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Santorum: “We Always Need a Jesus Candidate”

NJDC — January 6, 2012 – 11:07 am | Election 2012 | GOP Presidential Candidates 2012 | Republicans | Separation of Church & State Comments (4) Add a comment

As further evidence of the incongruence between Republican presidential candidate former Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) and the vast majority of American Jews, Santorum declared yesterday that “we always need a Jesus candidate” more than an “economic” candidate. ABC News reported:

Santorum told the audience about a radio interview out of Boston he did earlier today.

According to Santorum, the interviewer said, ‘We don’t need a Jesus candidate, we need an economic candidate.’

‘My answer to that,’ Santorum added, ‘was we always need a Jesus candidate.’

‘We need someone who believes in something more than themselves and not just the economy,’ he added. ‘When we say, “God bless America,” do we mean it or do we just say it?’

This latest comment from Santorum is unsurprising given his frequent focus on right-wing “values” issues. However, it does imply that as president Santorum would—like his colleagues in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives—spend the bulk of his time pursuing conservative social policies instead of working to create jobs.




Suzy | January 6, 2012 – 3:21 pm

I’m so tired of political debates that are about “I’m godlier that you” I would love to get back to a campaign that was about America and the American people. I don’t care where someone gets their values , it’s enough to know that they have them.

Neil Aronoff | January 6, 2012 – 3:45 pm

Santorum may say we need a Jesus candidate.  But does Jesus want that, in general, or him, more specifically?  I doubt it>

Rose Joy Ulan | January 8, 2012 – 6:38 pm

I suggest going on his website and reminding him that not everyone in the US believes in Jesus.

Rabbi Moshe Adler | January 8, 2012 – 10:27 pm

Dear Senator Santorum,
Okay by me, provided that we add a Moses candidate, a Muhammed candidate, and nondenominational-God-worshipper too.

Christian faith is deeply moving and I truly respect it.  But Christian, or any other, theocracy is downright wrong and dangerous.  Moreover, God is neither Republican nor Democrat, Jewish or gentile, and an unconditional lover of all His human creatures. 

Please, then: Run as a Republican or a Democrat, and not as a “church lady” who thinks everyone that doesn’t share her beliefs is a disciple of Satan.


Rabbi Moshe Adler
University Heights, OH

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