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.