A political tip sheet for the rest of us
WASHINGTON — A political tip sheet for the rest of us outside the Washington Beltway, for Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012:
ANTI-OBAMA RHETORIC: Rick Santorum's rhetoric about President Barack Obama is becoming increasingly harsh. He's questioning not just the president's competence but also his motives and even his Christian values. Mitt Romney piled on after being drawn into a discussion of social issues, topics he rarely ever mentions without prompting. Tucked into sometimes lengthy speeches, Santorum says Obama cares only about power, not the "interests of people." He says Obama's health care overhaul includes a "hidden message" about the president's disregard for impaired fetuses, which might be aborted once their condition is known. Santorum even has seemed to compare Obama to Adolf Hitler, though he denies trying to do that. Romney, meanwhile, said the Obama administration has "fought against religion" and has sought to substitute a "secular" agenda for one grounded in faith. Romney said it's a possible result of the company the president keeps. Obama's re-election campaign said Romney's comments were "disgraceful."