Santorum: I Don't Care About Unemployment
Well, yes he does, he explains after gaffe
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 20, 2012 8:13 AM CDT
Republican presidential candidate, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum speaks at a campaign rally Monday, March 19, 2012, in East Peoria, Ill.   (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)
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(Newser) – Rick Santorum had a pretty big oops moment yesterday while campaigning in Illinois, when he boldly stated, "I don't care what the unemployment rate's going to be. Doesn't matter to me." His campaign "doesn't hinge on unemployment rates and growth rates," apparently. He explained: "We have one nominee who says he wants to run the economy. What kind of conservative says that the president runs the economy?"

Santorum later backtracked a bit, Politico reports, explaining that he does "want the unemployment rate to go down." The Romney campaign was, of course, gleeful over the gaffe, and Romney quickly used it in his own Illinois speech, ABC News notes. Hours after saying it, Santorum told another crowd in the state that sometimes "you wish you had a … do-over," adding that when you don't use a "teleprompter" or "notes that someone else gave you," these things happen. "But you know what," he concluded, "I think it’s important that you get a sense of how real the candidate is, mistakes and all."