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Drudge Hitting Santorum Hard Over Old 'Satan' Speech

Sign of trouble for him among conservatives?
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 21, 2012 5:12 PM CST
Drudge Hitting Santorum Hard Over Old 'Satan' Speech
Rick Santorum addresses the Ohio Christian Alliance conference Feb. 18 in Columbus, Ohio.   (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

(Newser) – Rick Santorum's two biggest problems today appear to be Satan and Matt Drudge. The latter is using his influential Drudge Report to highlight a 2008 speech Santorum gave in which he warned about Satan having his "sights on" the US, reports Politico. "Drudge is making Santorum look like the scary mom from Carrie," writes Elspeth Reeve at AtlanticWire. Drudge's site gave Newt Gingrich similarly rough treatment in January (though not about religion) after he had surged in the polls to challenge Mitt Romney, notes the piece.

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Rush Limbaugh addressed the issue at length on his show today—see the transcript here, which includes Santorum quotes from the speech. "It's headlined on Drudge and the left has it, and Santorum will have to deal with it," says Limbaugh. "He'll have to answer it. I don't know. It's just not the kind of stuff you hear a presidential candidate talk about. It's not ordinary in that sense." (Read more Rick Santorum 2012 stories.)

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