Rick Santorum: ‘Crazy Stuff’ Comments On Contraception Hurt Campaign

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January 20, 2015 11:04 a.m.

During his 2012 presidential run, former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) focused his campaign on social conservative issues, includng his anti-abortion stance. But in a recent interview with MSNBC, Santorum, who seems to be gearing up for another run in 2016, suggested that was all “crazy stuff.”

In an interview with NBC Santorum said that his last presidential campaign was defined by states on contraception and anti-abortion stances and similar “crazy stuff that doesn’t have anything to do with anything.” Santorum himself also said that his campaign suffered for some “dumb things” he said.

Santorum’s comments came during a visit with South Carolina activists he made over the weekend. MSNBC’s Benjy Sarlin reported that during that visit, Santorum made a speech outlining what his 2016 campaign would look like—it emphasized more conservative views on immigration reform and less on opposing same-sex marriage.

“We see wages depressed, we see median income going down, and I think legal immigration is a part of that puzzle,” Santorum told MSNBC.

It is a shift from 2012 when Santorum focused much of his energy on contraception and gay marriage while running for president. In an interview with Time magazine he said that if he was elected president he would talk about “the dangers of contraception in this country, the whole sexual libertine idea.”

(H/t: The Huffington Post)

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