Imagine. The Tea Party members are too wacky for Rick Santorum!
HARRISBURG – Former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, a potential Republican presidential candidate, warned Monday that conservatives should be wary of the libertarian strain of thought in the tea party movement.
Santorum was responding to a question about Kentucky Republican Senate nominee Rand Paul, who last week said he disagreed with the idea that the federal government should have a right to bar private businesses, such as restaurants, from discriminating on the basis of race, as it did in the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
“I don’t think the libertarians have it right when it comes to what the Constitution is all about . . . or when it comes to our history,” Santorum said at the Pennsylvania Press Club. “When there are clear wrongs in society, injustice in society – sure, you handle it at the local level if you can – but when the local and state governments are in cahoots with the injustice, then the federal government has to step in and do something.”