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Posted at 03:12 PM ET, 03/12/2012

Rick Santorum spokeswoman’s Dutch treat

The Loop would like to bestow a special award, the Superglue Award for Adherence to Talking Points, (or the Glueys) to Alice Stewart, spokeswoman for Rick Santorum.

In an impressive show of unwillingness to divert from script during an interview with a Dutch journalist posted on YouTube, Stewart subbornly repeats the phrase “Rick is strong pro-life” over and over again. However, that answer had little to do with what the poor fellow was seeking, which was a response to Santorum’s widely-refuted claims that 10 percent of all deaths in the Netherlands are from euthanasia-- half of which are involuntarily — and also that elderly folks wear bracelets requesting that they not be put to death.

Our own Fact Checker, Glenn Kessler, concluded there was “not a shred of evidence to back up Santorum’s claims about euthanasia in the Netherlands,” and they were widely mocked in Dutch media.

The clip is entertaining for a number of reasons, including the Dutch subtitles and Stewart’s perma-smile. But what really won over the judges was the wink she offers (see 1:12), as if to say, “C’mon, you know I’ve got a job to do here.”

Watch and learn, aspiring flacks, because this is how it’s done.

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