Posted at 07:43 PM ET, 03/20/2012

Obama shouldn’t have let his daughter go to Mexico, Santorum says


In this Dec. 11, 2011 file photo, President Barack Obama with first lady Michelle Obama, left, and their daughters Sasha and Malia, right, walk from the White House in Washington to attend a Sunday service at nearby St. John's Church. The White House says President Obama's oldest daughter, Malia, is safe and never was in danger during a strong earthquake Tuesday in Mexico. (Manuel Balce Ceneta - AP)
There’s been some debate today over whether news outlets should have reported that President Obama’s 13-year-old daughter, Malia, is in Mexico this week for a spring trip.

But Rick Santorum isn’t weighing in on those reports – he’s opining on whether Obama should have allowed his daughter to go on the trip in the first place.

“What I would say is that the president’s actions should reflect what his administration is saying,” Santorum told Glenn Beck in a Tuesday phone interview. “And if the administration is saying that it’s not safe to have people down there, then just because you can send 25 Secret Service agents doesn’t mean you should do it. You should set an example. I think that’s what presidents do. They set an example. And when the government’s saying this is not safe, then you don’t set the example by sending your kids down there.”

Santorum added: “Again, I’m not being critical of what his daughter wanted to do – she obviously had friends going there. I’m sure she wanted to go along. But I think you have a higher duty when you’re president, to set that example as to you’re not above the law; you’re not someone who can say one thing to some group and then do something else. I think that sets a very bad precedent.”

The State Department last month issued a travel warning for Mexico noting, among other things, that “the rising number of kidnappings and disappearances throughout Mexico is of particular concern.”

But no warning is in effect for Oaxaca, the state to which the group including Malia Obama is reported to be traveling.

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