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Santorum: Obama supports ‘phony theology — not a theology based on the Bible’

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This post has been updated. An earlier version misquoted Santorum as saying “phony ideology,” not “phony theology.”

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Former senator Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) made some comments on Obama’s beliefs at a tea party rally here Saturday morning that are likely to raise some eyebrows.

Obama believes in “some phony theology. Not a theology based on the Bible. A different theology,” Santorum said, according to Steve Peoples of the Associated Press.

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Republican presidential candidate and former senator Rick Santorum at a Michigan Faith and Freedom Coalition rally Friday.

The reported remark was made during an address to more than 300 tea party supporters gathered in the conference room of an airport hotel here.

Obama campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt called Santorum’s statement “just the latest low in a Republican primary campaign that has been fueled by distortions, ugliness, and searing pessimism and negativity — a stark contrast with the President who is focused everyday on creating jobs and restoring economic security for the middle class.”

Most of Santorum’s remarks to the crowd here Saturday were focused not on religion or social issues but on the economy and the race for the GOP nomination; Santorum slammed former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney for “bailing out” the 2002 Salt Lake Olympic Games.


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