September 24th, 2013
10:10 AM ET

Former Senator Rick Santorum: '[Rouhani] is a puppet that they put up'

Former Senator Rick Santorum appears on “New Day” to talk GOP infighting, Senator Ted Cruz’s plan to defund Obamacare, and his thoughts on a government shutdown.

Later in the interview, Santorum addresses the possibility of President Obama meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani at the United Nations General Assembly Tuesday.

When Anchor Kate Bolduan asks if he agrees with Senator Ted Cruz’s fight to defund Obamacare to fund the government, Santorum replied, “My feeling is I would be with Ted Cruz in the sense that what happens in Washington, D.C. is everybody sort of muddles together and tries to sort of work things out. And when you have a President and Senate controlled by one party, that means generally speaking if you want more limited government, it’s going to be bad deal, unless someone can plant a flag and say no, we’re going to pull this discussion this way a little bit and not just do business as usual. And I think that’s what Ted [Cruz] and Mike Lee and others have done. And I think that’s a good thing. It’s too soon to tell whether the strategy has worked or not.”

On whether or not President Obama should meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani at the United Nations General Assembly, Santorum says, “The President of United States should never meet with someone who’s not the president of their country. The leader of the Iran is the mullahs in charge is the Ayatollah… [Rouhani] is a puppet that they put up. The President of the United States should not meet with a puppet. That diminishes the presidency and diminishes the United States even further.” He adds, “No way he should be meeting with this fraud, as far as I’m concerned.”

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  1. John

    I never agree with Santorum on anything, but he is correct that the president of Iran is a figurehead. he has zero power to decide anything. So what is the point of negotiating with someone with zero power to do anything.

    October 1, 2013 at 12:43 pm | Reply
  2. EarthView

    Rick Santorum is an ignoramus. Nobody care what he says about foreign affairs, a subject he knows nothing about.

    September 25, 2013 at 1:19 pm | Reply
  3. dougjmiller

    Iran is controlled by a radical Islamic dictatorship. It's a theocratic tyranny with the ayatollahs in charge. Elections are staged mainly for propaganda purposes. The office of "president" is merely ceremonial. The Ayatollahs give the orders. Rouhani, who is a radical Islamist and not a moderate, is mainly a spokesman for the Ayatollahs. But no matter who was installed as "president," the regime will continue to violently oppress the Persian people, to be the major underwriter of terrorism around the Middle East and other parts of the world, and will race to acquire nuclear weapons in order to intimidate and possibly incinerate other nations. So whether you have Achmadinejad pounding his fists or Rouhani romancing the press, nothing has changed except the window dressing.

    September 25, 2013 at 6:10 am | Reply
  4. William Shelton

    When Rick Santorum says of a possible meeting between Presidents Obama and Rouhani, "“No way he [Obama] should be meeting with this fraud...", the only fraud I see in the equation is Rick Santorum himself.

    September 25, 2013 at 5:58 am | Reply

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