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Santorum: We’re Too Deferential To The Supreme Court

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Chris Stigall spoke with former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum on Talk Radio 1210 WPHT about a variety of topics in advance of the Fourth of July.

Santorum said he is frustrated that Philadelphia does not have a higher profile in the nation’s celebration of Independence Day.

“Baltimore gets more visitors than Philadelphia — think about this, I just sort of scratch my head. We’ve got a lot of work to do.

Santorum On 4th Of July, Hobby Lobby Decision

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The history there and the understanding of who we are, that’s so important. America is not an ethnicity, it’s not a race, it’s a collection of people who share a common value and a common ideal and when we’ve lost that touch point — which is the Declaration and the Constitution, which of course, Philadelphia is the heartbeat of those documents — then we’ve lost something that is very important to America and we get adrift,” Santorum said.

He also said he agreed with the Supreme Court’s decision this week in the Hobby Lobby case, but thinks Congress should take stronger action when they believe the Court gets something wrong.

“One of the things I think we’ve been reticent to do is exercise the checks and balances and assert our right under the Constitution to determine what the laws of the land are. I think we are too deferential to the court, and I think that’s a very important issue.
Whether we agree with this court decision or not, it’s a very important issue that we do not defer to the court when they make a decision. If we think they are wrong, we have a right to go out and fight them, and we have not been doing that,” Santorum stated.

Santorum agreed with the plan by Speaker of the House John Boehner to sue President Obama for abusing his authority in issuing executive orders.

“The President of the United States is not a dictator, he’s not an emperor. He cannot sit there and pontificate with his pen and decide that I’m going to change the law or not enforce the law and make new laws,” he said.

Santorum will be appearing with Talk Radio 1210’s Dom Giordano Monday night, July 7th, at Citizens Bank Park to discuss his new book, Blue Collar Conservatives. Tickets for the event are available now at cbsphilly.com/speakerseries.

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