Santorum visits Chattanooga, criticizes Obamacare and federal government shutdown

Rick Santorum, who won Tennessee’s Republican presidential primary in 2012, visited to promote a movie release Thursday and talked some politics while there, reports the Chattanooga TFP.

The current and expected future problems with Obamacare are why the strategy by conservative Republicans to defund the law last month — ultimately resulting in a 16-day partial government shutdown — was the wrong thing to do, Santorum said.

“It was the right thing [to oppose it],” he said “but the wrong time. They should have let the government fund it, let it roll out” and then let it crash on its own merits.

Santorum said he does not disagree with the aims of conservative Republicans, but takes issue with how to accomplish those goals.
“You don’t need to go full frontal on every issue you have,” he said.

Santorum, 55, won pluralities in Hamilton County and Tennessee in the 2012 GOP presidential primary, but ultimately lost to Mitt Romney.

While he is “happy” and enjoys his work as CEO of Dallas-based EchoLight, he is “open to looking at [another presidential run in] 2016 as a possibility” if things fall into place as they did in 2012, he said.

…Santorum was in Chattanooga to promote “The Christmas Candle,” a film released by Echo-Light Studios, of which he is chief executive officer.

The movie, based on a book by Max Lucado and featuring the acting debut of British singing sensation Susan Boyle, dwells on Christmas miracles that occur every 25 years in a small Victorian English village.

“It’s a Christmas movie about Christmas” in a time when most holiday releases focus on anything but, Santorum said. “It’s a beautiful film, a beautiful story.”
One of the film’s most touching aspects is that it deals with people struggling with their faith, he said.