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Today Santorum Loves the Tea Party, Hates Libertarians?

Over at Breitbart.tv, we feature a video where Rick Santorum looks to get Tea Party support. (South Carolina’s Tea Party groups hold their own convention in Myrtle Beach on Sunday, Jan. 15, and Monday, Jan. 16, the same day that the next — the 16th — of the presidential debates takes place.)

Santorum tells us:

“I believe in capitalism. Unfortunately sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t in the sense of a particular business. Let the record out there. Let the American people see what Governor Romney did and let them make the decision for themselves but I think for Republicans to go out there and start hammering capitalism is not a smart idea and one that could come back to bite us.”

But earlier this month, Townhall released a video in which Rick Santorum railed against the libertarian (or limited government) influence in the Tea Party movement. The event took place at a Press Club luncheon in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania back in June, 2011 and Santorum appears to be criticizing the libertarians and limited government wings of the Tea Party.

Santorum has been a long-time foe of limited government and libertarians, the philosophy that most animates the Tea Party. “Some will reject what I have to say as a kind of Big Government conservatism” Santorum wrote in his 2005 book It Takes a Family.

Also in 2005 Santorum criticized fellow Republicans who didn’t want to deal with the social issues. “They took a more Goldwaterish libertarian point of view when it comes to the interaction of government in people’s lives, and I think to the detriment of the country,” he said. Santorum is anti-individualist, denouncing, in another interview, “this whole idea of personal autonomy.” He favored making divorces harder to obtain and says that the “value structure” of trying to put religion back into the schools is what is at stake in this election.

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