Santorum: JFK Speech Made Me Want to ‘Throw Up’

by | February 27, 2012 at 12:39 PM | General

As the latest frontrunner to challenge Mitt Romney for the GOP presidential nomination, Rick Santorum has been getting plenty of airtime in recent weeks.

One point of interest has been Santorum’s catholic faith – if elected, he would be just the second catholic president in U.S. history.

The first, of course, was John F. Kennedy.

But don’t think that shared faith means Santorum sees eye-to-eye with Kennedy on the subject.

In fact, Santorum told ABC News on Sunday that Kennedy’s famous 1960 speech on the role of religion in politics made him want to “throw up.”

The Sept. 12, 1960, address to the Greater Houston Ministerial Association was widely seen as an important steppingstone for the first catholic president, who had to address fears that he’d take orders from the pope rather than the American people.

“To say that people of faith have no role in the public square? You bet that makes you throw up. What kind of country do we live in that says only people of non-faith can come into the public square and make their case?” Santorum told George Stephanopoulos.
“That makes me throw up and it should make every American who is seen from the president, someone who is now trying to tell people of faith that you will do what the government says, we are going to impose our values on you, not that you can’t come to the public square and argue against it, but now we’re going to turn around and say we’re going to impose our values from the government on people of faith, which of course is the next logical step when people of faith, at least according to John Kennedy, have no role in the public square,” Santorum told ABC.