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Dec. 6 2013 12:17 PM

Rick Santorum Compares Mandela's Fight Against Apartheid to the Fight Against Obamacare

In which Rick Santorum ensures an inevitable, totally apt comparison gets made:

"What he was advocating for was not necessarily the right answer, but he was fighting against some great injustice," Santorum told Bill O'Reilly. "And I would make the argument that we have a great injustice going on right now in this country with an ever-increasing size of government that is taking over and controlling people's lives, and Obamacare is front and center of that."

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Santorum, to his credit, is keenly self-aware of his tendency to speak out of turn, as he told Byron York in August:

Would he be more disciplined if he ran again? Yes and no. Yes, he’ll have better answers. “I’m going to say I don’t believe we should change the laws on contraception in this country,” Santorum says. And he won’t talk about throwing up. Or call the president a snob. But with Santorum, discipline can only go so far. “Sure, it was a breakdown of discipline,” he says, “but to suggest that Rick Santorum is a disciplined candidate — show me any time in the history of my career that I was disciplined in this regard.”

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