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Santorum Aide “Misspoke” On Obama’s “Radical Islamic Policies”

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Rick Santorum‘s campaign has retracted or clarified several high-profile gaffes over the last few days; but none seem to be slowing Santorum’s momentum as he surges to the head of the polls nationally and in Mitt Romney‘s home state of Michigan, site of an influential upcoming primary.

Santorum faced harsh criticism for his comment on Saturday that President Obama was led by a “phony theology… not a theology based on the Bible.” Many felt the candidate was stoking the persistent false accusations that the president is not Christian, or is a Muslim.

Santorum clarified on CBS on Sunday that he was referring to Obama’s environmental policies, claiming they are not based on science and are detrimental to the economy. The candidate also stated that he does not doubt the president is a Christian.

But on Monday, a Santorum aide addressing the incident on MSNBC said Santorum was referring to Obama’s “radical Islamic policies.” Host Andrea Mitchell apparently did not hear the slip, and the aide, Alice Stewart, later called to say she had misspoken and intended to say “radical environmental policies.”

The video indeed shows Stewart’s Islamic comment as oddly out of place. But many are upset that the Santorum camp has gotten away with such mistakes, or even has been able to “have their cake and eat it too” by implying falsehoods about the president without saying them outright. Indeed, as Santorum is now leading Romney by 10 points nationally in the latest Gallup poll, this might be exactly what voters want to hear.

But would the message hold up in a general election? “Now, it appears that what [Santorum] meant was to question the faith of all Americans who believe clean water, air and land is in the public interest,” said an editorial in the Baltimore Sun.

What do you think? Is Santorum on his way to the nomination.

[via The Washington Post]

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