Rick Santorum Doesn’t Care About the Unemployed?

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"I don't care what the unemployment rate will be," Rick Santorum proclaimed in a speech today. "It doesn't matter to me." On it's own, that seems like a pretty dumb thing to say! Except, or course, it wasn't on its own. Dave Weigel explains:

The context? I've heard Santorum make this point in other speeches. Roughly: Mitt Romney can only win if the economy is lousy. I, a full-spectrum conservative, can win in any situation.

Ah, okay. That makes more sense. Clearly, Santorum wasn't saying that he doesn't care about the millions of Americans struggling for work, or anything like that, heh ...

Mitt Romney's campaign pounced on the line, with spokeswoman Andrea Saul emailing reporters: "He Said WHAT?!"

"Wow. Sen. Santorum may not care about the unemployment rate in this country or the nearly 24 million Americans struggling for work, but Mitt Romney does and is running to get people back to work," she said.

Wait — the Romney campaign is taking an opponent's remark completely out of context? That is shocking.