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Soledad O’Brien Dukes It Out With Santorum Spokesman Over Controversial ‘Theology’ Comments

On CNN’s Starting Point Monday, Soledad O’Brien grilled Rick Santorum communications director Hogan Gidley over comments his candidate made about President Obama‘s “phony theology.”

“What’s that mean?” O’Brien asked Gidley. “It’s not a theology…he’s talking about President Obama, not about jobs, it’s about a phony ideal: ‘Not a theology based on the Bible, a different theology.’ Well, what do you mean?”

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“I think Rick has been very clear and probably the only candidate in this race who has actually defended the President’s Christianity and his own personal beliefs,” Gidley responded. “What Rick was talking about was the President’s ideology has turned into a theology of sorts, and he was talking about — you didn’t play the clip before that — but he was talking about the energy crisis in this country. Skyrocketing gas prices across the nation. People are upset and people are angry, but what drives that is a refusal by this President to adequately address energy problems. And instead focusing on green energy and…”

“I hear you. All right,” O’Brien interrupted. “I’m just going to stop you so we can run over this last part because I really want to understand this. The words he actually used were, ‘not a theology based on the Bible.’ He’s not saying, ‘not a theology based on the gas pump.’ He said, ‘not a theology based on the Bible.’ What does that mean?” O’Brien pressed.

Gidley said that Santorum had repeatedly clarified his comments.

“You saw in the crowd — the people in the crowd got it,” Gidley shot back. “The journalists were the ones that were confused. The crowd got it. They applauded.”

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