Conservative author S.E. Cupp didn't take kindly to Bloomberg's Margaret Carlson calling Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum a zealot on CNN's Reliable Sources Sunday.
"Rick Santorum is not a zealot," scolded Cupp. "He happens to be a Christian and a conservative. That's it, end of story" (video follows with transcript and commentary):
MARGARET CARLSON, BLOOMBERG: Well, this is always, you know, what somebody does when they want it both ways, is to blame the media for bringing it up. And David makes a good point. You know, you do get on the front page if the issue’s contraception, and you don't always get there if it's, you know, the banking crisis. However, the media needs the predicate. It's not as if we raise it. And Rick Santorum is a zealot. That is his main problem.
KURTZ: In your view?
CARLSON: In my view he --
KURTZ: A lot of people would disagree with that.
CARLSON: -- he can't help himself from going on and on, and deeper and deeper, and at the end contraception is evil. So, he goes there. We don't.
DAVID BRODY, CBN NEWS: I think -- you know, it depends how you define zealot. I don't know, I mean, zealot has somewhat of a negative connotation, I would think.
CARLSON: He doesn't debate it. He just --
KURTZ: What's that, S.E. Cupp?
S.E. CUPP: It does not, it does not depend on how you define zealot. Rick Santorum is not a zealot. He happens to be a Christian and a conservative. That's it, end of story. There is no zealot about him. That’s absolutely preposterous.
Nicely said, S.E. Brava!
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