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Protests interrupt Rick Santorum speech

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on Feb. 13, 2012 at 8:32 pm |
February 13, 2012 11:23 pm

Upon further review, maybe it wasn’t the best site to host a rally for a Republican presidential candidate.

Outside the Washington State History Museum downtown, Santorum is speaking in a beautiful setting — one that is right next to the Occupy Tacoma encampment.

Santorum had no sooner started speaking than Occupy activists in the crowd interrupted him with chants. Police hauled some of them off but chants could still be heard throughout his speech, often drowned out by the mostly supportive crowd’s cheers.

Santorum quickly turned them into the focus of his speech.

There are going to be people in this country that are vocal and that are working hard to change what this country is all about. … They don’t want to hear what the other side has to say. All they’re interested in is shouting out. Why? Because if they have a reasoned, rational discussion they can’t be successful. They can’t win.

“We hear people here tonight trying to divide America into one percentage and another percentage,” he said, and President Barack Obama “supported them and embraced them.”

The biggest applause line came when he suggested protesters, “instead of standing here unemployed yelling at somebody, to go out and get a job and work for a living.”
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