LIVE:

Power Players

Rick Santorum says nominating pro-life VP candidate is “non-negotiable”

Power Players

Spinners and Winners

Former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum bested ABC News' Jonathan Karl in a bowling showdown, rolling his way to a 125-109 victory. Oh, and he also talked politics.

Asked if he thought choosing former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice — who describes herself as "pro-choice" — as Romney's vice presidential pick would be a mistake, Santorum thought it would make a Republican victory less likely, "this is non-negotiable for a vice presidential pick."

Santorum wants presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney to win the White House because President Obama, he says, is abusing his power. Case in point, according to the former Pennsylvania senator, is the recent change to welfare reform giving states more flexibility to waive work requirements.

Welfare reform was "something that we fought for, President Clinton signed in 1996 right before the election. Huge transformation of the welfare rolls, dramatic reductions, increases in employment, reductions in poverty, a transformation of welfare, probably the single greatest accomplishment, social welfare-wise, in the last 20 years. And President Obama gets up and says, 'Nope I'm going to change the law, by speaking,' " says Santorum.

"This sounds like a two-bit dictator, not a President of the United States."

Santorum piled on the fiery comments, comparing Obama to Italy's former dictator Benito Mussolini and urging Romney to attack Obama's "imperial presidency" on the stump.

Check out this week's Spinners and Winners to see Santorum's bowling skills in action, and to hear what he says is evidence of how Obama is "far outside the mainstream."

View Comments (3516)