Santorum: Indiana Governor Mike Pence Should Have Stood Firm on Religious Freedom Law

“I was hoping he wouldn’t change it,” Santorum said on CBS’ Face the Nation


Former Sen. Rick Santorum said Sunday he wishes Indiana had not altered its controversial religious freedom law.

Santorum, a likely 2016 GOP presidential contender, said Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) had weathered a difficult storm over his state’s legislation. All the same, he said, he had hoped for a stronger stand for religious liberty in the Hoosier State.

“This is about the government coming in and saying, ‘We’re going to make you do this,’” he added of the law’s implications for faith-based decisions.

Santorum judged Pence’s changes as “acceptable” given the circumstances. The governor approved a legislative fix on Thursday correcting the law’s perceived problems.

“I think you’re seeing attitudes in this country change,” Santorum told host Norah O’Donnell. “When attitudes change, you run into a lot of new issues."