Rick Santorum Pledges to Wage War on… Birth Control?

So, according to presidential hopeful Rick Santorum, using birth control just ain’t gonna cut it.

In a recent interview, Santorum explained that the use of contraceptives is wrong… MORALLY… and furthermore, it is a danger to the country. The video in which he makes these crazy statements is from an interview in October with the evangelical blog Caffeinated Thoughts, and it’s making crazy rounds in the blogosphere today. In the video, Santorum insists that as president, he’d confront the “dangers of contraception” and the majority of religious groups who’ve given their approval for it.

In the man’s own words:

“It’s not OK, because it’s a license to do things in the sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be,” he says. “They’re supposed to be within marriage, for purposes that are, yes, conjugal… but also procreative. “

Among reactions in the blogosphere, Matt Lewis of the Daily Caller called Santorum’s comments an “October Surprise,” adding that this “was not a mistake or gaffe”. Michael Scherer of Time was quick to remind that only 8% of voters view the use of contraceptives as morally wrong, wondering what Santorum could hope to gain from this stance. Scherer wrote:

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“In politics, it is generally not a good thing to characterize something nearly every adult in the country has happily used as wrong”.

Lastly, Connor Friesdorf of the Atlantic called the interview “baffling,” saying that “Any politician who regards the adult use of contraceptives as a matter under his purview cannot lay claim to the limited government label.”

Here’s the video. The craziness begins around 17:40.

Think Santorum is going to win any new votes from his contraceptive comments?