Under the Dome

Santorum says default fears overblown

Former – and possibly future – Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum was in Charlotte Tuesday to promote a new film and headline a fundraiser for Lt. Gov. Dan Forest. He told the Charlotte Observer’s Jim Morrill that he’s glad he’s not in Washington these days. But he still tooka hardline position on the debt ceiling.

From the Observer: “ ‘There’s no reason to default,’ Santorum told us. ‘There’s plenty of money to pay our debt service. ... The idea that we’re going to default is ridiculous.’

“He also dismissed the damage caused by the weeks-old government shutdown. ‘I don’t know to many people facing cataclysmic changes in their lives,’ he said.” Read the full story.