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Rick Santorum Denies Comparing Obama To Hitler

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Rick Santorum is clarifying controversial comments about Obama once again.

When he likened the buildup to World War II to the election, the GOP hopeful left some wondering where Obama fit into the extended metaphor.

"Remember, the greatest generation for a year and a half sat on the sidelines while Europe was under darkness," Santorum said on Sunday at a megachurch in Georgia. "We're a hopeful people. We think, 'Well, you know, it'll get better. Yeah, he's a nice guy. I mean, it won't be near as bad as what we think. This will be okay. I mean, yeah, maybe he's not the best guy after a while, after a while you find out some things about this guy over in Europe who's not so good of a guy after all...'"

Santorum defended his comments Monday when asked whether he was comparing the president to Hitler.

"No, of course not," he told a National Journal-CBS News reporter. "The World War II metaphor is one I've used 100 times in my career."

Santorum has been on the attack against Obama, telling an Ohio Tea Party audience that the president's agenda stems from "some phony theology, not a theology based on the Bible." He insisted over the weekend that he was not questioning Obama's faith.

"I've repeatedly said I don't question the president's faith. I've repeatedly said that I believe the president's Christian," he said Sunday on "Face the Nation." "I am talking about his world view, and the way he approaches problems in this country. I think they're different than how most people do in America."

His press secretary, Alice Stewart, did not help matters when she slipped up Monday on MSNBC and used the phrase "radical Islamic policies" to describe Obama's stance on the environment. She quickly said that she had misspoken and regretted the mistake.

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