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Tom Brokaw: Rick Santorum Is 'Like A Character In A Bruce Willis Movie' (VIDEO)

Posted: 02/28/12 10:41 PM ET  |  Updated: 02/28/12 10:51 PM ET

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Tom Brokaw made an unexpected comment about Rick Santorum during MSNBC's coverage of the Michigan primaries on Tuesday, saying that the GOP presidential candidate was "like a character in a Bruce Willis movie."

Brokaw was speaking before the race was called for Romney, but he had things to say about the eventual winner as well.

Romney, he said, was "not prepared for the unexpected on the campaign trail." He also compared Romney to George H.W. Bush, another wealthy candidate with a tendency for gaffes. But he said Bush was able to win because he had a "warm relationship" with the public that Romney does not.

Then he brought out his filmic analogy for Santorum.

"He's like a character in a Bruce Willis movie," he said. "He just knows how to stay alive. He's running through the jungle, fighting back, shooting from the hip, takes a lot of hits, stays angry the entire time, and he is giving a voice to a lot of people out there whose lives have been completely upended."

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"Satan has his sights on the United States of America," Rick Santorum claimed in a 2008 speech. "This is a spiritual war. And the Father of Lies has his sights on what you would think the Father of Lies would have his sights on: a good, decent, powerful, influential country - the United States of America. If you were Satan, who would you attack in this day and age? There is no one else to go after other than the United States and that has been the case now for almost 200 years, once America's preeminence was sown by our great Founding Fathers."

Santorum has since defended the speech, telling CNN, "I'm a person of faith. I believe in good and evil. I think if somehow or another because you're a person of faith you believe in good and evil is a disqualifier for president, we're going to have a very small pool of candidates who can run for president."
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Filed by Jack Mirkinson  |