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Rick Santorum: Teleprompters Should Be Illegal

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Rick Santorum’s ongoing war against teleprompters was taken to the next level recently when the Republican presidential candidate said in a speech that the machines should be illegal.

"See, I always believed that when you run for president of the United States, it should be illegal to read off a teleprompter, because all you're doing is reading someone else's words to people," Santorum said while campaigning in Mississippi, CNN reports.

"You're voting for someone who is going to be the leader of our government," Santorum continued. "It's important for you to understand who that person is in their own words, see them, look them in the eye ... hear what's (in their) heart."

Santorum has been very vocal about his disapproval of the use of teleprompters. He first began targeting President Barack Obama, whose frequent use of a teleprompter has long been a point of Republican jokes. More recently Santorum set his sights on his Republican primary opponent Mitt Romney, who has also used a teleprompter.

"You're choosing a leader,” Santorum said. “A leader isn't just about what's written on a piece of paper."

Recent Mississippi polls show Santorum trailing behind both Romney and Newt Gingrich in the state.

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