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Rick Santorum gets Pope Francis thrown at him on ‘climate change’ — but doesn’t give an inch

Devout Catholic and former Sen. Rick Santorum got the pope thrown at him on the climate change debate and never flinched — he maintained that the argument is more “political science” than it is pure science, and the debate is far from settled.

The Pennsylvania Republican, who announced his second presidential bid in late May, appeared on “Fox News Sunday” where the discussion turned to climate change.

Host Chris Wallace reminded Santorum that the former senator suggested Pope Francis should stick to theological matters after the pope announced a June 18 release an encyclical addressing man-made climate change. He added that the pope had a degree in chemistry.

“If he shouldn’t talk about it, should you?” Wallace asked.

“We have to make decision with respect to our public policy that affect American workers,” Santorum answered. “The pope can talk about whatever he wants to talk about. It’s about what he should put his moral authority towards. I think there are more pressing problems confronting the Earth than climate change.”

Santorum observed that none of the climate predictions made 15 years ago have come to fruition.

“This is what bothers me about this debate – the idea that the science is settled,” he told Wallace.

“Any time you hear a scientist say, ‘the science is settled,’ that’s political science and not real science,” Santorum said. “No scientist in his right mind would ever say the science is settled.”

The grilling was one more reminder that a Fox News interview is no guaranteed cakewalk for Republicans. Other networks might take a lesson when they interview Dems.

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