It’s fair to say the 2016 presidential contest was a disappointment for former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum.
As a result, Santorum dropped out of the race yesterday and endorsed Florida Senator Marco Rubio.
In that capacity, Santorum appeared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe this morning. The interview went south, however, when host Joe Scarborough asked Santorum to list Rubio’s top accomplishments.
“He’s been in the Senate four years, can you name his top accomplishment?,” Scarborough pressed.
“If you look at being in the minority in the United States Senate in a year when nothing got — four years where nothing got done, I guess it’s hard to say there are accomplishments,” Santorum responded. “I mean, tell me what happened during that four years that was an accomplishment for anybody? It was complete gridlock.”
When Scarborough noted that the Senate took back the majority in the 2014 elections, Santorum countered that Rubio has been running for President since that time.
“The bottom line is there isn’t a whole lot of accomplishments, Joe, and I just don’t think it’s a fair question,” Santorum concluded.
To be fair to the Senator, as an amateur history buff I could only think of two Presidents who had major accomplishments during their prior careers in Congress: the McKinley Tariff and the Truman Committee.
Nevertheless, this exchange will surely be relished by Democrats if Rubio becomes the nominee and encapsulates the difficult time Rick Santorum has had trying to once again become a leader in the Republican Party.