Rick Santorum's Africa problem

Republican presidential candidates former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum  (AFP Photo / Mark Wilson)
Most of America knows that Rick Santorum has a Google problem. After last night’s Republican debate though, it is clear that the GOP hopeful has a geography problem as well.

Responding to a question during last night’s debate televised on CNN, former Pennsylvania Senator Santorum goofed big-time on a little place called Africa. It seems Santorum seems to think that the world’s second-largest continent isn’t all that important — or a continent at all.

Fielding a question from former Bush Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz on poverty in third-world nations, Santorum said that American action in Africa to deal with their AIDS epidemic is “absolutely essential.”

Santorum probably should have stopped right there. Sadly, he didn’t.

“Africa was a country on the brink of complete meltdown and chaos,” he added.

With 56 countries spanning around 12 million square miles, Santorum may have made a little mistake. Standing alongside such brilliant minds as Herman Cain and Michele Bachmann last night though, he was at least in good company — and seems to have at least meant well too. While other candidates spoke out against US support overseas, Santorum at least acknowledged that America should be working with Africa — whether country or continent — to help their crisis.

Santorum isn’t the only candidate to err on Africa as of late. Last week Herman Cain insisted that the Taliban has a strong foothold in the new Libyan government, and at a debate earlier this year, Michele Bachmann goofed that she didn’t even know that Libya was in Africa.

That’s okay, guys. Not much is happening over there, anyways. Besides, it’s not like you’re running for president or anything.

Let’s not forget — if not for solely keeping the gag alive if not for anything else — that Google says that “Santorum” is “the frothy mixture of lube and fecal matter that is sometimes the by-product of anal sex.”Does that have anything to do with this article? Not really, but on behalf of the Internet in whole, let’s keep that one going for awhile, please.