Posted on November 23, 2011

Santorum Endorses Profiling Muslims

Dan Merica, CNN, November 23, 2011

Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum said at Tuesday’s CNN National Security Debate that he would improve airport security by profiling, particularly Muslims and young men.

“Obviously Muslims would be someone you’d look at, absolutely,” Santorum said. “Those are the folks who . . . the radical Muslims are the people that are committing these crimes by and large, as well as younger males.”

Santorum said profiling was important because the American security apparatus should strive to “find the bomber, not the bomb.”

Presidential contender Herman Cain said Santorum’s support of profiling was “oversimplifying it.” He did, though, support “targeted identification.”

“We can do targeted identification,” Cain said. “If you take a look at the people who are trying to kill us, it would be easy to figure out exactly what that identification profile looks like.”