At Friday’s Conservative Political Action Conference, former Republican presidential contender Rick Santorum Santorum referenced an unexpected source — the Buddha.
Addressing the crowd, Santorum, well-known for conservative Catholic beliefs, spoke about his young nephew, who died from a painful illness the day before. “I couldn’t help but have my experience yesterday impact my message here to you today,” he said. “I thought of Buddha’s first noble truth – to live is to suffer.” Santorum then went on to say that while medicine has taken great strides to reduce physical pain, Democrats have gone too far in using government programs to reduce other types of pain with taxpayers’ money. Read the rest of the story, and watch a brief video clip, here.