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Teleprompter use should be illegal, says Rick Santorum

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Rick Santorum has built an entire political campaign based on things he's against — separation of church and state, gay marriage, women in general. But unexpectedly, he's now come out swinging against an inanimate opponent: the teleprompter. 

"See, I always believed that when you run for president of the United States, it should be illegal to read off a teleprompter," Santorum said over the weekend. "Because all you're doing is reading someone else's words to people […] You're voting for someone who is going to be the leader of our government. It's important for you to understand who that person is in their own words, see them, look them in the eye… hear what's (in their) heart."

An unexpected stance from a man who's proven time and again his desperate need for help in making appropriate public statements, but Santorum remained firm, railing against "focus-grouped" campaign speeches that come from "pollsters and speechwriters."

"You're choosing a leader," said Santorum. "A leader isn't just about what's written on a piece of paper." Could this mean Santorum is readying himself to challenge his fellow candidates, and possibly even President Obama, to a debate speech-off? We could be on the brink of an new chapter in American politics.