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Santorum in "the devil's playground"

Former Sen. Rick Santorum, now in the movie business, is pushing his new Christmas film.

Santorum in "the devil's playground"

Rick Santorum, seen here in 2012, <br /><br />CHARLES DHARAPAK / Associated Press
Rick Santorum, seen here in 2012, CHARLES DHARAPAK / Associated Press

Former Senator and presidential candidate Rick Santorum got a big chunk of TV time Monday on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" to talk about his company's new film, "The Christmas Candle," set to open in theaters nationwide this Friday.

Santorum, you may recall, was a two-term Pennsylvania senator who finished second in 2012 GOP delegates to Mitt Romney after a series of bruising primary battles.

Well now he's in the movie business. He's CEO of EchoLight Studios which produces films "for families of faith."

Santorum talked about "The Christmas Candle," a film set in a small Victorian England village, as a cross between holiday classics "A Christmas Carol" and "It's a Wonderful Life."

You can watch a trailer here.

He said he got in the biz because Hollywood doesn't do such a good job producing movies about faith and because three (of his seven) kids are in college and he needs to work.

During his MSNBC appearance, however, he didn't use any of the language he's used in the recent past.

Last month, for example, he's quoted in Great Britian's The Guardian saying that he got in the movie business because Hollywood is "the devil's playground." And he encouraged Christians to support his films because, "...the devil, for a long, long time, has had this, these screens, for his playground. And he isn't going to give it up easily."

In case you're wondering about his political future, he was just in Iowa --for a screening in Des Moines of "The Christmas Candle."

But I'm betting his "Ghost of Candidates Past" is already in pre-production.

John Baer Daily News Political Columnist
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