Obama campaign 'surprised' Santorum 'wouldn't agree' candidates' children are off-limits

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Santorum, who has seven children of his own, on Tuesday criticized Obama for failing to "set an example" by allowing teenage daughter Malia to accompany friends to Mexico for spring break.

"When the government is saying this is not safe, you don't set the example by sending your kids down there," Santorum told conservative Glenn Beck.

Santorum went on to suggest Obama's permission set him "above the law."

Malia's trip to Oaxaca actually does not fall under the State Department’s warning against traveling in Mexico.

Her trip to the Mexican state was considered off-limits by most media outlets, due to a policy of privacy for presidential children.

The White House did confirm that Malia was in Mexico, and safe, following an earthquake on Tuesday.

“We would reiterate our request that the media respect the privacy and security of the Obama children and not report on or photograph the girls when they are not with their parents," White House spokeswoman Kristina Schake told The Hill in an email.