Rick Santelli on his CNBC mortgage rant: 'We really, really tapped into a nerve'

According to CNBC’s Rick Santelli, he didn’t launch into his self-described rant on the floor of the Chicago_Board of Trade against President Barack Obama’s mortgage bailout plan the other day with any other agenda than to vent his belief “the government is promoting bad behavior” through the program.

Santelli said over the weekend it was only just occurring to him how his newly raised profile from his call for a Chicago Tea Party -- which seems to have resonated with many Americans, made him a viral video star and drew a White House rebuke -- might be parlayed into other...