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Watch: Rick Santorum Defends Signing Anti-Gay Marriage Pledge

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Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum explained why he signed an Iowa conservative group's anti-gay "marriage pledge" on CNN's State of the Union this morning.

Though Santorum admits he was "taken aback" by some of the document's demands, particularly one requiring candidates themselves to pledge fidelity, the former Pennsylvania Senator also insists he had no qualms signing the controversial oath:

When I first read it I was taken aback, but I can't argue that I wasn't, but I understand why they are saying that. Because it does undermined peoples' respect for the institution, respect for the people governing this country. If you can't be faithful to the people that you are closest to, then how can we count on you to be faithful to those that you represent.

Watch Santorum and host Candy Crowley discuss his decision, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. ah. thanks for reminding me to google santorum.

    Posted by: Danny | Jul 10, 2011 5:21:27 PM


  2. I can't rationally respond to this man!

    Posted by: PLAINTOM | Jul 10, 2011 5:37:26 PM


  3. There's something she slips in (I don't want to listen to it again; I can only take so much Frothy Mix at a time) about respect for the marriages of others being part of the pledge -- which, in Iowa, would mean respect for the marriages of same-sex couples in that state. Did she mean to leave it hanging there, or was she planning to follow it up to make a point?

    Posted by: Doug Chgo | Jul 10, 2011 5:47:56 PM


  4. Why no one ask him about paragraph in the pledge about the slavery?

    Posted by: Akira | Jul 10, 2011 5:49:13 PM


  5. He just signed it to get press. Otherwise no one would be covering his dumb ass

    Posted by: JEFFUWS | Jul 10, 2011 5:49:21 PM


  6. really? REALLY? The most shocking part to him was the requirement to pledge to be faithful to his wife? The woman he pledged before his God to be faithful to? LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

    Posted by: Tim NC | Jul 10, 2011 5:51:32 PM


  7. Lol! Perfect screen cap of Frothy Mix. He looks like Gary Shandling in the middle of having a stroke AND a bad hair day!

    I don't believe either of them were serious contenders before, but Santorum and Bachmann really shot themselves in the foot by signing this mess. Even Vander Plaats has backed down TWICE already, claiming he only meant porn that women were "forced" into making (Uh huh, right) and removing the language stating that at least black children had both parents under slavery (unless mom and/or dad, you know, got effing SOLD!)

    But Bachmann and Santorum signed it well before those revisions and they're left holding the bag. It couldn't happen to two nicer fascists!

    Romney is still the one to keep an eye on. The Mormon church probably won't make an official decree for members to fund his campaign (See: Mormons and the funding of Prop 8) since it would look bad, but unofficially they'll be backing him with all the considerable money at their command. It remains to be seen if the Evangelicals can be convinced to vote for him, given their antipathy towards Mormons.

    Posted by: Codswallop | Jul 10, 2011 5:58:42 PM


  8. I can't quite figure why Santorum threw hit hat in the ring. He couldn't hold onto a PA US Senate seat (granted he lost to a high name recog. machine candidate, but Santorum was an incumbent) in a state that elected Toomey the next time around (granted the incumbent was Specter but WTF). He must have wanted to get on the ticket as the ultra family values type. But he is, after all, breathtakingly stupid. What a waste of money -- I hope he hasn't qualified for matching funds.

    Bachmann is actually more dangerous. She isn't stupid, and she's schooled in all the neo-Friedman fascist economics things. True, she don't know much about history, but social control is her specialty.

    Posted by: Russell | Jul 10, 2011 6:07:56 PM


  9. Did someone mention Rick Santorum?

    http://www.spreadingsantorum.com/

    Posted by: evan | Jul 10, 2011 6:29:12 PM


  10. What the f*** has this marriage fidelity shangri la got to do with the economy ?

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Jul 10, 2011 6:34:00 PM


  11. Rick believes he doesn't have to be faithful to the gay and lesbian families he admittedly did not represent when he was in office.

    Posted by: Joe in CT | Jul 10, 2011 6:42:25 PM


  12. He must really be delusional if he thinks he can be president perhaps Bachman will pick him for her vice (I'm sure Mr Bachman would approve...)

    Posted by: jaragon | Jul 10, 2011 6:54:57 PM


  13. So, this idiot signs a pledge that includes a statement that African-American families were better off under slavery and the woman interviewing him doesn't even bring it up. Frankly, they are both fools.

    Posted by: silverkjk | Jul 10, 2011 7:42:16 PM


  14. Santorum is a joke. No wonder Bob Casey, Jr. destroyed him and kicked his crazy ass out of the Senate.

    Santorum is the moron who said Griswold v. Connecticut (decided June 7, 1965) was wrongly decided. That was the Connecticut law that forbade the use of contraceptives (condoms). The SCOTUS overturned it on the basis of an individual right to privacy in the Constitution. Santorum said he disagreed with that decision and that it should be up to the citizens of each state to decide if their citizens should be allowed to use condoms.

    In 2001, Santorum tried to attach an amendment to the No Child Left Behind Act that would have required all public schools to teach "intelligent design" alongside evolution. Ricky doesn't believe in evolution.

    In closing, let's not forget his most famous line. If the Supreme Court allows 'sodomites' to engage in sex with each other, then that allows "man on child, man on dog, or whatever the case may be."

    Little Ricky "Man-on-Dog" Santorum is a laugh riot. I can't wait to see what he will say next. Too bad we don't also have Sarah Palin and Mike Huckabee running alonside Little Ricky. We need as many Young Earth Creationists as possible on the Republican side just to show how ignorant these people really are.

    Posted by: Ninong | Jul 10, 2011 7:43:43 PM


  15. The paragraph about slavery has been removed.

    http://fablog.ehrensteinland.com/2011/07/10/fait-diver-get-me-rewrite/

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Jul 10, 2011 8:20:30 PM


  16. whaddya wanna bet the testicle-free wimps of GOProud will vote for him anyway? ;-)

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jul 10, 2011 8:54:31 PM


  17. Wait, wait! Spreadingsantorum.com!

    Posted by: Cameron Johnson | Jul 10, 2011 9:32:09 PM


  18. Yes, the paragraph about slaves has been removed from the pledge. But he signed it before that happened.

    I don't care about this guy a bit. He makes almost everyone uncomfortable and has no chance. One of my (straight) brothers emailed me today to ask if hating gays is Santorum's main gig. Then went on to say something about Santorum and glory holes that I'm too tasteful to repeat here.

    The first couple lines of the quotation cited make zero sense. But basically he's admitting to having signed something that even HE found overly extreme, yet was willing to sign for what he hoped would be political expediency. Everyone can tell he's a sham, and damaged in a fundamental way.

    Posted by: Paul R | Jul 10, 2011 9:41:38 PM


  19. The press needs to stop covering people who are only running for office because they need attention. This guy has zero chance of getting the nomination. I don't care if he signed the Declaration of Independence. He's a loser who craves a soap box for his ridiculousness. Obama should only be so lucky to run against a Santorium or a Bachmann.

    Posted by: Bart | Jul 10, 2011 9:50:04 PM


  20. hey rick where are you going to build your plantation? in pittsburg? they must not be allowed to forget that they had the clause about slavery in the pledge. it shows them for the bigots that they are. bob vanderplotz
    is a racist homophobe and needs to exposed for what he is. any candidate who signs the pledge should also be called out and exposed. the more these peoples views are exposed to the light of day the worse they look. remember to goggle frothy mix szntorum.

    Posted by: walter | Jul 10, 2011 10:59:11 PM


  21. Yet, somehow, most politicians with affairs and 2+ ex-wives are Republicans

    Posted by: Steve | Jul 10, 2011 11:21:10 PM


  22. Candy could've swallowed Santorum with one gulp. Why didn't she?

    Posted by: CRISPY | Jul 10, 2011 11:29:18 PM


  23. He's not running for president - he's running for Fox News pundit. He knows he doesn't have a chance in hell of winning the presidency.
    And WTF is up with his face/hair? Bad lift? Even worse toupee? Both?

    Posted by: Esteban | Jul 10, 2011 11:41:03 PM


  24. Defend marriage!

    Ban divorce!

    Protect the sanctity of marriage!

    Ban divorce!

    Sign the pledge to ban divorce.

    Rick....

    Oh, Mr. Santorum...

    Where are you going...?

    Posted by: Girl Please Stop! | Jul 10, 2011 11:43:41 PM


  25. From this point forward, I refuse to pay any attention to this man. And that includes reading any crap about him on Towelroad. You're just feeding the beast that he so wants to be.

    Posted by: Kyle Michel Sullivan | Jul 11, 2011 1:25:43 AM


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