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Rick Santorum Faces Most Aggressive Batch of Hecklers Yet: VIDEO


Rick Santorum had a disastrous campaign stop in Manchester, NH today where a group of hecklers continually interrupted his appearance and speech there. The WaPo reports that the group appeared to be "a combination of gay rights activists, Ron Paul supporters and Occupy Wall Street protesters."

The paper adds:

He was interrupted periodically by heckles, particularly one man who shouted every few minutes. “What about equality for the gays?” he yelled at one point and, after Santorum opened with a request for respect, “How much respect for you have for gay people, Rick!”

“Shut up!” Santorum supporters shouted back periodically, one man muttering, “glad he’s not my boyfriend” of the most vocal protester.

Hecklers continued to dog him at a stop in Keene, as can be seen on an AP video. As Santorum left the scene one man can be heard yelling, "Hey Santorum, have you Googled yourself?"

Watch the video, AFTER THE JUMP...

More on the Keene heckling from CBS News:

"I have a question and it's about gay people," asked the first man to be called on at a Santorum town hall meeting here today. "They are children of God too. Do they have the right to marriage? Do they have the right to serve in the military? Should they be treated like any other citizen? Under your presidency, would you protect their rights or would you diminish them?"

Santorum answered that he doesn't believe marriage or serving in the military are inalienable rights, but "privileges," adding, "It's not discrimination not to grant privileges."

A few people jeered him.

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  1. Let's give TRUELITE and LETMEBME a round of applause: They have mastered the difficult art of cutting and pasting irrelevant information into blog comment spaces. Well done! I'm sure if you work really hard you'll also master the ALL CAPS key to make your irrelevant information seem REALLY IMPORTANT.

    Your underside of your bridge is calling you back, guys. Thanks for visiting.

    Posted by: Ernie | Jan 8, 2012 11:06:21 AM

  2. All tongue in check snarking about JAMA aside, would it surprise anyone that I could find no article on JAMA in 2009 that discusses these findings? But if you google homosexual victimization JAMA 2009 you will eventually come across something posted on the web, no author specified, that contains many of these "facts" as well as claims from such paragons of research and ethics (there I go again with the snark) as Nicolosi (sp?). How to lie with statistics - not a new concept.

    Posted by: TJ | Jan 8, 2012 12:03:31 PM

  3. H.O.M.E. - the source for this material (google it).

    Posted by: TJ | Jan 8, 2012 12:55:23 PM

  4. No, George. I don't know these new trolls. But hey, Ernie has never said to me "thanks for visiting" so I guess I'm still welcome on Towleroad. At least I try to be polite and respectful. I mean, if you're going to "visit", at least try to give trolls a good name,right?

    Ernie, I liked your comment about the underside of their bridge. Funny!

    Posted by: Mary | Jan 8, 2012 10:56:50 PM

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