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Rick Santorum continues to distance himself from supporter Foster Freiss’s contraception joke

at 10:46 AM ET, 02/17/2012

Former senator Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) on Friday continued to distance himself from controversial remarks about contraception made by one of his top supporters.

Appearing on CBS’s “This Morning,” Santorum called the comments by supporter Foster Friess “a bad joke,” and said he shouldn’t have to comment on it.

On Thursday, Friess joked to MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell that women should use aspirin as a form of birth control.

Santorum told host Charlie Rose, “When you quote a supporter of mine who tells a bad off-color joke and somehow I am responsible for that, that is gotcha.”

Santorum made similar comments Thursday night, telling Fox News Channel’s Greta van Susteren, “Look, I’m not going to be responsible for everybody who’s -- you know, anybody -- any supporter of mine and what they say. I mean, I’m not going to play that game.”

”The bottom line is my position is very clear,” he continued. “I’ve had a consistent record on this of supporting women’s right to have contraception. I’ve supported funding for it.”

 
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