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Santorum: I regret ‘throw up’ comment on JFK

at 12:37 PM ET, 02/28/2012


(The Washington Post)

Regrets? Rick Santorum’s had a few.

In a radio interview Tuesday with conservative commentator Laura Ingraham, the former Pennsylvania senator and GOP presidential contender said he wished he could take back his comment from over the weekend that John F. Kennedy’s 1960 speech on religion made him want to “throw up.”

“I wish I had that particular line back,” Santorum told Ingraham of the “throw up” remark, according to The Hill’s Daniel Strauss.

Santorum has been vocal on the campaign trail in his defense of keeping government out of religion, citing in recent days the Obama administration’s contraception decision as evidence that the White House is “systematically trying to crush the traditional Judeo-Christian values of America.”

But the “throw up” remark – which Santorum first made at a New Hampshire event last year but was resurrected by Sunday talk show hosts over the weekend – has led to a firestorm of criticism, with some arguing that the former senator crossed the line by doubling down on the provocative comment.

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