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GREENVILLE, South Carolina — Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum on Friday dismissed the criticism business mogul Donald Trump has received for not directly responding a town hall questioner who told him,“[W]e have a problem in this country, it’s called Muslims.”

The former Pennsylvania senator told reporters at a presidential forum here in Greenville organized by Heritage Action that it’s not the job of presidential candidates to “police” questions or voters.

“It’s not my job, it’s not Donald Trump’s job, it’s not anybody’s job to police a question. The questioner can say whatever he wants, it’s a free country,” Santorum said told reporters.

The questioner during Trump’s town hall event on Thursday in New Hampshire also accused president Obama of lying both about being born in the United States and about his Christian faith. When pressed on whether the question was itself offensive and if he believes President is a Christian, Santorum accused the media of attempting to pit the candidates against each other, and said he did not believe the question was an appropriate one.

“The president says he’s a Christian. What? Look. I’m not playing this game that you guys want to play,” he said, notably flustered. “The president can defend himself, he doesn’t need Rick Santorum to defend him. He’s got you doing that very, very well. So cut it out.”

During a rally in New Hampshire on Sept. 17, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump did not challenge an audience member who said that President Obama is Muslim and "not even an American." (AP)