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Gingrich: Santorum ‘Strongly Overreacted’ To JFK’s Religion Speech

By Alex Seitz-Wald on February 28, 2012 at 3:20 pm

"Gingrich: Santorum ‘Strongly Overreacted’ To JFK’s Religion Speech"

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Newt Gingrich chided fellow GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum today for saying he wanted to “throw up” when he heard a speech by President John Kennedy about the need for a separation of church and state. Santorum has walked back the comments a bit, but Gingrich told conservative radio host Laura Ingraham that Santorum “strongly overreacted” to JFK’s speech (he also misrepresented it, as Salon’s Joan Walsh pointed out). “At the time it was seen as a brilliant and effective speech, and I think it was,” Gingrich said, comparing Kennedy to GOP icon Ronald Reagan. Listen here:

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