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Santorum Doesn’t Care: ‘I Still Haven’t Listened’ To Debate Tape Of Audience Booing Gay Soldier

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Rick Santorum has come under criticism from conservatives within his own party for failing to condemn the jeering of a gay soldier at last month’s GOP presidential debate in Florida. The former Pennsylvania senator claimed to have missed the booing, but appeared on Fox News the next day to speak out against it.

But the story just won’t die. President Obama took on the GOP for not standing up for the military from the debate stage last week and yesterday, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer again asked Santorum about the incident. Surprisingly, despite all of the questions and attention surrounding the incident, Santorum said he has yet to go back and listen to the audience reaction:

BLITZER: You were the one who had the answer, who was directed that question. What do you say to the president when he says, “you had a moral responsibility to react to an American soldier being booed?

SANTORUM: Well, I can say, and I said this right after the debate — I did not hear the boos….Had I heard the boos and it was clear in my mind that they were directed at someone because of the pronouncement that that person was gay, I would have said that that was inappropriate. But again, I didn’t hear it, I still frankly, haven’t gone back and listened to the tape, so all I can say is, if it was clear to me that that was the case, I would have said something, but I didn’t hear it so I obviously wasn’t going to say anything.

Watch it:

Notice the caveat — even if he would have heard the booing, Santorum wouldn’t have condemned it unless he was certain it was directed at the soldier for being gay, rather than the repeal of the policy. It’s a distinction without a difference, since the audience jeered the presence of openly gay servicemembers, who are putting their lives on the line just like their straight counterparts.

But as Santorum doesn’t understand the magnitude of the issue. As he told the LA Times, “I don’t stay awake at night thinking about this.”

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