GOP Candidates Condemn Killing Of Travyon Martin, Call For Justice

After initially dodging questions about the killing of Travyon Martin, all three leading GOP presidential candidates spoke out this morning, shortly after President Obama’s remarks on the case.

Santorum, campaigning in Lousiana, said the failure to “immediately go after and prosecute this case” is a “chilling example of horrible decisions.” He added that he thought shooter Geroge Zimmerman was not abiding by Florida’s “stand your ground law.”

Meanwhile, Newt Gingrich last night on CNN called the killing tragic and said the “stand your ground” law most likely doesn’t apply to the case. “I think Americans can recognize that while this is a tragedy — and it is a tragedy — that we’re going to relentlessly seek justice, and I think that’s the right thing to do,” Gingrich told CNN’s Piers Morgan. “Apparently, the shooter was following the young man. That’s not a stand your own ground, that’s a chase the other person into their ground,” he added.

And Mitt Romney, who had brushed off previous questions in the case, said in a statement, “What happened to Trayvon Martin is a tragedy. There needs to be a thorough investigation that reassures the public that justice is carried out with impartiality and integrity.”

Other Republicans have started joining in too. Rep. Allen West (R-FL), an outspoken Tea Partier, wrote in a statement that that Zimmerman “should have been held in custody and certainly should not be walking free, still having a concealed weapons carry permit.” “This is an outrage,” he added.