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MSNBC’s Chris Matthews Demands To Know Why Rick Santorum Didn’t Bring Up Gay Marriage At GOP Debate

Last night’s GOP presidential debate didn’t touch on social issues, but that didn’t stop MSNBC’s Chris Matthews from demanding to know why Rick Santorum — who has spent weeks arguing that religious people should be allowed to discriminate against gay people and has compared two separate objects to explain why he opposes same-sex marriage — didn’t bring up the matter:

MATTHEWS: You know senator, candidates know how to take a question and give the answer they want. The smart politician gives a quick answer to the question than says what They want to say. Nobody used that technique tonight to bring up Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and to support it, nobody came out against same-sex marriage tonight. […] Why did no Republican, no Republican on that stage, really included you, wanted to focus on those hard social, moral issues….

SANTORUM: Well, as you know Chris, I think I only had four or five questions….

MATTHEWS: No, nobody turned the question to same-sex. You never turned it to to same-sex, you never turned it to Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.

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SANTORUM: Well, I did turn on one social issue when I had the chance…

MATTHEWS: But not the [other] social issues?

SANTORUM: Well, but they weren’t asked me — those questions. And you know, we only have one minute…

MATTHEWS: But nobody wanted to bring them up, Senator. It seems like your party believes that you can’t win this general election if you talk about same-sex marriage…

SANTORUM: Wait a minute, whoa, whoa! Your station didn’t ask any…

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