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Santorum: Obama Is ‘Condescending’ Because He Refuses To Wear An American Flag Pin

Today in an interview with Fox News, former Republican senator from Pennsylvania Rick Santorum sharply criticized Rep. John Murtha’s (D-PA) comments that western Pennsylvania is a “racist area.” Santorum claimed that the real reason people in that area won’t support Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) is because he is “condescending to them.” As evidence, he said that Obama “won’t wear the American flag pin”:

SANTORUM: Well, I’m from western Pennsylvania. I grew up in western Pennsylvania. I grew up in a steel town — Butler, PA — and those people are not racist. What they are are people that look at someone who is as liberal as Barack Obama, who has been condescending to them — in calling them clinging their guns and their religion — won’t wear the American flag pin, and he is not in concert with their values. It has nothing to do with the color of his skin.

Watch it:

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It’s not clear how not wearing a flag pin makes someone condescending. Regardless, Obama does wear a flag pin. He has, in fact, worn one at each of the three presidential debates. The person who refuses to wear one is Sen. John McCain (R-AZ):

Note that Santorum was not wearing a flag pin during this interview.