Santorum tangles with Gingrich, same-sex marriage supporters
January 5th, 2012
05:24 PM ET
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Santorum tangles with Gingrich, same-sex marriage supporters

Concord, NH (CNN) - Perhaps it's the decidedly non-Iowan terrain. But Rick Santorum is off to a bumpy ride in New Hampshire.

First, Newt Gingrich diminished Santorum's role in Congress, suggesting Thursday the former Pennsylvania Senator was a "junior partner" in the 1990's Republican revolution in Washington.

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"He clearly in historical experience would have been the junior partner," Gingrich said Thursday, reminding voters which Republican was really behind the Contract with America.

Asked about Gingrich's comments, Santorum seemed actually taken aback for a moment.

Santorum then noted his role in the "Gang of Seven," a group of freshman Republican lawmakers who exposed a scandal at the House bank in the early 90's before Gingrich rose to power as speaker.

"I was no junior partner in that. Newt was not involved in that revolution when it came to the corruption and the scandals. He sat on the sidelines," Santorum said.

Gingrich went on to question whether Santorum could mount a serious national campaign for the GOP nomination. Santorum pointed to his one day one million dollar fundraising haul after his near victory in the Iowa caucuses.

Later in the day, Santorum tangled with proponents of same-sex marriage at a convention of college Republicans in Concord.

"Are we saying everybody has the right to marry," Santorum asked the crowd.

"Yes, yes," shouted several members in the crowd.

Santorum later equated same sex marriage with polygamy.

It was not the first time Santorum has stirred up controversy over the issue of homosexuality. The former Pennsylvania Senator once appeared to compare homosexuality to beastiality in an interview with the Associated Press in 2003.

However in an interview on CNN's John King USA Wednesday, Santorum said those comments were misunderstood.

Santorum also seemed to take a dig at first lady Michelle Obama, recalling a controversial comment she made in 2008 about her husband's campaign.

"For the first time in my adult lifetime, I'm really proud of my country," Mrs. Obama said in March 2008. Conservatives questioned why she did not feel proud about the U.S. before her husband ran for President.

"There is a different point of view (of the country)," Santorum said.

Santorum left the college Republican convention to a loud chorus of boos.

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Filed under: 2012 • Newt Gingrich • Rick Santorum
soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. Thomas

    And you wonder why we never get anything done of importance .

    At lest they both agree on the United States of Israel .

    January 5, 2012 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  2. unsub

    the fall begins...three...two...one...NOW!

    January 5, 2012 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  3. diridi

    both are biggest idiots...

    January 5, 2012 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  4. MWM

    With all of the real problems in this country, why are the republican candidates so distracted by ideology?

    January 5, 2012 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  5. Andy

    Santorum is done. He was always done. He's way too behind the times. What more proof do you need than when a college group of your own party boos you?

    January 5, 2012 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  6. Phil in KC

    I would refer you to a separate opinion article CNN has on Rick Santorum's extreme views. It claims he wants to implement a Judeo Christian version of Sharia law, then backs up that claim with his own quotes. This guy is dangerous.

    January 5, 2012 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  7. cassie mandrina

    why do all those bible-thumpers diss the old testament? Abraham's marriages not good enough for them, huh?

    January 5, 2012 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  8. GI Joe

    He seems to be picking fights with everyone about everything. Just what we (don't) need.

    January 5, 2012 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  9. george of the jungle

    It is pretty sad when your own party boo's you. The repos are so busy trashing each other that the democrats can just sit back and watch.

    January 5, 2012 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |