March 23rd, 2012
03:07 PM ET
2 years ago

As Santorum shoots at gun range, woman suggests targeting Obama

(CNN) – Presidential hopeful Rick Santorum was firing at a gun range in West Monroe, LA when an onlooker suggested he imagine the silhouette target was more literal.

"Pretend it's Obama," she said, as Santorum fired several shots.

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But the candidate was wearing ear protection at the time, and the woman appeared to be standing far behind him so he was quite possibly out of earshot. Pressed on the remarks by reporters, he seemed not to have heard her comments.

"It's absurd. No, we're not pretending it's anybody," he said, shaking his head. "We're shooting pistols and, you know, very horrible, terrible remark and I'm glad I didn't hear it."

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soundoff (46 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    Next up: Clownatollah Santorum visits a rope factory.....

    March 23, 2012 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    Boy, sure am glad he was shooting a pistol, not hanging a tire swing....

    March 23, 2012 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  3. Boytjie

    So a Democrat confronts Cheney at an event and gets arrested. A Republican suggests aiming target practice at the president and she walks away.

    March 23, 2012 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  4. James T.

    "Pretend it's Obama," she said, as Santorum fired several shots.

    Sick. S-i-c-k.

    March 23, 2012 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    "CNN – cut it out! THis is NOT news, and it only further litters our political landscape. Your editors really should see that running this kind of headline further convinces readers that CNN is not a serious news organization, but sort of an online National Enquirer. Do you really seek to secure the reputation that CNN is a joke?"

    How is it not news? This is direct evidence of the kind of base, violent, mindlessly angry mindset and reactionary vitriol the GOP/Teatrolls have fostered, encouraged and applauded since November 2008. What's the matter Amurika, don't like the mirror held up in front of you? Yes yes, grandma says you're the prettiest girl in school, but the mirror doesn't lie.

    March 23, 2012 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  6. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Rudy NYC - What happened to the woman who made the remark? She should have been detained for questioning so that they could run a background check on her. What do you think would have happened had the races and roles been reversed?
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    She went back to Democrat Party HQ and reported "mission accomplished".

    March 23, 2012 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  7. DENNA

    Oh he heard her. It's the McCain/Palin campaign all over again. Don't dare speak up to the bullies in the party, they may not vote for you. I can't wait for the " birther-he's a muslim-he's not a citizen" bunch get started again – and they will.

    March 23, 2012 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  8. The Real Tom Paine

    David Midwest Guy, sorry, but it IS news. Its news because of what was suggested. I remember a similar remark being made by a man at Rep. Braun's (R-GA) town hall meeting last year( " When do we kill Obama?"). Braun chuckled, and alter claimed he was so surprised by the comment he did not know what to do: sure, cow excrement. The righties have been living, breathing and sleeping this kind of hate for more than 3 years. At least Santorum disavowed it, this time.

    March 23, 2012 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  9. Malory Archer

    Thomas, if you had said or insinuated the same about the previous occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, you'd be cooling your heels in GITMO right now.

    March 23, 2012 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  10. Rwbee

    Anyone notice that Rick's entourage aided the woman from the press and helped her exit after her remark?

    March 23, 2012 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  11. The Real Tom Paine

    @ Truth: Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Rudy NYC – What happened to the woman who made the remark? She should have been detained for questioning so that they could run a background check on her. What do you think would have happened had the races and roles been reversed?
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    She went back to Democrat Party HQ and reported "mission accomplished".

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    Wearing a skirt again, truth? Time for your Log Cabin meeting.

    March 23, 2012 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  12. Randy, San Francisco

    The Santorum campaign failed in it's responsibility to report this woman to the secret service. Doesn't reflect well on Santorum's campaign.

    March 23, 2012 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  13. JoyceAGB

    Why wasn't this woman arrested for threatening the President? Or is it ok to target Blacks like Trayvon and Obama? What a hate filled bunch those republican are!

    March 23, 2012 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  14. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Randy, San Francisco - The Santorum campaign failed in it's responsibility to report this woman to the secret service. Doesn't reflect well on Santorum's campaign.
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    Didn't you read the story? He didn't hear it. But it appears the "CNN Political Unit" (whoever that is!) heard it. Gotta love that hearsay "reporting" though.

    March 23, 2012 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  15. Corwin7

    HEY YALL!!! Now you give the boy some slack...he managed to fire a weapon and didn't hit any major campaign contributors. That alone puts him "head and shoulders" above the last Republican administration:)

    March 23, 2012 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  16. Debby

    Santorum sure has sick followers. What terrible thing to say!

    March 23, 2012 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  17. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    They do not have much use for blacks in LA. Remember when the police shot people for trying to get out of the city during Katrina?

    March 23, 2012 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  18. michaelam

    This is one of those days where I wish Abe Lincoln would have given the South the middle finger salute and said, "LATER!!!!"

    March 23, 2012 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  19. PJ/TX

    And the crowd laughed.

    March 23, 2012 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  20. ST

    It seems we are many with coconut heads!

    March 23, 2012 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  21. Joi Gibson

    What an ignorant thing to say. I am soooo very tired of these outrageous, personal attacks. She might as well have said just shoot the President. President Obama has more class in his little finger than the woman who made the remark. Shameful.

    March 23, 2012 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
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