March 23rd, 2012
03:07 PM ET
3 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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Filed under: 2012 • Rick Santorum
soundoff (46 Responses)
  1. Jerry

    Come on Louisianans, this is the same presidential candidate that wants to hand over the presidential election to our clueless/divisive president; instead of supporting the victorious Republican presidential candidate.

    You folks still have time... This coming from a life-long Democrat. Wow!!!

    March 23, 2012 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  2. GI Joe.

    He doesn't correct people that sayPresident Obama is a muslim -- he's just a palin with a zipper - and he'll incite as much hate and fear as he can. It's the republican way of life.

    President Obama's color is closer to Jesus Christ than any white man. Don't forget that.

    All you self-righteous fake christians gonna lie and conspire against Jesus when you meet him and he's the same color as President Obama? Think about it.

    March 23, 2012 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  3. demwit

    But, but..., what about all the CNN reports about women for Obama?

    March 23, 2012 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  4. Bill

    And you wonder why the GOP has problems? You can not blame Santorum for the woman's comment, but it goes to show the mindset and mentality of the average GOP voter (especially in that neck of the woods).

    March 23, 2012 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  5. Jim

    Well that was good of him. The lady is a hick, trailor park trash is an understatement. I'm actually impressed at his response.

    March 23, 2012 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  6. The Real Tom Paine

    Is anyone surprised the righties are saying this?

    March 23, 2012 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  7. Irma in North Carolina

    It isnt surprising that this is coming out of the mouth of somebody that is from the south. I think the south is worse than any where else for thier racism remarks. Some one should of gotten their name and reported it to the law. I live in NC and their is plenty of racism here too.

    March 23, 2012 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  8. Sirned

    You know Americans are like all people we listen to extremists and chuckle or cringe a little at hateful comments but as look back on history and atrocities in the world they usually start by people's ignoring atrocities happening right under our nose until a gross miscarriage of justice is done and we wake up to the fact that a whole movement of hate lives outside our door who support it.... Republicans laughed about killing Obama ... What's next?

    March 23, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  9. Etch-a-Sketch Mitt Is Soo Plastic he Makes Mannequins Looks Real

    Santimonious Santorum shoulda said, Etch-a-Sketch it!

    Like Romney shake-it, flip-it, reset-it and start all over!!!

    March 23, 2012 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  10. Myviewis

    Seriously, you can't hear a thing if you are wearing ear protection. What a dumb, horrible, low thing for this woman to yell, talk about a troubled soul. Fine, you don't like Obama, so many don't like Bush and some don't like Clinton or Reagan but that is no reason to jump to such a serious, low, horrible suggestion, action.

    March 23, 2012 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  11. ej

    The woman's comments are just one in the sea of negative and hateful rhetoric that's come from the GOP since Obama took office. What else is new? LoL!

    March 23, 2012 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  12. TomInRochNY

    My goodness! Ricky actually said something I can agree with. You see, there's always an area of consensus.

    March 23, 2012 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  13. David Midwest Guy

    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?

    March 23, 2012 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  14. Dan from Tx

    Maybe she should said "Pretend it's my ovaries."

    March 23, 2012 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  15. Malory Archer

    Jerry stop lying about being a "lifelong Democrat". It's tired and nobody's buying it.

    March 23, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  16. V in Chicago

    If the woman was that close the Santorum, was obviously with his group and she should be publically named so we all know who she is. To me, regardless of who the President is, this is a treasonous statement and an instigation for a hate crime. I hope this "woman" (and I use that term loosely) is not a mother. What a horrible role model for any child to hear their mother (or anyone) speak that way about the President of the United States, or any other human being.

    March 23, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  17. diridi

    America, I am telling again, none of these GOP idiots are worth watching, worth going to forums, worth your dime. Obama2012.

    March 23, 2012 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  18. 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?

    March 23, 2012 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  19. Mark from Schaumburg IL.

    Now there is something I can like about Santorum. You won't get my vote, but you did earn my respect.

    March 23, 2012 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  20. carlos

    Jerry you are just as rotten as the woman in your teatard world

    March 23, 2012 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  21. Thomas

    As much as I disliked Bush , I'd never say or insinuate such an act.

    The hate for Obama is that of a disfinformed society lost .

    March 23, 2012 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  22. Malory Archer

    demwit, it's Louisiana, an entirely different planet.

    March 23, 2012 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  23. The Real Tom Paine

    That woman is the GOP in a nutshell: violent and reactionary. Bet she went to church afterwards, too.

    March 23, 2012 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  24. MM

    Hmmm – Hopefully you were vocalizing your discust when numerous liberal demoocrats were taking the same view and saying the same things about Bush (advocating his end). It was much more rampant on the democratic side then one random idiot.. Also, all of the Union thugs in Wisconsin were advocating vilolence during the stand off.

    March 23, 2012 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  25. mk1

    So I heard yesterday that back in during the 2008 race, the Secret Service had to go to Sen McCain and ask him to try to tone down the rhetoric on the campaign trail as the number of violent threats against then Sen Obama was increasing at an alarming rate. To Sen McCain's credit he did try to tone things down and even reproached that woman and her ignorant comments. We are truly in a scary time when wingnuts are all jazzed up with hate and guns are more available now than nearly any time since the good old cowboy days. Actually, pathetic would apply best.

    March 23, 2012 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
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