Santorum: 'I Condemn' Boos of Gay Soldier
Says he didn't hear them at the time
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 24, 2011 5:52 AM CDT

(Newser) – Rick Santorum looked to bring boo-gate to a halt on Fox News yesterday: "I condemn the people who booed that gay soldier," he said, referring to the handful of jeers during a question at the GOP debate about Don't Ask, Don't Tell. The candidate says he didn't speak up at the time because he couldn't hear the boos on stage, reports CNN. "Certainly had I heard them, I would have said, 'Don't do that. This man is serving our country and we are to thank him for his service.' "

Weird acoustics, apparently. Gary Johnson said he did hear the boos from stage and thought the other candidates could as well, notes ABC News. "I am representing the Republican Party that is tolerant," he said. "And to me that shows an intolerance that I’m not a part of in any way whatsoever." Will Santorum's condemnation be enough to keep Dan Savage from redefining "Rick" on Google? Only time will tell.
 

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