Santorum: ‘Real’ Republicans Have ‘Cursed Out’ NYT Reporters

by Katrina Trinko

Yesterday, Rick Santorum said of Mitt Romney that, “Pick any other Republican in the country. He is the worst Republican in the country to put up against Barack Obama.” After the speech, New York Times reporter Jeff Zeleny approached Santorum, asking for clarification. A heated exchange ensued, with Santorum insisting he had meant that Romney was the “worst Republican” on the issue of Obamacare to run against Obama, and finally telling Zeleny, “Quit distorting my words. It’s bull—- “ Video of the exchange:

Since the original exchange, Santorum sent out a fundraising letter with this plea: “A subscription to the New York Times cost approximately $30. That’s how much I am hoping you will be willing to contribute to join me in my fight to become the next President of the United States.” (Looks like the Santorum campaign is shortchanging themselves; the cheapest NYT subscription I could find was weekdays only for twelve weeks and that’s $39.)

Meanwhile, the Romney campaign has jumped on the exchange, calling it an example of a “tantorum.”

Santorum defended it this morning on Fox and Friends, saying, “If you haven’t cursed out a New York Times reporter during the course of a campaign, you’re not really a real Republican.” Video (via GOP12): 

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