Top Romney surrogate John Sununu blasted Rick Santorum’s “temperament” today, citing his heated exchange with a New York Times reporter as proof that he lacked the personal qualities necessary to be a successful president.
“Sen. Santorum really has lost his personal discipline and self-control in the process, lashing out at the press, and frankly, lashing out at his opponents,” Sununu said in a conference call with reporters.
“One of the most important things you need in a president is self-control and discipline,” Sununu said, referencing his background as chief of staff to George H.W. Bush. “It is one thing to lose your temper at a New York Times reporter and it’s another to have to deal with the pressures of folks on the international stage and even opposing congressional leaders. And you need discipline. You need self-control. You need to be able to handle your messaging and focus on it.”
“Right now,” Sununu continued, “what he is doing with his emotional outbursts, is just giv[ing] President Obama some sound bites, dragging the process out, and frankly, right now, he’s running on ego and emotion.”
This post has been corrected since it was originally posted.