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Rick Santorum Confirms Shirtless Lounging Man In Puerto Rico Is Him, Apologizes

Santorum Confirms Shirtless Lounging Man In Puerto Rico Is Him, Apologizes

The Puerto Rico primary this Sunday means the candidates are heading out to one of the sunniest American territories, and at least one candidate took the opportunity to let his hair down and take his shirt off to get some sun. Unfortunately for Rick Santorum, an all-gay cruise happened to scoot by just while he stretched out his arm, and yesterday he lightheartedly “apologized” for America having to see more of him than they bargained for.

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The photo first bubbled up on the blog Joe My God, where the eponymous Joe explained that “James and Guy,” two tipsters on “an Atlantis all-gay cruise,” are responsible for this sight. It quickly made the rounds on Buzzfeed and the cover of Drudge, and Santorum ended up having to answer for the photo later in the day, on Steve Cochran‘s AM program at 560 Wind. Santorum had no problem copping up to the picture.

“You know how you can tell you’ve made it to another level, Senator? There’s a picture of you lounging, minding your own business, you’re not hurting anybody, shirtless in Puerto Rico yesterday,” Cochran noted, which Santorum replied was true. “They caught my sunbathing in Puerto Rico!” he said, explaining they had an extra hour in between campaign events and decided to take a break when “a paparazzi got me.” Cochran did not give him the details of the all-gay cruise passengers that got him, citing only that it was a “civilian’s” camera that did the dirty work. Santorum sheepishly noted, “I probably should lose 15-20 lbs” and apologized “because I know it’s not a pretty sight.”

One thing the shirtless incident has taught us about Santorum is that he at least has grown in measure politically has his numbers have risen– given his reaction to the whole “Google” situation, the fact that he laughed this off and jokingly apologized makes him seem to have significantly thicker skin in a very short amount of time. Then again, this wasn’t just liberals laughing– the cover of the Drudge Report, even this morning, screams “Rick Rico.” Given the reaction in Puerto Rico to Santorum’s comments that, should they want to become a state, they need to learn English, having his shirtless beach photos splashed online may actually have a humanizing effect on a candidate we so rarely see laugh.

The clip of Santorum’s admission via 560 Wind below:

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