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Rick Santorum Regrets Saying JFK Speech On Church And State Made Him Want To ‘Throw Up’

Santorum Regrets Saying JFK Speech On Church And State Made Him Want To 'Throw Up'

On her show Tuesday, radio host Laura Ingraham asked GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum to respond to assertions that he’s a “theocrat.”

“I’m not a theocrat,” he replied. “I’m not someone who has any evidence anywhere that I’ve ever imposed my values. I have values; I articulate those — as I encourage everybody else to do and respect everybody else’s opinion and difference of opinion.” Tolerance, he added, is what America is all about. Meanwhile, he argued, President Barack Obama is the one who is “imposing his view on people of faith.”

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“The word ‘tolerance’ is often used against conservatives,” Ingraham responded. “Right? You’re ‘intolerant’ because you have beliefs.”

Later, she brought up the former senator’s reaction to a clip from then-candidate John F. Kennedy’s 1960 speech about the separation of church and state. Appearing on ABC’s This Week, Santorum had said that the speech made him want to “throw up,” adding that “I don’t believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute:”

That means bringing everybody, people of faith and no faith, into the public square… to say that people of faith have no role in the public square, you bet that makes you throw up. What kind of country do we live in that says only people of non-faith can live in the public square and make their case. That makes me throw up.

Santorum — who has been accused of misrepresenting Kennedy’s comments — told Ingraham he wishes he could take that “particular line” back.

Have a listen, via The Laura Ingraham Show:

h/t The Hill

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