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Soledad O’Brien Grills Santorum Spokeswoman On Losing Catholic Votes Over JFK Comments

On CNN’s Starting Point, Soledad O’Brien took Rick Santorum spokesperson Alice Stewart to the tool shed over whether the Republican presidential contender lost the Catholic vote after sharing that President John F. Kennedy’s speech on religion in politics made him want to “throw up.”

“Why do you think he lost Catholics?” O’Brien asked. “When you look at the exit polls, Catholics went for Mitt Romney. Do you think that had something to do with his comments about JFK when he said I was throwing up when JFK was talking about the role that faith played when how he would govern?”

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Stewart appeared to be blindsided by the question. “In terms of how the votes break down, we’ll look at that over the next few days and look at how we need to move forward on that,” she replied.

“In that one I can tell you, I’ll tell you, he lost Catholics,” O’Brien reiterated. “That’s how the vote went down for him. Looking back would you say that was a bad strategy? We alienated Catholics potentially by attacking JFK, maybe we should change things? Is that what you would be considering?”

“No,” Stewart said. “What we do is reach out to the evangelical community across the state and we appeal to them and the hearts and minds of the evangelicals.”

Stewart continued by affirming that Santorum’s strong stance on moral values issues would propel him with religious voters, but she did not directly address O’Brien’s question about whether Santorum had a problem with Catholics.

Watch the interview below, via CNN:

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