Rick Santorum: “if that’s the case, then everyone can marry several people”

On the stump at New England College, Mr. Santorum faces down the shallow minded and holds his own:

What I found most interesting is MSNBC’s description of the exchange:

Rick Santorum left the stage of a town-hall meeting to a chorus of boos Thursday after getting into a contentious debate over gay marriage with an audience comprised of mostly young people.

Speaking at the 2012 “College Convention” here, the fireworks started when a student asked Santorum why he opposed gay marriage. Santorum’s rhetorical style when answering questions is often to ask question back to the audience. But his questions soon prompted shouting from members of the nearly 200-person crowd, which led to an, at times, hostile back and forth.

“How about the idea that all men are created [with] equal rights to happiness and liberty?” a woman in the audience asked the former Pennsylavnia senator after he stated his opposition to gay marriage.

Santorum retorted, “Are we saying that everyone should have the right to marry?”

When the audience member told him yes, he shot back, “So anyone can marry can marry anybody else, so, if that’s the case, then everyone can marry several people.”

There were some boos… there was also applause though admittedly, I’m not sure any of it was in support of Santorum but I’m not so sure that it was any where near as contentious as is described here.  Fireworks?  Hostile back and forth?  Santorum was never hostile.  He was even keeled, matter of fact and reasoned.  If anyone became hostile it’s the young girl and her sycophantic supporters who became so when they couldn’t adequately answer Santorum’s questions without revealing the shallowness of their position.

Hats off to Mr. Santorum.  I thought the man handled himself well.

Very well.

I'd really like to buy this man a drink
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