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Santorum told to ‘pretend it’s Obama’ at shooting range

By David Edwards
Friday, March 23, 2012 12:38 EDT
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Rick Santorum at Louisiana shooting range
 
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At a shooting range in Louisiana on Friday, an onlooker encouraged Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum to pretend the target he was firing at was President Barack Obama.

“Santorum is shooting a 1911 Colt,” Politico’s Juana Summers tweeted from the sheriff’s office shooting range in West Monroe. “Range master says ‘Well, it’s not your first rodeo.’ Someone here says ‘pretend its Obama.’”

“As Santorum had headphones on and was standing far from supporters, he likely didn’t hear [the] woman say ‘pretend its Obama’ as he shot,” she added.

NBC’s Andrew Rafferty provided confirmation: “Woman watching Santorum at shooting range in LA yells ‘Pretend it’s Obama’ (there is 0 chance Santorum heard it)”

Afterward, the former Pennsylvania senator reportedly called the remarks “horrible.”

A recent Public Policy Polling survey showed Santorum holding a 14 point lead over former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney going into Saturday’s Republican primary in Louisiana.

Update (1:15 p.m. ET): The Secret Service is investigating, according to The Associated Press.

Update (1:30 p.m. ET): MSNBC has obtained audio of the remark.

Watch this video from MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchel Reports, broadcast March 23, 2012.

 

Watch this video from Fox News, broadcast March 23, 2012.


(H/T: Talking Points Memo)

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
 
 
 
 
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