Rick Santorum throws a fit at John Kasich: Not voting for Trump is a stain on your 'character'
Rick Santorum speaks to CNN (screen grab)

Former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum on Tuesday called into question the "character" of John Kasich after the Republican governor of Ohio followed through with his promise not to vote for Donald Trump.


While speaking to CNN's Brooke Baldwin, the socially conservative senator explained that he was supporting Trump even though he did not agree with some of the candidate's words and actions.

"No, I'm not comfortable with some of the things that he says and some of the things that he's done," the culture warrior admitted. "Look, I find it disgusting and [I'm] not going to do anything publicly or otherwise to make excuses for it."

But Santorum argued that Hillary Clinton's character flaws offset concerns about Trump.

"I don't want my daughters to emulate Hillary Clinton either," he opined. "This is someone that I find, not just on character, deeply flawed, but also on public policy. See, it comes down to one of them is going to be president. They're not going to be head of the garden club."

When the subject turned to Republicans who refused to vote for Trump, Santorum became irate.

"I'm not happy John Kasich or Paul Ryan and the way they're conducting themselves, particularly John Kasich," he remarked. "I want to say to John Kasich, if you're watching, John you signed a pledge! You signed a pledge saying you would support the Republican nominee for president. You signed a pledge in order to get on the ballot in South Carolina.

"You promised that you would follow through with that," Santorum continued. "And you knew Donald Trump had a chance because he was leading in the polls at the time to be our nominee and you signed it anyway. You can't say a man who is not going to keep his word is someone, frankly, who should be paid attention to when it comes to how he's going to vote."

"You wouldn't have been on the ballot, you wouldn't have been able to run for president had you not signed that pledge. And if you're out there talking about, 'Well, he has character that's beneath the dignity of the office,' what about that character? What about the character I'm going to tell your kids and grandkids that you signed a pledge, you gave your word to be president of the United States and you backed away from it. Shame on them."

Watch the video below from CNN, broadcast Nov. 1, 2016.