Ex-Sen. Rick Santorum, running for the Republican presidential nomination, in 2002 nominated former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky for a “Congressional Angels in Adoption Award.” The nomination by Santorum was made in the same year that a Penn State graduate assistant spotted Sandusky allegedly performing a sex act with a young boy in a shower at the university’s athletic complex. He reported the incident a day later to head football coach Joe Paterno.
“Its philosophy is simple: It is easier to develop a child than to rehabilitate an adult,” read the citation from Santorum in an awards dinner program dated Sept. 24, 2002. The citation was referring to The Second Mile, a charity launched by Sandusky in 1977 to serve disadvantaged children. It was first reported Wednesday by the Philadelphia Inquirer. Sandusky has since been charged with multiple counts of child abuse. The university’s athletic director and a vice president have been charged with perjury. Paterno, 84, coach for more than four decades, announced on Wednesday that he will retire at the end of the year.
A Visibly Annoyed Rick Santorum Blows Off Interviewer’s Questions On Catholic Church Scandal
James Crugnale | 11:27 am, January 6th, 2012
Rick Santorum got into a testy exchange with Boston’s WBZ political analyst Jon Keller, who asked the Republican hopeful about his views on the Catholic Church sex abuse scandal. Keller had asked the former Pennsylvania Senator about his 2005 remarks, in which he said to a Catholic publication, “it is no surprise that Boston, a seat of academic, political, and cultural liberalism in America, lies at the center of the storm.”
Santorum quickly went from a smile to a scowl, as he realized what the reporter was asking him. “I’ve already answered this question a hundred times!” exclaimed Santorum. “Come on, what games are you guys playing? I’ve answered that question a hundred times.” He quickly made his way for the exit, and refused to answer more questions. Watch the altercation between Santorum and the reporter below via WBZ:
Editor note: According to the Wikipedia page on Santorum, Santorum has never apologized for those comments. In another similar interview from 2003, Santorum apparently likens sex with underaged boys - which is statutory rape, as consensual, plus several other questionable quotes from the same interview - which seems like they would need to be explained for a public figure running for political office.
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