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Rick Santorum Gets Questioned By Some Pretty Sharp High Schoolers About Family

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Rick Santorum Gets Questioned By Some Pretty Sharp High Schoolers About Family santorum jpgIt’s election time in this dear country of ours and while father of seven Rick Santorum spouts the evils of birth control, he also made the mistake of taking the stage in front of some well-informed high school kids. And let me tell you, these students weren’t the least bit scared to ask him about some controversial topics. These New Hampshire kids may have only been teenagers, but they knew their way around issues like abortion and gay marriage.

The Daily Beast reports that when asked about his conservative stance on gay marriage, Rick responded:

“[Same-sex marriage is] robbing children of the right to be loved by a mom and dad…Children want and need their mom and dad … And there’s nothing hateful about that.”

But when a second kid pressed him on why heterosexual people were “more worthy of the privilege of marriage” than same-sex couples, the Republican refused to elaborate.  Another student named Alison Poirier asked that Santorum explain a little more about his position on birth control and abortion based on what she she had seen in the press. She even tacked on a hypothetical question about adoption as pertaining to same-sex discrimination:

“I read that you were against birth control and abortion,” [she] said . “So what happens when someone gets pregnant and can’t take care of a baby? What—only a straight couple can adopt them?”

Santorum told the audience that although he is Catholic and using birth control goes against his faith, he would not impose that belief onto others if elected into office.

These may have been youngsters confronting the politician, but their questions and awareness of hot political issues suggest that they’re quite plugged in. Must be all that Twitter the kids are playing around on these days.

(photo: thinkprogress.org)

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