But Santorum now says he did not hear the jeers.
The right-wing former Pennsylvania senator told FOX News anchor Megyn Kelly:"I condemn the people who booed that gay soldier. That soldier is serving our country. I thank him for his service to our country. I'm sure he is doing an excellent job. I hope he is safe. I hope he returns safely, and does his mission well. I have to admit I seriously did not hear those boos. Had I heard them, I certainly would have commented on them."
But other GOP candidates did hear the jeers and are attempting to distance themselves, reports The Hill.
[Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson], who supported the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell, unlike many Republican candidates, said that while he was "chomping at the bit" to denounce the boos, he didn't speak out because he was afraid of stepping out of turn at his first debate. "I’m feeling a little bit like I’m walking on egg shells," he said.
Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman called the booing "unfortunate and unnecessary. "We all wear the same uniform in America. We all salute the same flag. I have two boys starting their journey in the U.S military. We should take more time to thank them for their services as opposed to finding differences based on background or orientation," Huntsman said on ABC.
No word yet from the other Republican candidates.
Santorum may claim that he didn't hear the jeers, but he certainly knew that the question came from an active duty soldier in Iraq. Santorum did not thank the soldier for his service.
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