Rick Santorum’s ‘Throw Up’ Comment Proves He Could Use a Thesaurus (VIDEO)

rick santorumAn important piece of political news happened yesterday that you may have missed, what with all the Oscar crap floating around in our ether. So, in that case, I'm hear to inform you that the separation of church and state makes Rick Santorum "want to throw up." His words, not mine.

His full quote to George Stephanopoulos on This Week was: "I don't believe in an America where the separation of church and state are absolute. The idea that the church can have no influence or no involvement in the operation of the state is absolutely antithetical to the objectives and vision of our country ... to say that people of faith have no role in the public square? You bet that makes me want to throw up."

On the bright side, I guess it's better than it making him want to gag with a spoon.

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Look, I'm not going to attack Santorum right now for not believing in the separation of church and state. That would just be ridiculous. It's too obvious. But something needs to be said for the words, or lack thereof, that he used to describe his disdain for the belief.

I know that politicians are "just like us" (save for the abnormally low count in scruples), but when running for office -- and when being a guest on a political talk show -- I think it's best to refrain from colloquialisms that are so ... colloquial. The expression "that makes me want to throw up" (when, in fact, the actual thing doesn't really make you want to throw up) sounds weird coming out of any 53-year-old's mouth, much less one who is running for president. It's a saying reserved for teenagers and valley girls.

If I heard a 16-year-old at the mall lament that a shirt "makes her want to throw up," I wouldn't necessarily peg her for someone who's going to go on to do something with the Hadron Collider, but I also wouldn't bat an eyelash. Most 16-year-old girls (and 33-year-old women) use that terminology. People who want to be the leader of the free world, however, should find another expression. One that's a little more eloquent and a little less vomit-y. My words, not his ... yet.

Check out Santorum in action:

Does the separation of church and state make you want to throw up? Does Santorum's use of the phrase "makes me want to throw up" make you want to throw up?

 

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