Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Van Susteren grills Santorum on gay rights

On Fox News last night, Greta Van Susteren asked Rick Santorum how he's going to get the gay vote -- literally, how he's going to get the gay vote.

Again, let me repeat that -- she asked him how he's going to get the gay vote.

VAN SUSTEREN: How are you going to get the gay vote?

How can you convince them that despite, you know, your views and his [Bob Vander Plaats] views, that you could -- I mean, is there any way that you could convince them to vote for you?

SANTORUM: Well, look, I have nothing against gay people. They have rights of every other citizen. But what they did in Iowa and what some are trying to do, not all gays, but some are trying to do is change the laws of this country with respect to what the definition of marriage is.

.... But if there are differences, I'm certainly going to speak out on those differences when I think it's in the best interests of our country to have laws that reflect having men and women raise children and form solid marriage bonds.

VAN SUSTEREN: Can you understand the heartache that many of them have when they hear you speak on something that's so near and dear to them, and your policies against them, and then at the same time, you want their votes?

I mean, can you understand the heartache for many of them?

SANTORUM: Well, you know -- you know, we can have a public policy discussion that says that, you know, certain things -- our laws should be certain ways without seeing it as a personal attack. It's not a personal attack. It's what we believe is best for the country. And I believe what's best for the country is to give children their birthright, which is the best opportunity for them to have a mother and a father.

Santorum, of course, is often viewed by the gay community as hostile to its cause.