POLITICS
10/24/2011 02:33 pm ET Updated Dec 24, 2011

Rick Santorum Watches Football While Newt Gingrich Speaks In Iowa (VIDEO)

There are college football fans, and then there are college football fans.

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum made a bid to be counted in the latter category over the weekend, as cameras caught the former Pennsylvania senator watching a football game on Saturday while Newt Gingrich delivered an address at the Iowa Faith and Freedom Forum. Santorum appeared to have a tablet device placed inconspicuously on his lap, and he's seen in the video taking an occasional peek at the screen.

As the National Journal points out:

It's difficult to tell what he was watching, but Penn State, Santorum's alma mater, was playing Northwestern in Evanston, Ill.

Penn State ended up winning the game, 34-24.

In other Santorum news, the presidential contender -- who has fared much more poorly on the campaign trail than his Nittany Lions have on the football field -- was asked on Sunday to weigh in on the rest of the GOP candidates.

"I'd support anybody in the Republican field. I mean, Ron Paul would give me a little indigestion -- I'd have to take some antacids on foreign policy. But other than that -- no, look, they're far superior in many other ways than this president," Santorum said on CBS' "Face the Nation."