Huffpost Politics

Alan Simpson: Rick Santorum Is 'Rigid And A Homophobic'

Posted: Updated:
Former Sen. Alan Simpson weighed in on the Republican presidential primary on Wednesday, stating that Rick Santorum is
Former Sen. Alan Simpson weighed in on the Republican presidential primary on Wednesday, stating that Rick Santorum is "rigid and a homophobic."

Former Sen. Alan Simpson (R-Wy.) weighed in on the Republican presidential primary on Wednesday, calling Rick Santorum "rigid and a homophobic."

In an interview with CBS News' Bob Schieffer, Simpson faulted the Republican field for making issues like same-sex marriage and reproductive rights central to their platforms, warning that they would lose favor with voters if the conversation does not change.

"I am convinced that if you get into these social issues and just stay in there about abortion and homosexuality and even mental health they bring up, somehow they're going to take us all to Alaska and float us out in the Bering Sea or something," said Simpson, long known for colorful commentary. "We won't have a prayer."

He continued, "I watch Republicans, they give each other the saliva test of purity, and then they lose and they bitch for four years."

Simpson, who said he is supporting Mitt Romney in the primary, saved his harshest criticism for Santorum.

"He is rigid and a homophobic," Simpson said. "He said, 'I want a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage,' and they said, 'Well, what about the people who are already married?' And he said, 'Well, they would be nullified.' I mean what is, what's human, what's kind about that? We're all human beings, we all know or love somebody who's gay or lesbian so what the hell is that about? To me it's startling and borders on disgust."

Now the co-chair of President Obama's debt commission, Simpson retired from the Senate in 1997 and has often been outspoken on issues concerning his party.

Last April, Simpson made similar comments about Republicans who prioritize issues like abortion and gay marriage. "I'm not sticking with people who are homophobic, anti-woman, you know, moral values while you're diddling your secretary while you're giving a speech on moral values," he said on MSNBC. "Come on. Get off of it."

When asked by Schieffer on Wednesday if he believes that Romney would be able to get through a rough primary and still stand a chance in the general election, Simpson said he believed the former Massachusetts governor could do so.

"The stuff that has come out on Romney has now been rolling for a long time," he said. "Now, Santorum is caught in the roll. He hasn't had the searchlight on him. Every time the searchlight falls -- on Cain, or Newt, or whoever, you know the emperor's riding nekkid [sic] down the street."

Watch the full interview:

Look through more of Simpson's history of colorful statements below:

Close
Stuff Alan Simpson Says
of
Share
Tweet
Advertisement
Share this
close
Current Slide

all-also-on-huffpost

Suggest a correction

Around the Web

Alan Simpson: I'm Not Sticking With Republicans Who Are ...

Alan Simpson Takes on Grover Norquist, AARP - Washington Wire ...

Fmr. GOP Sen. Alan Simpson Calls Republican Refusal To Raise ...

Budget Hawks Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles - The Daily Beast

Former Senator Alan Simpson on America's failing politicians ...

Alan Simpson: Republicans Allowing 'Pettiness to Overcome ...

Simpson tells youthful crowd they're getting stuck with bill

Simpson makes dean's list at Belmont

Alan Simpson Weighs In On Neighbor Foster Friess

Senator Alan Simpson Shoots From The Lip; Hardy Book Party Hits Veep Cheney ...

Simpson: 'Terrified' Obama Ditched Deficit Issue

Budget Hawks Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles

Geithner explains why Obama never embraced Bowles-Simpson

 
  Obama Romney
Obama Romney
332 206
Obama leading
Obama won
Romney leading
Romney won
Popular Vote
33 out of 100 seats are up for election. 51 are needed for a majority.
Democrat leading
Democrat won
Holdover
Republican leading
Republican won
Democrats* Republicans
Current Senate 53 47
Seats gained or lost +2 -2
New Total 55 45
* Includes two independent senators expected to caucus with the Democrats: Angus King (Maine) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vt.).
All 435 seats are up for election. 218 are needed for a majority.
Democrat leading
Democrat won
Republican leading
Republican won
Democrats Republicans
Seats won 201 234
Click for Full Results
Register To Vote