Really pretty brutal opposition Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum got from students in Concord, NH on the topic of marriage equality (the law of the land in that state, by the way).
Santorum gets rather testy as the crowd just refuses to entertain his false equivalency to polygamy. From the New York Times:
In response, Mr. Santorum asked whether she thought that more than two people should be allowed to marry, apparently trying to suggest that the questioner was advocating an extreme position.The video's well worth watching as it's clear the temperature of the room is not in Santorum's favor; cheers for equality, boos for Rick. It's also interesting to see Santorum attempting unsuccessfully to dominate the conversation, interrupting multiple times, and generally coming across as a real douche.
“If you’re not happy unless you’re married to five other people, is that O.K.?” he asked.
That angered the audience, which booed his answer.
“I’m happy to engage in a discussion,” he continued, saying that he wanted to “give people a chance to answer, but we’re going to have a civil discussion.”
The woman who had asked the first question then persisted, saying that the question about bigamy was “irrelevant.”
“In my personal opinion, go for it,” she said. “But when two men want to marry … ”
Mr. Santorum interrupted, “What about three men?”
“That’s not what I’m talking about,” the woman said to Mr. Santorum, who spent close to an hour and a half before the crowd.
The session ended with many of the students booing Mr. Santorum as he left for his next event.
The forum was held at New England College and open to all students, regardless of party. Still, it seems from Iowa to New Hampshire, stumping for discrimination isn't quite the crowd-pleaser it used to be. It's getting harder and harder for a GOP candidate to get near a college campus without embarrassing dust-ups.