Rick Santorum: ‘You Can Kill Things and Still Like Them’

Rick SantorumFormer Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum likes Big Bird plenty, he told CNN host Piers Morgan on Thursday. He also, however, wants to kill and eat him. No, this is not a joke, just a very poor choice of words.

Santorum appeared on CNN Thursday to discuss how Mitt Romney fared in his first Presidential debate with President Barack Obama. During and immediately following the debate, it was Romney’s remarks about defunding PBS (and with it, Big Bird), not his stance on health care or the Wall Street bailout, that had everyone buzzing. And so, this is the point that Santorum chose to address with Morgan.

After Morgan asked Santorum if he, like Romney, would “kill Big Bird,” Santorum said, “As a matter of fact, I’ve voted to kill Big Bird in the past. So, I have a record there that I have to disclose.” He should have stopped there. But, luckily for the Internet (not so much his reputation), Santorum continued. “That doesn’t mean I don’t like Big Bird. I mean, you can kill things and still like them. Maybe to eat them, I don’t know.”

Let’s rewind a second. “You can kill things and still like them.”

If Santorum ever decides to run for president again, at least he’ll know he has the murderer demographic on his side. Unfortunately, convicted felons can’t vote for President.

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Celebrity Editor Abbey Stone hails from the fair isle of Martha's Vineyard, a lovely, vaguely dinosaur-shaped spot of land located off the coast of Cape Cod, MA, that is best known for exporting preppy salmon-colored pants. But the bright lights of New York City beckoned, and Abbey was lured away from her coastal haven to attend Barnard College. She graduated in 2010 with a degree in English and a much less useful minor in Dance. Abbey has been published in Dance Magazine, The Huffington Post, Time Out New York, and Popstar! magazine (where she learned more than she ever wanted to know about Justin Bieber). Abbey now lives in Brooklyn, where she spends her days watching stupid Internet videos and reading pretentious books.

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