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Second senator voices doubts about Santorum

Specter says Santorum's views on gays are extreme
Sen. Rick Santorum

Former Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter is the second ex-colleague to question Rick Santorum's views on gays and lesbians.

Specter and the presidential candidate both represented the Keystone State in the US Senate. Santorum endorsed Specter in his 2004 reelection bid, and Specter returned the favor when Santorum ran in 2006. However, Specter is backing away from that previous support.

'When you have Senator Santorum’s views, so far to the right, with his attitude on women in the workplace and gays and the bestiality comments and birth control, I do not think it is realistic for Rick Santorum to represent America,' Specter said to the MSNBC news show The Daily Rundown (as reported by Think Progress).

Specter's new perspective mirrors what ex-Senator Alan Simpson recently said.

I'll tell you, he is rigid and homophobic,' Simpson noted. 'He mentioned in an interview in 2003 about bestiality and gay and lesbians. I think that's disgusting. [Santorum] 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.' What's kind about that?'

Simpson served in the Senate between 1979 and 1997.

Santorum was one of the first Republican candidates to sign a pledge sponsored by the National Organization for Marriage. If elected to the White House, he  promises to support a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage and create a presidential commission to 'investigate harassment of traditional marriage supporters.' The candidate also vows to reinstate Don't Ask, Don't Tell

Santorum has transformed into a front runner in the Republican primary. He and Mitt Romney are now battling in Arizona and Michigan. According to a Public Policy poll he's leading Romney, in Michigan, 37 percent to 33.

The Great Lakes State primary will be held on 28 February.

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