After question about newborn, Rick Santorum fights back tears

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First, it was Newt Gingrich, now it’s Rick Santorum going all Niagara Falls, according to Ron Brownstein:

In a dramatic moment on Monday, Rick Santorum fought back tears and his wife Karen grew misty-eyed when a voter asked them about criticism of their 1996 decision to bring home a newborn who died soon after childbirth.

Santorum choked up as he described the family’s decision to bring home their child Gabriel after the newborn died in the hospital. Noting that his wife worked as a neo-natal nurse, Santorum said: “It was so important … for the family to recognize the life of that child and for the children to know they had a brother.”

The exchange was prompted by a voter who said she had heard liberal Fox News commentator Alan Colmes criticize the decision to bring home the child. “To some who don’t recognize the dignity of all human life, who see it as a blob of tissue … this is somehow weird, recognizing the humanity of your son. Somehow weird, somehow odd and should be subject to ridicule.”

Earlier, as Santorum spoke, his wife Karen was heard to say: “It’s so inappropriate.”

Santorum concluded his response by restating his commitment to pursue an anti-abortion agenda. “I will stand and fight,” he said. “I will hope to be able to look into the eyes of the American public and say ‘Be more welcoming, open up your heart to love more, to love all life.”

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