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Quote Of The Day: Santorum On Torture (And McCain)

"[E]verything I’ve read shows that we would not have gotten this information as to who this man was if it had not been gotten information from people who were subject to enhanced interrogation. And so this idea that we didn’t ask that question while Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was being waterboarded, [Senator John McCain] doesn’t understand how enhanced interrogation works. I mean, you break somebody, and after they’re broken, they become cooperative. And that’s when we got this information. And one thing led to another, and led to another, and that’s how we ended up with bin Laden. That seems to be clear from all the information I read. Maybe McCain has better information than I do, but from what I’ve seen, it seems pretty clear that but for these cooperative witnesses who were cooperative as a result of enhanced interrogations, we would not have gotten bin Laden." -Rick Santorum, on Hugh Hewitt's radio show.

Greg Sargent:
I asked McCain spokesperson Brooke Buchanan for a response to Santorum. She emailed a one word reply:

Who?
Indeed.

Santorum as since walked back his comments. CNN:
[Santorum] later said he meant no disrespect to the former GOP presidential nominee.

"I disagree with Senator McCain's view that the enhanced interrogation techniques used on a select few high-value terrorist detainees were unsuccessful nor do I believe they amounted to torture," Santorum said in a statement Wednesday. "For anyone to infer my disagreement with Senator McCain's policy position lessens my respect for his service to our country and all he had to endure is outrageous and unfortunate."
Right.

My guess is that Santorum won't be invited to any social events with John McCain anytime soon...