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Santorum gives cold shoulder to Friess aspirin joke

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum Friday disavowed an off-color contraception joke told by multimillionare Foster Friess, his superPAC sugar daddy.

Santorum gives cold shoulder to Friess aspirin joke

Republican presidential candidate, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum speaks during a Economic Club of Detroit luncheon in Detroit, Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012. (AP Photo / Paul Sancya)
Republican presidential candidate, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum speaks during a Economic Club of Detroit luncheon in Detroit, Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012. (AP Photo / Paul Sancya)

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum on Friday disavowed an off-color joke about contraceptives told by his superPAC sugar daddy, multimillionaire investor Foster Friess.

"I'm not responsible for every comment that a supporter of mine makes," Santorum said on CBS' This Morning. "It was a bad joke, it was a stupid joke, and it is not reflective of me or my record on this issue."

On Thursday, Friess made a crack during an interview with Andrea Mitchell on MSNBC when the subject turned to Santorum's past statements on contraceptives and the recent Obama administration attempt to require religious-affiliated institutions to provide free coverage for them to employees.

"Back in my days, they used Bayer aspirin for contraception," Friess joked. "The gals put it between their knees, and it wasn't that costly.''

Friess is the single biggest donor to the Red White and Blue Fund, the SuperPAC supporting Santorum, and has traveled with the candidate in the GOP primaries.

In his CBS interview, Santorum accused host Charlie Rose of "gotcha politics" for asking him about the aspirin joke and said that the media were guilty of a "double standard" because President Obama was not held responsible for the racially insensitive comments of his former minister, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, in the 2008 campaign.

On Thursday night, in a FOX News interview, Santorum also said he would pursue no restrictions on access to contraceptives as president, regardless of his personal views.

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