GOP candidate says she wants to kick Santorum 'in the jimmy'

Republican congressional hopeful Martha McSally, who is running for the House seat recently vacated by Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), said Rick Santorum’s remarks about women in combat made her want to “kick him in the jimmy.”


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McSally is a retired Air Force colonel and combat veteran.

Santorum has said that he has “concerns about women in frontline combat.”

“I think that could be a very compromising situation,” Santorum said on CNN last week. “Where people naturally, you know, may do things that may not be in the interests of the mission because of other types of emotions that are involved.”

Speaking Friday on Fox News, McSally called this view “completely out of touch.”

“You know I agree with many of the things that Rick Santorum says, but when I heard this I really just wanted to go kick him in the jimmy,” McSally said. “He’s totally out of touch. I mean, completely out of touch. These are the types of arguments we heard 20 to 25 years ago as to why women couldn’t be fighter pilots. It’s an insult to the men and women who are serving overseas, putting their lives on the line and focusing on the mission right now.”

This is not the first time Santorum has encountered controversy over remarks about women.

The former Pennsylvania senator is opposed to birth control, which he has said is “harmful to women,” and wrote in his book “It Takes a Family” that “radical feminists” were “convincing women” that “professional accomplishments” were more important than being a mother.

Santorum’s top super-PAC donor, Foster Friess, also stirred controversy Thursday with his comments on birth control.

“Back in my day, they used Bayer aspirin for contraceptives,” he told MSNBC. “The gals put it between their knees and it wasn’t that costly.”