Holy $%&#! Senators weigh in on public profanity

While Rick Santorum has defended his use of profanity during a recent confrontation with a reporter, senators say they like to keep it clean in public.

A New York Times journalist, Jeff 

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Zeleny, questioned the Republican presidential candidate about dubbing fellow White House hopeful Mitt Romney “the worst Republican in the country to put up against Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaPatagonia files suit against Trump cuts to Utah monuments Former Dem Tenn. gov to launch Senate bid: report Eighth Franken accuser comes forward as Dems call for resignation MORE.”

When pressed about the comment on Sunday, the former Pennsylvania senator replied, “Quit distorting my words. It’s bulls--t.”

“It’s never appropriate for third-

graders or lawmakers to curse in public, but sometimes we make mistakes,” Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGOP and Dems bitterly divided by immigration We are running out of time to protect Dreamers US trade deficit rises on record imports from China MORE (R-S.C.) said Tuesday. 

Before predicting that Romney will be the Republican nominee, Graham admitted that he’s slipped up before and used coarse language in front of others: “Sometimes, in the heat of the campaign, when you think somebody’s basically cheap-shotting you, you know, things can come out of your mouth that probably would not be a good role model.”

Sen. James InhofeJames (Jim) Mountain InhofeGOP senator on backing Moore: ‘It’s a numbers game’ Overnight Energy: Panel advances controversial Trump nominee | Ex-coal boss Blankenship to run for Senate | Dem commissioner joins energy regulator Senate panel advances controversial environmental nominee MORE (R-Okla.) seemed surprised by the news of Santorum’s reference to animal excrement: “That’s the last person I would expect that from.”

Inhofe added, “I just don’t use profanity, never have. I haven’t for 30 years.”

When we inquired about what happened three decades ago, Inhofe replied, “It has to do with Jesus.” He then pointed to a youthful-looking congressional aide who was sitting nearby and asked, “Do you know Jesus?” The aide nodded as the lawmaker darted off into his party’s policy lunch.

Sen. Ben CardinBenjamin (Ben) Louis CardinDems demand Tillerson end State hiring freeze, consult with Congress Former New Mexico gov: Trump's foreign policy is getting 'criticized by everybody' Dems put hold on McFarland nomination over contradictory testimony: report MORE (D-Md.) didn’t mention any religious experiences in his decision to avoid using profanity, but did say, “I don’t like to curse ever, in my private life or in my public life.” Cardin then revealed, “My family thinks I’m a little strange about that.”

Sen. Jack ReedJohn (Jack) Raymond ReedSenate panel moves forward with bill to roll back Dodd-Frank Army leader on waiver report: 'There's been no change in standards' 15 Dems urge FEC to adopt new rules for online political ads MORE (D-R.I.) also says he considers swearing a no-no, saying, “I think the best approach to anything is to try to be polite and civil … I think it’s not just for interactions with reporters and personalities, this is a standard of conduct one should try to follow in dealing with everybody.”

An apology doesn’t seem in the works from the Santorum camp. In a Monday interview on “Fox and Friends,” Santorum said, “If you haven’t cursed out a New York Times reporter during the course of a campaign, you’re not really a real Republican.”

But Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsOvernight Health Care: 3.6M signed up for ObamaCare in first month | Ryan pledges 'entitlement reform' next year | Dems push for more money to fight opioids Study: ObamaCare bills backed by Collins would lower premiums Right scrambles GOP budget strategy MORE (R-Maine) tells us she believes Santorum might have made a slight slip-up: “I think that lawmakers are human and occasionally they say things they regret later. I suspect this is an example of that.”

Sen. Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeSupreme Court takes on same-sex wedding cake case House approves motion to go to tax conference — with drama Trump really will shrink government, starting with national monuments MORE (R-Utah), who endorsed Romney earlier this week, offered another possible explanation: “Everybody needs a mulligan once in a while. Maybe he was having a bad day.”

Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainGOP strategist donates to Alabama Democrat Meghan McCain knocks Bannon: 'Who the hell are you' to criticize Romney? Dems demand Tillerson end State hiring freeze, consult with Congress MORE (R-Ariz.) contended on Fox News Channel a few weeks ago that he doesn’t use salty language “very often,” taking issue with how his vocabulary was portrayed in HBO’s movie “Game Change.” 

The Arizona Republican said that when a swearword does sneak into a politician’s language, “I believe the best thing to do — in most cases it’s just ‘It is what it is’ … and let the American people draw their own conclusions.”