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 ObamaDem senator: Trump's 'icky' Boy Scout speech left 'my stomach in knots' Boos for Obama as Trump speaks at Boy Scout jamboree Feehery: Winning August 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 GrahamMcCain returning to Senate in time for health vote Week ahead: Senate defense bill faces delay Week ahead: Uncertainty surrounds ObamaCare repeal vote 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 InhofeMcCain absence adds to GOP agenda’s uncertainty GOP signals infrastructure bill must wait Lobbying World 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 CardinBen CardinGOP senator: It is in Trump's 'best interest' to sign Russia sanctions bill Sunday shows preview: Scaramucci makes TV debut as new communication chief Oil concerns hold up Russia sanctions push 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 ReedJack ReedSenate Dems launch talkathon ahead of ObamaCare repeal vote Armed Services leaders appoint strategy panel members Senators ask for Syria policy study in defense bill 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 CollinsHealth secretary praises Trump’s ‘unprecedented’ involvement in ObamaCare repeal GOP lawmaker suggests duel with female senators This week: ObamaCare repeal vote looms over Senate 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 LeeMike LeeDeMint to launch new conservative group: report Senate healthcare bill appears headed for failure Small farmers push for USDA reforms 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 McCainMcCain returning to Senate in time for health vote Senate Dems launch talkathon ahead of ObamaCare repeal vote Overnight Healthcare: Trump pressures GOP ahead of vote | McConnell urges Senate to start debate | Cornyn floats conference on House, Senate bills | Thune sees progress on Medicaid 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.”