Should Santorum apologize to John McCain for torture comment?

May 20, 2011|By Luke Broadwater

For those who don't know, U.S. Senator John McCain was a prisoner of war in Vietnam for five years, where he saw up close the terrible, ineffective nature of torture. McCain has since spoken out against torture (aka "enhanced interrogation techniques") for these very reasons. 

"In my personal experience, the abuse of prisoners sometimes produces good intelligence, but often produces bad intelligence," McCain said on the floor of the Senate recently. "Under torture a person will say anything he thinks his captors want to hear -- whether it is true or false -- if he believes it will relieve his suffering." 

But McCain's very personal experience with torture is irrelevant to (apparent torture enthusiast?) former Sen. Rick Santorum, who said on Hugh Hewitt's radio program this week that McCain “didn’t understand how enhanced interrogation works.”

This comment was obviously found to be offensive by members of the McCain's family. Both McCain's wife and daughter have defended their father online. 

Santorum so far has refused to apologize for his comments, but did say he respects McCain's service to our country. 

"For anyone to infer my disagreement with Sen. McCain's policy position lessens my respect for his service to our country and all he had to endure is outrageous and unfortunate," Santorum said to NBC. 

So, should Santorum apologize for saying he knows more than McCain about torture? Poll is to the left. 

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