Rick Santorum's Baby Tragedy
Rick Santorum's wife, Karen burst into tears and her husband also choked up as he talked about the death of their newborn son at a rally.
"We brought him home so our children could see," Santorum said.
Santorum said the baby lived for only two hours after being born twenty weeks premature in 1996. He and his wife made the decision to bring the body home.
It was a choice that Fox News contributor Alan Colmes called "Crazy."
"Get a load of some of the crazy things he's said and done, like taking his two-hour-old baby when it died right after child birth home and played with it for a couple hours so that his other children would know that the child was real," said Colmes.
Colme's crack triggered a storm of controversy.
Karen actually blurted out, "This is so inappropriate," at a rally. Then Rick took a swipe at Colme's saying, "Thanks Allen. Appreciate it."
The Santorums named the baby Gabriel. Karen even wrote a book about him called, Letters to Gabriel. After the baby died, the Santorums slept in the hospital with the body between them.
Rick Santorum was on Hannity Monday night and spoke about the uproar.
"We brought him home and showed him to our children. We wanted to let them know that they had a brother. I can understand why people may want to do something differently, but to take a shot, when someone losses a child..." said Rick.
Colmes did call the Santorums to apologize.
"He made a mistake, he admitted the mistake, both Karen and I said 'Look, we all say things and do stupid things. No problem," Rick told Hannity.
This isn't the first tearful breakdown in Iowa. Newt Gingrich openly wept last week when discussing his late mother's bipolar disorder.
Gingrich emotionally said, "My whole emphasis on brain science comes in directly from dealing with, um, dealing with the real problems from real people in my family."
And Ron Paul spoke out for the first time about getting support from a surprising source—singer Kelly Clarkson. Clarkson's fans had slammed her for supporting a candidate who's been accused of being racist, homophobic, and obsessed with conspiracy theories. But then her new album soared up the charts, apparently buoyed by fellow Ron Paul supporter.
"I have to admit, I didn't know a lot about her, but I have to say our supports were so enthusastic about it, they went out and bumped up her sales of her records by 600%," Paul said.