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Rick Santorum Calls Romney Question 'Bulls--t,' Says Real Republicans Yell At 'New York Times Reporters' (Video)

The GOP Presidential contender loses his cool after being asked a question about a rival during a rally in Wisconsin.

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The New York Times got a big story out of Rick Santorum this weekend, but not necessarily in the way they expected.

The former Pennsylvania senator berated Jeff Zeleny, a reporter from the paper at a campaign rally for dairy farmers in Wisconsin, unhappy with a question predicated on him having called Mitt Romney "the worst Republican candidate."

Santorum said that the reporter was distorting his statement -- he called Romney the worst Republican to run opposed to President Obama's healthcare plan, given his record in Massachusetts -- and unloaded a number of accusations, ultimately calling the question "bulls--t."

Appearing on Fox News the day after, Santorum claimed the incident burnished his conservative bonafides. 

“If you haven’t cursed out a New York Times reporter during the course of a campaign, you’re not really a Republican," he laughed.

Zeleny, for his part, said that Santorum was going for that punchline all along.

“It is a very common tactic for Republican presidential candidates, or even Democratic presidential candidates, to try and use the media a foil here. We’ve seen Newt Gingrich do it throughout the campaign season," he told CBS, saying that it was clear that Santorum knew that the camera was rolling.