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18
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Rick Santorum Calls 'SNL' Sketch 'Bullying' (Video)

The GOP presidential hopeful says his depiction on Saturday’s episode was another example of how intolerant the political left is.

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Rick Santorum isn't laughing at a Saturday Night Live sketch that depicted Andy Samberg as him participating in "Yet another GOP debate" from a gay bar in San Francisco's Castro District.

The former Pennsylvania senator and current GOP presidential nominee hopeful told New Hampshire radio station WGIR that the sketch counted as "bullying."

"The left, unfortunately, participates in bullying more than the right does," he told the radio host. "They say that they're tolerant, and they're anything but tolerant of people who disagree with them and support traditional values."

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Santorum said he hadn't actually seen the sketch, saying, "I’ve heard about it. I haven’t had a chance to see it. I’ve had a pretty heavy schedule to be honest with you. I’ve heard what it’s about and I’m not surprised, let’s put it that way."

The candidate has been outspoken in his criticism of gay rights and has signed a pledge opposing same-sex marriage. He has also been critical of the repeal of the military's "Don't ask, don't tell" policy.

Santorum also became the victim of an Internet stunt arranged by gay sex-advice columnist Dan Savage in 2003, when his last name was given a crude definition and became the top Google result when someone searched "Santorum."

The candidate told the radio host, "I welcome the criticism."