Politics

McCain snubs Santorum after enhanced interrogation remark

Alexis Levinson Political Reporter

Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain had a concise response to 2012 presidential contender and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum’s accusation that he doesn’t know what he’s talking about when it comes to torture.

“Who?” McCain spokesperson Brook Buchanan emailed The Washington Post.

Santorum and McCain were colleagues in the Senate for the duration of Santorum’s term – 1995 to 2007.

Santorum made the comments on Hugh Hewitt’s radio show Tuesday, in response to a question about his support for enhanced interrogation techniques.

“Your former colleague, John McCain, said look, there’s no record, there’s no evidence here that these methods actually led to the capture or the killing of bin Laden,” said Hewitt.

“He doesn’t understand how enhanced interrogation works,” replied Santorum. “I mean, you break somebody, and after they’re broken, they become cooperative.”

Senator McCain was brutally tortured when he was a prisoner of war in Vietnam.