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Rick Santorum’s Wife Breaks Down As Husband Addresses Death Of Newborn Son

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    Rick Santorum’s Wife Breaks Down As Husband Addresses Death Of Newborn Son

    Rick Santorum hugs his wife Karen as they arrive to meet supporters at the Pizza Ranch, campaigning in Boone, Iowa, January 2, 2012

    ABC News

    During the question and answer portion of Rick Santorum’s second to last campaign event of the day, a voter brought up a painful memory from the former Pennsylvania senator’s past.

    At a Pizza Ranch restaurant in Newton, Iowa,  a member of the audience asked Santorum to react to a controversial attack leveled by liberal Fox News contributor Alan Colmes, who called the Santorum family’s approach to grieving for their dead baby boy, who lived for only two hours after his birth in 1996, “crazy.”

    In a Fox News interview on Monday, Colmes characterized Santorum’s decision to bring the deceased child home an example of “some of the crazy things he’s said and done.”

    But in Iowa this afternoon, Santorum explained that it was important for his other children to “know they had a brother.”

    Santorum’s wife, Karen, who was at the event and listened to her husband talk about the experience, began to weep.

    “It’s just so inappropriate,” she said as tears streamed from her eyes.

    Earlier on Monday, Colmes criticized Santorum’s handling of the death of the child, Gabriel Michael Santorum.

    “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 so that his other children would know that the child was real,” the liberal pundit said in a Fox News interview.

    Here’s the video clip of Colmes.