Romney, Perry, Bachmann, Gingrich refuse to denounce boos of gay soldier. Johnson suggests Santorum lied.

So one GOP presidential candidate is calling Rick Santorum a liar for claiming on Fox that he couldn’t hear the gay soldier being booed by the Republican audience during the presidential primary debate last week in Florida. Also, it’s interesting to note that while Huntsman, Santorum and Johnson all denounced the boos, Romney, Perry, Bachmann and Gingrich are now refusing to denounce the boos.

So basically, Romney, Perry, Bachmann and Gingrich stand behind the audience’s booing of a US soldier serving in combat.

From ABC News:

[Former New Mexico Gov. Gary] Johnson added that he could hear the boos from the stage and believes that the other candidates – despite Santorum’s denial – could as well.

Businessman Herman Cain declined to go into detail about the incident saying only, “If you don’t have time to explain your whole position on that, you can very easily be taken out of context so I don’t even want to comment on that.”

Rep. Michele Bachmann’s spokeswoman Alice Stewart said in an email to ABC News, “There was booing and cheering throughout the debate – Michele didn’t comment on any of it.”

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich also declined to comment, and Ron Paul’s campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Spokespeople from Gov. Mitt Romney’s campaign did not return requests for comment, and Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s campaign had no comment either.

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