From Pocono Record: Female combat pilot wants to kick Santorum 'in the jimmy' for remarks on women in battle
WASHINGTON -- A retired female fighter pilot running for former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' open seat in Congress said Friday that Rick Santorum's recent remarks on women in combat make her want to "go kick him in the jimmy."
Martha McSally, a retired US Air Force colonel and a veteran of the war in Afghanistan, is running in Arizona's congressional special election as a Republican. According to her Facebook page, she was the first American woman to fly in combat since the 1991 lifting of a ban on women in that role.
Appearing Friday morning on FOX News Channel's "FOX & Friends," she called the Republican presidential candidate "completely out of touch" for saying that the "emotions" felt by men seeing a female soldier in harm's way may jeopardize their mission.
"You know I agree with many of the things that Rick Santorum says, you know, but when I heard this I really just wanted to go kick him in the jimmy," McSally said, prompting laughter in the studio.
"He's totally out of touch," she continued. "I mean, completely out of touch. These are the types of arguments we heard 20, 25 years ago as to why women couldn't be fighter pilots. It's an insult to the men and women who are serving overseas, putting their lives on the line and focusing on the mission right now."
When asked if she could support Santorum if he becomes the Republican presidential nominee, McSally indicated that she hoped to change his mind on the subject.
"I look forward to talking to him, he's going to be here next week and so, maybe we can discuss this a little bit further and bring him up to speed," she said.
When asked if she would mention her "jimmy" remark, McSally only smiled.