Rick Santorum got some push-back from university students in New Hampshire who did not like his stance on gay marriage. They even resorted to booing him as he left the stage, and you can watch the whole thing above.
Here is what I appreciate about Santorum in this setting. New Hampshire is not Iowa, and he knows it. Santorum knows that his social conservative views are not going to play as well with this crowd as they did with the crowds in Iowa.
Faced with this situation, most politicians would dissemble or avoid the topic. Santorum did not do that. He faced the issue head-on and attempted to persuade and to have a rational conversation about the moral issues at stake in the gay marriage debate. I think he showed far more respect to the students than they showed him.
Santorum’s candidacy is on the line in New Hampshire. That he did not pander nor shrink back from controversy just days before he is asking these people to vote for him is courageous. There are not many politicians who would do what Santorum did here.