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Megadeth singer endorses Rick Santorum, calls Newt Gingrich ‘an angry little man’

Chris Moody
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Megadeth singer and guitarist David Mustaine (Balazs Mohai/AP)

In an interview with Music Radar Tuesday, Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine dished on his support for Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum:

Earlier in the election, I was completely oblivious as to who Rick Santorum was, but when the dude went home to be with his daughter when she was sick, that was very commendable. Also, just watching how he hasn't gotten into doing these horrible, horrible attack ads like Mitt Romney's done against Newt Gingrich, and then the volume at which Newt has gone back at Romney… You know, I think Santorum has some presidential qualities, and I'm hoping that if it does come down to it, we'll see a Republican in the White House ... and that it's Rick Santorum.

A spokesman for Rick Santorum's presidential campaign did not immediately respond for a request for comment.

For Mustaine, who hopes "whatever is in the White House next year is a Republican," candidates Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul just don't cut it.

On Gingrich:

[W]atching Newt Gingrich, I was pretty excited for a while, but now he's just gone back to being that person that everybody said he was — that angry little man. I still like him, but I don't think I'd vote for him.

Paul:

I like the guy because he knows how to excite the youth of America and fill them in on some things. But when he says that we're like the Taliban… I'm sorry, Congressman Paul, but I'm nothing like the Taliban.

Romney:

I was floored the other day to see that Mitt Romney's five boys have a $100 million trust fund. Where does a guy make that much money?

Read the whole interview, via Caitlin McDevitt.

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