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GOP donor wonders if Obama's 'teleprompters are bullet-proof'

April 11, 2012|By Seema Mehta
  • President Barack Obama is seen through his TelePrompTer as he answers questions at The Associated Press luncheon during the ASNE Convention in Washington.
President Barack Obama is seen through his TelePrompTer as he answers questions… (Carolyn Kaster / AP Photo )

Foster Friess, a wealthy Republican who helped fund Rick Santorum’s presidential run but is now supporting Mitt Romney, used gun imagery Wednesday to describe the campaign against President Obama.

“There are a lot of things that haven’t been hammered at because Rick and Mitt have been going at each other,” Friess said during an interview on Fox Business Network. “Now that they have trained their barrels on President Obama, I hope his teleprompters are bullet-proof.”

Friess told ABC News that he regretted the statement immediately after making it.

The retired mutual fund manager has spent nearly $2 million on GOP candidates and causes in the 2012 campaign, the vast majority funding a "super PAC" that backed Santorum. After the former Pennsylvania senator dropped out of the race Tuesday, Friess said he would support Romney.

The campaigns for Obama and Romney did not respond to requests for comment Wednesday night about Friess’ remarks.

Friess has raised eyebrows before with his comments. He said during a discussion about Santorum’s focus on social issues that when he was younger, women put aspirin between their knees as a cost-effective method of birth control.

It isn’t the first time gun imagery has been used in the presidential campaign. This year, when Santorum visited a shooting range in Louisiana, a woman screamed that he ought to pretend Obama was his target. Santorum didn’t hear the woman and said afterword that such a remark was “horrible.”

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