Rick Santorum opposes women serving in combat

Republican presidential candidate former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum speaks as his wife Karen, right, listens during a primary night watch party Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012, in St. Charles, Mo. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

February 10, 2012 4:24:01 PM PST
Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum says he thinks it would be wrong to allow women to serve in combat.

As one reason, Santorum cites "the emotions of men." The White House hopeful says there is the potential that men will not be focused on their combat mission but on what he calls a "natural instinct" to protect a woman.

Santorum also questions having women in combat roles because of what he says are "all sorts of physical issues" relating to the capabilities of men and women.

The Pentagon is putting into effect new rules that place women in the military closer to the front lines. The Pentagon still bans women from the most dangerous combat jobs.

Santorum made the comments Friday to CNN.