During an appearance on Fox Business Network Wednesday, Foster Friess—the billionaire backer of former Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum—said he hopes President Obama's "teleprompters are bulletproof."
"There are a lot of things that haven't been hammered at because Rick and Mitt have been going at each other," the retired mutual fund manager said before he made his comment directed at the president. He later told ABC News that he regretted his words immediately after he said them.
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Talking about Obama's teleprompter use had become one of Santorum's favorite digs at the president.
"I've always believed that when you run for President of the United States, it should be illegal to read off a teleprompter, because all you're doing is reading someone else's words to people," Santorum said at a March campaign stop in Mississippi.
Friess pledged to support Mitt Romney now that Santorum is out of the race. That will mean some more cash for Romney, but potentially more on-air blunders as well. In February, when Santorum decided to make contraception a campaign issue, Friess told MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell that "back in my days, they used Bayer aspirin for contraception. The gals put it between their knees, and it wasn't that costly."
Friess' comment isn't the first time a quip about shooting the president has become a story during the campaign cycle. Earlier this year, at a campaign stop at a shooting range in Louisiana, a woman shouted, "Pretend it's Obama," while Santorum was taking target practice.
"It's a very terrible and horrible remark and I'm glad I didn't hear it," Santorum said, regarding the incident.