If you're from outside of the USA, or just don't pay attention to politics (and who can blame you), I'll get you caught up to speed on what this is all about: As we get closer and closer to an actual presidential election (which is still nearly 8 months away), more and more weird personal details about all of the candidates come to the surface. This usually has to do with the individual campaigns trying to make their respective candidates seem more likable, or opposing campaigns trying to discredit candidates in some way.

Well, it turns out Rick Santorum, one of the dudes seeking the Republican nomination in hopes to become a United States President, is a huge fan of Imangi Studios' Temple Run [Free]. In fact, per the man himself, he's given up Angry Birds he likes the game so much:

 

Now, say what you will about Rick Santorum, but it's always crazy (at least to me) to see iOS games, or, hell, video games in general, with this sort of mainstream appeal. I almost wish I could take this video back in time to the mid-80's when my parents were desperately trying to get me to play less Nintendo so I could be like, "Look, this guy is running for President of the United States and can score over a million in Temple Run."

Actually, they'd probably still tell me to play less Nintendo-I'm sure they'd be impressed by the time machine though.

[via Kotaku]

  • Anonymous

    I can see the media giving him a lot of shit for this

  • Anonymous

    Is there a candidate that plays something more, I dunno, "Sid Meyery"? I'd like to have a little confidence that when the Mind Worms come, my president will accomplish a bit more than accidentally nerve-stapling his head to the desk.

    • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

      You know, it's sort of crazy to think but I bet in about 20 years what video games presidential candidates enjoy would be a serious question people want to know.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5FLRQI2X2LU3IHMCG7HEAEFD5I Cat Astrophy

        Do people ask what television shows presidential candidates enjoy ?

      • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

        Yes.

  • http://RolePlayFTW.com Huy Ngo

    Screw the media.  If he likes to play a video game on his phone while he's waiting on his campaign bus that's cool.  He won't have any time period to do anything he likes if he gets the nomination.

  • http://twitter.com/aagold3 Aaron G

    Ugh, santorum all over an iPad. Gross. 

  • Anonymous

    In all fairness, Rick [he who shall not be Googled] is not at all a part of the American mainstream.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000550362553 Klas Segeljakt

    Another set of proof that Rick Santorum is fucking retarded.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001355897046 Colby Harter

      Oh, yes, but I'd bet that if interviewers asked Obama what his favorite game was you'd applaud him.  -_-

      • http://twitter.com/saracamie sara

        Fairly sure Obama confirmed his favorite game was Pong.

  • Anonymous

    Some guy I don't care about plays a game I also don't care about? Fascinating.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MLFZP5QFKZLKMXOMHBIFLOZF5E Caesar

      Apparently, you cared enough to read the article and comment. :: roll eyes::

  • http://twitter.com/kenginel Ken Ginel

    @JoeFubaf007. You cared enough to post a comment on a person AND game you care to not care about. Fascinating.

  • Adams Immersive

    It’s funny... I love Temple Run, but when I play it I always imagine I am running from Rick Santorum.

    • Anonymous

      I imagine running over him ... using an icade.

    • http://RolePlayFTW.com Huy Ngo

      That's funny!  When I imagine my character is Obama, he suddenly suddenly absorbs all the coins from 360,000 of the best Temple run players and distributes the loot to the other 35,640,000 players and then automatically runs himself off the temple!

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OAB2QJJ5KXRAPVFY2SB4SJR2JQ Jarlene

         Hell yeah, I'd be all for Obama returning what belongs to the people.

      • http://RolePlayFTW.com Huy Ngo

        No way!  I worked hard to become a good temple run player!  I don't want all the casuals out there takin' my coin without learnin' how to play well!  ;)

  • http://twitter.com/NapMan Michael Napier

    This is a relevant as the stories last week about Obama's campaign playlist.

  • Anonymous

    hehe santorum...

  • http://twitter.com/MrCheeseballs Mike Crumpley

    Is this considered news? Who gives a toss what that bible humper does in his free time.

    • Nate

      You're on a web site devoted to the most exhaustively detailed possible coverage of iOS games and you're grumping about something's *newsworthiness*?  They've been known to do a dozen or more articles on a game around here before it even comes out!

  • Michael Campbell

    I'm actually not sure if you can use multiple resurrections in this game, but if so, I'm sure his kids IAPed the heck out of resurrections and power ups, resulting in his million pt score. Which is actually good, because imangi seems like a deserving dev co, from what I've perused in TA past posts.

  • Nate

    I can't stand Santorum as a politician and a candidate, but this actually makes me like him a little bit more as a person.  I also liked that after a TINY moment of hesitation and embarrassment he just smiled and answered the question.

    And people who think that he must have used repeated IAP resurrections and the like to get to a million points must not have played the game all that much themselves.  You can resurrect more than once in a game (there's even an Achievement for it), but the rezzes have to be at least 500 meters apart, so you've already got to be at least half-decent at the game in order to be able to use two or more.  A million points isn't a terribly high score in TR, and once you've maxed out all the bonuses it's pretty easy to get that high every time you get a game with a couple of magnets in it.

  • Frank Hopewell-Smith

    ewww. I suddenly don't like Temple Run nearly as much

  • Chris Johnson

    My favorite part of these comments is that the negative ones sound like pre-schoolers basically just saying 'eww' and putting no thought into it.  This to me just re-affirms that Santorum is not an elistist bast@ard and can admit to taking a breather once and a while.

  • 博文 侯

    the last video,the handsome man touch his nose when he talking about his child playing temple run...

  • http://twitter.com/woodesh matthew wood

    who are the people at the beginning of the video? santorum voters?

    • Nate

      Two of his kids, thus their talk about how competitive he is with them over video games and things like singing along to the radio in the car.

  • Derek Traver

    He also enjoy bringing dead fetuses to his home to let his children snuggle with and pray over them, and forcing his batshit crazy religious ideologies down others' throats.