CNN drops Rick Santorum following remarks about Native Americans

CNN has dropped former Republican Sen. Rick Santorum as a senior political commentator, a network spokeswoman confirmed on Saturday.

“We’ve parted ways,” Vice President of Communications Alison Rudnick said by email.

The split was first reported by the Huffington Post, which reported that senior management at the news outlet was not pleased with Santorum’s May 3 appearance on its “Cuomo Prime Time” show, where he attempted to clarify April remarks about Native Americans at a Young America’s Foundation event. Rudnick confirmed the Huffington Post report to NBC News.

Santorum told host Chris Cuomo he “misspoke” and that his remarks were taken out of context.

“I was not trying to dismiss Native Americans,” he said.

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