Former senator Alan Simpson (R-Wyo.) didn't mince words in weighing in on the crop of Republicans mulling presidential campaigns for the next election cycle during an appearance on MSNBC's "Hardball" on Monday. When asked for his assessment of the emerging GOP field by anchor Chris Matthews, the co-chair of President Obama's deficit commission didn't hold back in criticizing members of his party on social issues. "Who the hell is for abortion?," asked Simpson, who has developed a reputation for making blunt and colorful remarks. "I don't know anybody running around with a sign that says, have an abortion, they're wonderful. They're hideous. But they're a deeply intimate and personal decision, and I don't think men legislators should even vote on the issue." Simpson went on to address the issue of gay rights. "Then you've got homosexuality," he said. "You've got 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell.' We have homophobes in our party. That's disgusting to me. We're all human beings. We're all God's children. ... [Former Pennsylvania senator Rick] Santorum has said some cruel things, cruel, cruel things about homosexuals. Ask him about it. See if he attributes the cruelness of his remarks years ago. Foul." "That's the kind of guys that are going to be on my ticket, you know, makes you sort out hard what Reagan said, you know, 'stick with your folks,'" explained Simpson to Matthews. "But I'm not sticking with people who are homophobic, anti-women, you know, moral values while you're diddling your secretary while you're giving a speech on moral values. Come on. Get off of it." Alan Simpson: I'm Not Sticking With Republicans Who Are 'Homophobic,' 'Anti-Women' (VIDEO) Good to know he's the co-chair on Obama's National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility.