Republican presidential candidates Rick Santorum and Bobby Jindal on Wednesday strongly defended Kentucky clerk Kim Davis, while George Pataki said that he would fire her.

The candidates were part of CNN's undercard debate.

When Jindal, the governor of Louisiana, randomly held up Davis – who served 5 days in jail for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples – as an example of Christians being persecuted in America, Santorum, a former senator, quickly seized on the opportunity to rail against the Supremacy Clause.

“We need as a president who's going to fight a court that is abusive, that has superseded their authority. Judicial supremacy is not in the constitution. And we need a president and a Congress to stand up to a court when it exceeds its constitutional authority,” Santorum said, referring to the Supreme Court's June ruling which struck down gay marriage bans nationwide.

“My response is kinda wow,” Pataki, a former New York governor, responded. “We're going to have a president who defies the Supreme Court?”

“I hope so. If they're wrong,” Santorum interrupted.

“Then you don't have the rule of law. The elected representatives of the people always have the opportunity to change that law. The Supreme Court makes a determination but it's ultimately the elected officials who decide whether or not that would be accepted.”

“When you're an elected official and you take an oath of office to uphold the law, all the laws, you cannot pick and choose, or you no longer have a society that depends on the rule of law,” Pataki added, echoing to an earlier exchange where he said that he would fire Davis if she worked for him.

Santorum responded that the Supreme Court's ruling went against “God's law” and therefore should be ignored.