SW: You mentioned you're going to vote for Rick Santorum.
This is an excerpt from Mustaine's conversation with music editor Chris Kornelis and KIRO's Josh Kerns, co-hosts of KIRO 97.3's Seattle Sounds, which airs Sundays at 3 p.m.
Mustaine: I didn't say that. I said that he's the one that I'm looking at.
Santorum is against gay marriage and supports restrictions on abortions. Does his stance on these social issues bother you?
It doesn't bother me at all.
Do you support gay marriage?
I'm very conservative. So, take it for what it's worth.
In Washington state, the governor signed gay marriage into law. Do you support gay marriage, or is that something you oppose?
Well, since I'm not gay, the answer to that would be no.
Would you support legislation to make marriage between a man and another man legal?
I'm Christian. The answer to that would be no.
You mentioned gas was $1.83 when Obama came into office; now it's almost $4 a gallon. What does that mean for Megadeth?
It means the same thing that's happened to all of our grandparents with their Social Security being taken away. It means the same thing for all the homeowners who've had their houses ripped out from under them with all these robo-mortgages. America is being emasculated. I think as long as George Soros is going to be President Obama's main mentor, we need to get ready to start wearing red.
Do you have a mortgage on your house?
Yeah, I do.
Are you going to try to refinance to a lower interest rate?
Well, if it's lower than what my interest rate is now, possibly, but I have a jumbo loan because I have a big house.
Would you ever consider playing bass with Metallica?
[Laughs] You're funny.