Rick Santorum Says He's Done More For African Americans 'Than Any Republican In Recent Memory'

rick santorum blacks Rick Santorum Says He's Done More For African Americans 'Than Any Republican In Recent Memory'

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At a campaign stop this afternoon in Derry, New Hampshire, a reporter asked Rick Santorum about an event eight days ago where he was quoted singling out blacks as recipients of federal welfare benefits. In New Hampshire today, Mr. Santorum denied making the remark and said he has a proven record of standing up for the African American community.

“I didn’t say the word ‘black,’ I got my tongue tied,” Mr. Santorum said. “I’ve done more in–done more in working in the African American community as a Republican than any Republican in recent memory.”

Mr. Santorum was quoted in Sioux City January 1 describing the debate over welfare as an issue in “black people’s lives.”

“I don’t want to make black people’s lives better by giving them somebody else’s money, I want to give them the opportunity to go out and earn the money, and provide for themselves and their families,” Mr. Santorum supposedly said.

Mr. Santorum has previously claimed the controversial quote was the result of a verbal stumble.

“I’ve looked at that quote, in fact I looked at the video and I don’t–in fact, I’m pretty confident I didn’t say ‘black.’ What I think, I started to say a word and sort of  bl–sort of mumbled it and changed my thought. But I don’t recall saying ‘black,’” Mr. Santorum said in a CNN interview last week.

In New Hampshire today, in addition to blaming the event on having his tongue tied, Mr. Santorum chastised the media for focusing on the story.

“You guys are making this–look at my track record. Look at what I’ve done for opportunity and helping people. Look at my record of employment. Look at my record of working in the community,” Mr. Santorum said to the assembled reporters. “You guys, it’s  just–it’s really sad that you keep bringing this up.”

Watch video of Mr. Santorum’s alleged misquote below.

Comments

  1. Adam Moreira says:

    But what other word could sound like “black” and make sense? I think that Santorum should have not entered with race-based politics; we need to move past that.