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9 Santorum Speeches That Make Me Want to Throw Up

The thought of living under a neo-theocracy makes me kind of queasy.

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During the same campaign trip, Santorum lashed out at African American women during a visit to a right-wing "crisis pregnancy center." As reported by GoUpstate:

He talked in part about what he said was the high rate of abortion among black women: "The most dangerous place for an African-American in this country is in the womb." He likened abortion to slavery, saying that Roe v. Wade treated unborn children as property, without rights -- just as black people had been defined years before under slavery.

2. Black People Take Your Money; Sioux City, Iowa (Jan. 1, 2012). At a campaign stop two days before the Iowa caucuses, Santorum stood before a nearly all-white crowd, telling them:

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. And the best way to do that is to get the manufacturing sector of the economy rolling again.

Three days later, Santorum denied that he said "black people," but had instead stumbled in his speech, using the syllable "blah" before the word "people." You can view the video here.

3. Education = Snobbery, Food Stamps = 'Minorities'; Troy, Mich. (Feb. 25, 2012). Addressing a crowd of activists for Americans for Prosperity, the Tea Party-allied organization founded by David Koch, Santorum derided the notion of making college available to all by calling Obama "a snob" -- a remark that drew cheers from the audience. College, after all, was basically a left-wing plot, Santorum seemed to say. 

In the same speech, the former senator reprised his suggestion that recipients of food stamps and other safety-net aid are non-whites. CBS News has the video; the following transcript is mine:

...and I know what it means to have those manufacturing jobs at that entry level that get you in there. It gives you the opportunity to accumulate more skills over time and rise, so you can provide a better standard of living for your family. Those opportunities for working men and women. Not all folks are gifted in the same way. Some folks have incredible gifts with their hands. Some people have incredible gifts [unintelligible ] use it and want to work out there making things.

President Obama once said he wants everybody in America to go to college. What a snob! There are good, decent men and women who go out and work hard every day and put their skills to tests that aren't taught by some liberal college professor to try to indoctrinate them. Oh, I understand why he wants you to go to college: to remake you in his image. I want to create jobs so that people can remake their children into their image, not his.

Then this, from the CBS News report:

Santorum said he planned to "talk to minority communities, not about giving them food stamps and government dependency, but about creating jobs that they can participate in and rise in society."

You can view the whole speech  here, but you may want to have a pail at the ready.

4. The Would-Be Theologian-in-Chief; Columbus, Ohio (Feb. 18, 2012). Talking to supporters at a rally in Ohio, Santorum suggested that the whole of the Obama agenda is based on "a phony theology." As reported in the New York Times:

"It's about some phony ideal, some phony theology. Oh, not a theology based on the Bible, a different theology," he said. "But no less a theology."