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Santorum on the Record

 

"I don't think it works. I think it's harmful to women, I think it's harmful to our society to have a society that says that sex outside of marriage is something that should be encouraged or tolerated, particularly among the young. I think it has, as we've seen, very harmful long-term consequences for society. So birth control to me enables that and I don't think it's a healthy thing for our country."

--Saying that birth control is harmful to women, society and our country.  CN8's "Nitebeat with Barry Nolan", July 28, 2005. Click here to watch the video.

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"The notion that college education is a cost-effective way to help poor, low-skill, unmarried mothers with high school diplomas or GEDs move up the economic ladder is just wrong."

--Arguing that poor, unwed mothers don't really need college educations.  It Takes a Family, Pg. 138, July 2005.

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"Many women have told me, and surveys have shown, that they find it easier, more “professionally” gratifying, and certainly more socially affirming, to work outside the home than to give up their careers to take care of their children.  Think about that for a moment…Here, we can thank the influence of radical feminism, one of the core philosophies of the village elders."

--Blaming "radical feminism" for making women want to work outside the home.  It Takes a Family, Pg. 95, July 2005.

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"But unlike abortion today, in most states even the slaveholder did not have the unlimited right to kill his slave." 

--Comparing a woman's right to choose to slavery.  It Takes a Family, Pg. 241, July 2005.

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"In far too many families with young children, both parents are working, when, if they really took an honest look at the budget, they might confess that both of them really don’t need to, or at least may not need to work as much as they do… And for some parents, the purported need to provide things for their children simply provides a convenient rationalization for pursuing a gratifying career outside the home."

--Questioning the needs and motives of families in which both parents work.  It Takes A Family, Pg. 94, July 2005.

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"It’s amazing that so many kids turn out to be fairly normal, considering the weird socialization they get in public schools." 

--On his belief that public schools are weird. It Takes a Family, Pg. 386, July 2005.

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"The elementary error of relativism becomes clear when we look at multiculturalism. Sometime in the 1980s, universities began to champion the importance of “diversity” as a central educational value."

--Saying the goal of diversity is wrong.  It Takes a Family, Pg. 406, July 2005.

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"I compared it to something that Adolf Hitler didn’t do, as opposed to something he did do. And that’s a big difference. It was an attempt to make a joke. You probably have learned this in your career, I’m still learning that you don’t make jokes using Hitler."

--Clarifying that, rather than just comparing Democrats to Hitler, he was actually saying that Democrats were doing something that even Hitler wouldn’t have had the audacity to do. And then saying that it was all just a silly joke anyway. “The Don Imus Show”, MSNBC, June 23, 2005.

Click here to watch the video.

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"I mean, imagine, the rule has been in place for 214 years that this is the way we confirm judges. Broken by the other side two years ago, and the audacity of some members to stand up and say, how dare you break this rule. It's the equivalent of Adolf Hitler in 1942, "I'm in Paris. How dare you invade me. How dare you bomb my city? It's mine."

--Comparing Senate Democrats to Adolf Hitler during the debate over filibustering judicial nominees, May 19, 2005.

Click here to watch the video.

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"We have a nice arrangement there. It works out well. Candidly, we just sort of work it out.

"Sometimes, a couple of my kids stay over there [with the niece and her husband]. We get to stay at grandma's house, and a couple of kids go over and stay with their cousin. To me, that's a family situation.

"I don't know what people's business that is, to be very honest with you. The fact is, I own a home, pay taxes, reside here, go to jury duty. To me, this is much ado about nothing.

"We usually stay at the in-laws. They raised 10 kids there, so they have plenty of room for us. They [niece and her husband] house sit for us; they watch the house."

--Commenting on questions about his status as a Pennsylvania Resident.
Santorum's Penn Hills house gets occupancy permit, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, November 24, 2004

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"Why do I owe them money for a bill they approved that was lawful? I don't owe them anything,"

--On why he doesn’t plan to reimburse the Penn Hills School District the $100,000 it spent on his children’s tuition while they were living in Virginia.

Senator denies owing district, Pittsburgh Tribune Review, November 24, 2004 

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"In this case, what we're talking about, basically, is priests who were having sexual relations with post-pubescent men. We're not talking about priests with 3-year-olds, or 5-year-olds. We're talking about a basic homosexual relationship. Which, again, according to the world view sense is a perfectly fine relationship as long as it's consensual between people. If you view the world that way, and you say that's fine, you would assume that you would see more of it."

--Regarding Catholic Priests who molested children.

Associated Press interview, April 2003.

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"And if the Supreme Court says that you have the right to consensual sex within your home, then you have the right to bigamy, you have the right to polygamy, you have the right to incest, you have the right to adultery. You have the right to anything. Does that undermine the fabric of our society? I would argue yes, it does. It all comes from, I would argue, this right to privacy that doesn't exist in my opinion in the United States Constitution, this right that was created, it was created in Griswold — Griswold was the contraceptive case — and abortion. And now we're just extending it out. And the further you extend it out, the more you — this freedom actually intervenes and affects the family."

--On his belief that there is no right to privacy in the U.S. Constitution. In the Griswold case, the U.S. Supreme Court found that married couples had the right to use birth control.

Associated Press interview, April 2003.

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"In every society, the definition of marriage has not ever to my knowledge included homosexuality. That's not to pick on homosexuality. It's not, you know, man on child, man on dog, or whatever the case may be." 

--On what homosexuality is not.

Associated Press interview, April 2003.

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“Marriage is not about affirming somebody’s love for somebody else. It’s about uniting together to be open to children, to further civilization in our society.”

--Showing his romantic side.
“Fox News Sunday”, Fox News Channel, August 3, 2003.

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"It is startling that those in the media and academia appear most disturbed by this aberrant behavior, since they have zealously promoted moral relativism by sanctioning "private" moral matters such as alternative lifestyles. Priests, like all of us, are affected by culture. When the culture is sick, every element in it becomes infected. While it is no excuse for this scandal, it is no surprise that Boston, a seat of academic, political and cultural liberalism in America, lies at the center of the storm."

--From Fishers of Men, an opinion piece about child molestation scandals involving Catholic Priests.

Catholic Online, July 12, 2002.