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Santorum Stumbles on Contraception

February 22, 2012

Rick Santorum took an easy question about contraception that he must have expected and then ran with it--right into a wall.

John King of CNN, the debate moderator in Arizona, asked about an issue that Santorum has taken a hard line on: "If elected you will talk about, quote, what no president has talked about before -- the dangers of contraception. Why?"  King asked. Santorum responded by reeling off putative data that argued precisely for ... contraception, and government support of it.

He spoke about "the increasing  number of children being born out of wedlock in America, teens who are sexually active. ... The bottom line is we have a problem in this country, and the family is fracturing. Over 40 percent of children born in America are born out of wedlock. How can a country survive if children are being raised in homes where it's so much harder to succeed economically? It's five times the rate of poverty in single-parent households than it is in two-parent homes."

Then Santorum segued into an argument for cutting funding to Planned Parenthood. Very little of it added up. Except perhaps that in Santorum's mind, he was making an argument about fundamentally changing the culture in America, dictating from Washington how people are to have children and with whom, and certainly in wedlock.

To wit, Santorum again: "There are bigger problems at stake in America. And someone has got to go out there -- I will -- and talk about the things. And you know what, here's the difference. The left gets all upset, oh, look at him talking about these things. Here's the difference between me and the left, and they don't get this. Just because I'm talking about it doesn't mean I want a government program to fix it. That's what they do. That's not what we do."

So what is it he would do? He's running for president, not pope. It was an altogether confusing answer.

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