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  1. Santorum’s 5 Biggest Campaign Blunders

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    Republican candidate Rick Santorum has dropped out of the race for his party’s nomination, vowing to continue to fight for the values of socially conservative Americans.

    To mark the end of Santorum’s campaign, we look back over some of the gaffe-prone candidate’s more controversial remarks:

    1) In a moment that almost buried his campaign, Santorum sparked international outrage when he bit his tongue, apparently on the verge of calling Barack Obama an ‘N-word’ at an address in Janesville, Wisconsin. Santorum’s campaign denied that he had almost uttered a racial slur, but the incident set off an internet storm that sullied his reputation as a wholesome, family man.

    2) In a faux-pas worthy of his Republican presidential forebear, Santorum boasted: ‘I don’t care what the unemployment rate’s going to be – it doesn’t matter to me’. He later attempted to defuse the situation by appealing for a ‘do-over’.

    3) In another racially incendiary soundbite, Santorum appears to tell an audience in Sioux City, Iowa, that he didn’t ‘want to make black people’s lives better by giving them somebody else’s money’. He tried to explain away the blunder by claiming ‘what I started to say was a word, and then it sort of changed, and ‘blah’ came out. And people said I said ‘black and I didn’t’.

    4) In Spartanburg, South Carolina, the former Senator accused the gay community of waging a ‘jihad against Rick Santorum’. The slip came after an influential gay columnist, Dan Savage, launched a campaign to associate the word ‘Santorum’ with a vulgar sex act.

    5) The candidate further enraged liberal viewers by declaring in an interview that birth control is ‘harmful to women’. He added that it was ‘harmful to our society, to have a society that says that sex outside of marriage is something that should be encouraged or tolerated’.

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Thanks to the excellent standard of medical care Santorum’s daughter receives and the substantial support she enjoys, she’s beaten the odds for people with her condition. Unfortunately, not everyone in the US can access the same level of care. Oddly, Santorum is one of the politicians involved in opposing reforms intended to expand access to health care, thus making a significant difference for people living with genetic disorders. This contradicts his stance taken in public speeches, where he claims he wants people to see the dignity in “her and every other child” and fight for the needs of families with disabled children. It’s obvious that Santorum and his family love Isabella very much and are deeply committed to her wellbeing. Whether that love translates into true dignity and inclusion for all people with disabilities is debatable.
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Photograph: Charlie Riedel/AP

    Thanks to the excellent standard of medical care Santorum’s daughter receives and the substantial support she enjoys, she’s beaten the odds for people with her condition. Unfortunately, not everyone in the US can access the same level of care. Oddly, Santorum is one of the politicians involved in opposing reforms intended to expand access to health care, thus making a significant difference for people living with genetic disorders. This contradicts his stance taken in public speeches, where he claims he wants people to see the dignity in “her and every other child” and fight for the needs of families with disabled children. It’s obvious that Santorum and his family love Isabella very much and are deeply committed to her wellbeing. Whether that love translates into true dignity and inclusion for all people with disabilities is debatable.

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    Photograph: Charlie Riedel/AP

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    The three minutes in question are a clip from Morgan’s interview with Santorum on the former’s CNN talk show. In it, Santorum declares that even if his own daughter were raped – a hypothetical scenario both men manage to discuss with remarkable calm – the Roman Catholic presidential candidate would maintain his adamantly pro-life position regarding abortion.

    I sincerely feel a tiny, grudging mote of respect for that degree of consistency. As anti-choice zealots go, those who will take the “baby killer” argument to its extreme appeal to me slightly more than those who can say with a straight face that abortion is murder, except when the woman didn’t want to have sex.

    Kate Harding on Rick Santorum’s “pregnancy through rape is God’s gift” line

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