Sunday, October 26, 2014
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What Santorum Meant to Say

Santorum's comment about not wanting to give black people money to make their lives better was, he says, not really what he meant to say.

What Santorum Meant to Say

That Santorum sure can dance.

Take his CBS News-recorded comments at a campaign stop in Iowa Sunday, including a word that he now says he didn't say.

Speaking to an all-white audience in a nearly all-white state, Santorum suggested that  Democrats use social programs to make people dependent on them so "they can get your vote."

Then he added, "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 an earn the money."

On the surface, it might seem the former senator was following what so often seems to be all-white, right-wing thinking that the only people on welfare are black.

But, oh no. He tells Fox News news, "I didn't say that...if you look at it, what I started to say is a word and then sort of changed and it sort of, blah, came out. And people said I said `black.' I didn't."

He also told CNN, "I looked at the video...I've looked at it several times. I was starting to say one word and I sort of came up with a different word and moved on. And it, and it sounded like `black.'

It sure did.

And you can watch the video here.

But let's give him the benefit of the doubt. Maybe he meant to say "blah" people. Or "blog" people. Nobody wants to give "blah" or "blog" people money. Who can fault him?

Unless, of course, he said "black." Or unless he started to say "black" and somewhere in the back of his facile mind he caught himself and tried hard to stop his tongue in progress.

Either way, he did a nice two-step after the "black," I mean after the fact.

Grrrr.

 

 

 

 

John Baer Daily News Political Columnist
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