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Posted at 02:11 PM ET, 03/06/2012

Santorum harms the causes he cares about

Rick Santorum’s strength was supposed to be his empathy for working-class and middle-class voters and his ability to connect social and economic issues. Unfortunately, his effort is frequently obscured by over-the-top rhetoric and a harshness that is decidedly unbecoming.

Now Mother Jones has unearthed such utterances from his first Senate race, when he demonized single mothers: “We are seeing the fabric of this country fall apart, and it’s falling apart because of single moms.” And if that were not sufficiently hyperbolic, he proclaimed, “What we have is moms raising children in single-parent households simply breeding more criminals.”

He may be correct about the impact of broken homes and the absence of fathers in the lives of children. But his language is so extreme and unsympathetic, his message becomes obscured. Ironically, the candidate who cares deeply about family issues may be the worst possible messenger.

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