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Posted at 11:20 AM ET, 01/03/2012

Rick Santorum singles out black people at Iowa event


Republican presidential candidate former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA). (Scott Olson - GETTY IMAGES)
Rick Santorum was responding to a question Sunday about how he would get the country back on track, and he was telling a group of Iowans that President Obama wanted to make them more dependent on programs like Medicaid.

There was little or no reaction from an audience that appeared to be all, or overwhelmingly, white. And perhaps as a result, Santorum continued with this gem of scapegoating:

“I don’t want to make black peoples’ lives better by giving them somebody else’s money,” Mr. Santorum said. “I want to give them the opportunity to go out and earn the money and provide for themselves and for their families.”

Well isn’t that just dandy. Nothing like going to a state where blacks make up less than three percent of the population to make them responsible for the ills of the government.

Asked about it later, Santorum told Sean Hannity on Fox News: said: “I haven’t heard it; all I can say is that I don’t single out any group of people– that’s one thing I don’t do,” Santorum explained. “I don’t divide people by group and race and class.”

Except that you did. Scapegoating is your right, Mr. Santorum, but don’t deny what you said when there’s videotape.

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