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Santorum Denies Racial Remarks, Says One Word Was Misunderstood

By Newsmax Wires   |   Thursday, 05 Jan 2012 10:19 AM

CBS News caused a stir when it reported Monday that Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum made racially tinged remarks at an Iowa campaign stop Sunday. But the former Pennsylvania senator told Fox News Wednesday night that his comments were misheard, The Hill reported.

According to CBS, Santorum said, "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 and earn the money."

Santorum, who finished just eight votes behind Mitt Romney in the Iowa caucuses Tuesday, told Fox, “I looked at that, and 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."

Further, he said, “I can tell you, first off, I don't use the term ‘black’ very often. I use the term ‘African-American’ more than I use ‘black.’ ... I think sometimes you want to give someone the benefit of the doubt if it's a little bit of a blurred word."

The former senator also expressed optimism about his chances in Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary, The Hill reported. “We're going to have resources. We're going to be a much bigger player than I think everybody anticipates right now," he said.


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