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Harvard Prof. Apologizes for 'Carelessly' Misquoting Rick Santorum

By    |   Tuesday, 19 May 2015 06:16 PM

Harvard University professor Robert Putnam has apologized to former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum for misquoting the Republican as saying "all black men are sexual predators."
 
Putnam wrote on Twitter Tuesday:
The apology comes after Putnam said that Santorum misunderstood a book he authored during a speech, in which he misquoted the Pennsylvania senator as saying that "all black men are sexual predators," BuzzFeed reported.

Santorum had cited Putnam's book "Our Kids" during a speech he gave in New Hampshire to the conservative organization Cornerstone.

"Another new statistic just came out in his book. A majority of children being born out of wedlock today in America are born in families where the father is in the home. But they’re not married," said Santorum.

"So they are born to cohabiting couples. So the majority of children born out of wedlock are born to cohabiting couples. And what does Putnam say about these? They stuck to them longitudinally, they never get married. Let me use that term, never, like one or two percent ever get married," he explained.

"And he compared it when he was growing up in the 1950s and when children were conceived out of wedlock, what happened in the 1950s," Santorum said.

"We all know what happened in the 1950s and here is the amazing thing, this is Putnam saying this, 80 plus percent of these marriages succeeded. And children were raised in stable homes," he added.

"Now these fathers leave the home and not just father children with that particular women, they father a child with another women, and another and another. We have created predators, sexual predators particularly where, again, Putnam — low income America."

During a speech last week, Putnam said that Santorum misunderstood him.

"There is a presidential candidate, who yesterday quoted me ... as saying all black men are sexual predators. I’m not going to say who it is but what I’m trying to say is, he’s a conservative and he took what I was saying and sort of so misinterpreted it that it’s nothing like — it’s just isn’t even in the universe of what I said," the Harvard professor said.

Putnam told BuzzFeed previously that he thought Santorum was using the data in his book "a little bit selectively" to make his point.

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Harvard University professor Robert Putnam has apologized to former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum for misquoting the Republican as saying "all black men are sexual predators."
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