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Santorum Slams Men Having Kids With Multiple Women as 'Sexual Predators'

By    |   Wednesday, 13 May 2015 06:41 PM

Former Sen. Rick Santorum told social conservatives in New Hampshire that men who fathered children with multiple women are "sexual predators" — and cited statistics from a Harvard University professor's book to reinforce his position.

Santorum, 57, who is considering a run for the 2016 Republican nomination, referenced the data in a speech Tuesday to the Cornerstone Action group in Manchester. He quoted from "Our Kids" by Robert Putnam.

The remarks of the senator, who served Pennsylvania from 1995 to 2007, were first reported by BuzzFeed.

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

"So they are born to cohabiting couples. So the majority of children born out of wedlock are born to cohabiting couples," he added.

"And what does Putnam say about these? They stuck to them longitudinally, they never get married. Let me use that term, never, like 1 or 2 percent ever get married.

"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 posed. "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.

"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," Santorum said.

"We have created predators, sexual predators particularly where, again, Putnam — low-income America."

However, Putnam told BuzzFeed that Santorum appeared to be using data that was not from his book at times — and, at others, employing it "a little bit selectively" to emphasize his point.

Putnam said he could not find the 80 percent figure in his work, acknowledging that it could be true.

"I certainly don’t, for sure, use the term 'sexual predators,"" he told BuzzFeed.

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