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Rick Santorum Sought To Downplay Book’s Most Controversial Elements In 2006 Campaign

Republican Presidential candidate Rick Santorum is not one to back down from the controversial things he’s said in his career. But in 2006 campaign the former Senators website featured a section “I heard around the water cooler,” which sought to quell the firestorm surrounding his 2005 book It Takes a Family. Whether it was comparing abortion to slavery, saying unwed mothers shouldn’t go to college, or saying diversity was bad, the document shows another Santorum attempt to relate to voters and play down his partisan image in 2006.

1. I heard Rick Santorum compared abortion to slavery.

2. I heard Rick Santorum thinks public schools are weird.

3. I heard Rick Santorum doesn’t like diversity.

4. I heard Rick Santorum thinks unwed mothers shouldn’t get a college degree.

5. I heard Rick Santorum thinks women shouldn’t be in the workplace.

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Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
Contact Andrew Kaczynski at andrew.kaczynski@buzzfeed.com
 
 
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