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When Rick Santorum's Kids Came Under Political Fire

It's almost forgotten now, but the education of the children of Rick Santorum became a major campaign issue in his failed 2006 re-election bid for the Senate. Santorum's children, while residing in Virginia, from 2001 and 2004, attended a Pennsylvania cyber charter school, which left taxpayers with a bill in excess of $100,000 dollars. Santorum, who campaigned heavily in his first congressional race against his opponent living in Virginia, was accused of hypocrisy. Santorum responded to attacks by releasing a ad, featuring his children, entitled "Important Job," to defend himself. Santorum made the case that since he paid taxes to Pennsylvania, his children were entitled to services there.

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"The woman who complained about me, I wonder why that is. It's just a curious bias of the media right now. It's wonderful, one person says something negative and the media rushes and covers it. Wonderful balanced media that I love in this community."

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Rick Santorum's 2006 ad "Important Job."

Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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