"Just about everything else in the world he's willing to have the government do, but he can't answer that basic question, which is not a debatable issue at all," Santorum said in a recent interview with the Christian News Service.
"The question is -- and this is what Barack Obama didn't want to answer -- 'Is that human life a person under the Constitution?' And Barack Obama says no. Well, if that human life is not a person, then -- I find it almost remarkable for a black man to say, 'No, we're going to decide who are people and who are not people.'"
Here is footage of Santorum's comment:
Santorum is no stranger to controversial gaffes and controversy. Surge Desk rounded up five of the most notable episodes from the former lawmaker's career.
1. "Man on dog"
Possibly Santorum's most infamous faux pas, which he made during an April 2003 interview with The Associated Press. The then senator had the following response -- which generated widespread criticism -- when asked if homosexuals should engage in homosexual acts:
"Every society in the history of man has upheld the institution of marriage as a bond between a man and a woman. Why? Because society is based on one thing: that society is based on the future of the society. And that's what? Children. Monogamous relationships. In every society, the definition of marriage has not ever to my knowledge included homosexuality. That's not to pick on homosexuality. It's not, you know, man on child, man on dog, or whatever the case may be. It is one thing.
2. The Democrats, filibuster politics and Adolf Hitler
In 2005, Santorum angered the Anti-Defamation League because of his comments equating the Democrats' filibuster opposition to judicial nominees to "Adolf Hitler in 1942." He later apologized for his remarks, explaining that he intended to "dramatize the principle of an argument, not to characterize my Democratic colleagues."
3. Targeting Bean Town
Santorum caught some flack for a 2002 article in which he wrote that it was "no surprise that Boston, a seat of academic, political and cultural liberalism in America," found itself suffering from a series of sexual abuse scandals in the Catholic Church.
4. Resurrecting the Obama flag pin issue
Although it's hardly comparable to "man on dog."
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