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Santorum: Obama undermining the ‘traditional family’

By Jonathan Terbush
Tuesday, August 28, 2012 22:53 EDT
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Rick Santorum in his speech to the Republican National Convention
 
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Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum stuck to the theme of his erstwhile presidential bid during his speech at the Republican convention Tuesday, promoting conservative family values and declaring that Obama was damaging the country by, “undermin[ing] the traditional family.”

“The fact is that marriage is disappearing in places where government dependency is highest,” Santorum said. “Most single mothers do heroic work and an amazing job raising their children, but if America is going to succeed, we must stop the assault on marriage and the family.”

Santorum also assailed Obama for, he said, gutting welfare laws and eliminating work requirements from the program. That attack has been thoroughly debunked by multiple fact-checkers, though it remains in heavy rotation as a GOP talking point. Still, Santorum claimed, Obama had changed the law unilaterally because he believed he was, “above the law,” and in doing so had weakened America.

Moving from this, Santorum then talked at length, and somewhat discursively, about hands. All sorts of hands.

“I held its hand,” Santorum said of the American Dream. “I shook the hand of the American Dream. And it has a strong grip.”

He then riffed through a list of many types of hands he’d seen across America—farmers’ hands, soldiers’ hands—ending with the hands of his daughter, Bella, who suffers from Trisomy 18, a debilitating and sometimes fatal genetic disorder. Pivoting to abortion, he implied that were it up to Democrats, his daughter would probably have been deemed unfit to live.

“I thank God that America still has one party that reaches out their hands in love to lift up all of God’s children—born and unborn—and says that each of us has dignity and all of us have the right to live the American Dream,” he said.

Watch his full speech below:

Jonathan Terbush
Jonathan Terbush
Jon Terbush is a Boston-based writer whose work has appeared in Talking Points Memo, Business Insider, the New Haven Register, and elsewhere. He tweets about politics, cats, and baseball via @jonterbush.
 
 
 
 
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