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Republican Presidential candidate Rick Santorum is resurrecting an old, racist theme on the campaign trail, trying to link food stamps with minorities and suggesting only black people receive welfare benefits in America.
On Saturday, Santorum said:
Talk to minority communities, not about giving them food stamps and government dependency but about creating jobs so that they can participate in the rise of this country.
Sound familiar? It should. Santorum used the same theme in January but instead of saying “minorities,” he referred to “black people,” then backtracked and said he was “misheard.”
“Santorum knows racially-tinged remarks play well with some parts of the Republican base,” a top GOP strategist admitted to Capitol Hill Blue on Saturday. “It’s unfortunate but true.”
Santorum, like former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, frequently refers to minorities as part of a “welfare state” and often suggests that non-whites are the only ones who benefit from social services and food stamps.