Santorum blames 'abortion culture' for problems with Social Security
March 29th, 2011
08:42 PM ET
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Santorum blames 'abortion culture' for problems with Social Security

(CNN) - Potential 2012 presidential candidate Rick Santorum said the "abortion culture" in America is to blame for the failing Social Security system.

In an interview with WEZS Radio in Laconia, New Hampshire, Tuesday, the former Republican Pennsylvania senator said abortion rates are influencing the number of children born in the United States and there are therefore not enough children to support the program long-term.

"The Social Security system in my opinion is a flawed design, period. But having said that, the design would work a lot better if we had stable demographic trends," Santorum said. "A third of all the young people in America are not in America today because of abortion."

Santorum, an outspoken opponent of abortion, made the comments in response to a caller who said abortion rates are to blame for the problems with Social Security and Medicare.

"We have seven children so we're doing our part to fund the Social Security system," Santorum said. "I want children to be living in America and contributing. America's greatest resource is our people and we're denying America what it needs, which is more Americans."

Santorum was in New Hampshire, the first-in-the-nation primary state Tuesday to meet with voters and headline a GOP dinner in Concord.


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soundoff (330 Responses)
  1. charles

    Big government! Stop the government getting in peoples bed rooms.

    March 30, 2011 07:34 am at 7:34 am |
  2. Jane

    That is about the lamest anti-abortion argument I ever heard. But then, it is Rick Santorum making the argument...

    March 30, 2011 07:35 am at 7:35 am |
  3. scott

    Just google "santorum" and you'll see what this scum is made of.

    March 30, 2011 07:35 am at 7:35 am |
  4. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    abortion rates are influencing the number of children born in the United States and there are therefore not enough children to support the program long-term.
    -------------------------------------------------–
    Huh?!
    Anybody else see a problem with this type of circular logic?
    Rethugs really think that the average American is Mississippi stupid. Based on the results of November 2010, can't say I blame them.

    March 30, 2011 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  5. Ross

    whew – santorum belongs in a sanitarium......... what a loony toon!

    March 30, 2011 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  6. Indy

    As long as the republicans main purpose is to destroy middle class,destroy education and attack any tax break for for families you will see that people are too scared to have children brought up in the new third world USA. Republicans are out there spreading enough fear and hate that most young families have no faith that they will ever be able to get healthcare for their children. The republicans do not promote a "family freindly" atmosphere and they attack everything that is middle class and will never instill hope for middle class or young families.If only the republicans had a brain they would see they are all about money first,families last,party first,country last.

    March 30, 2011 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  7. Max

    How can anyone elect or believe anything a Republican says after they ruined this country so much?

    March 30, 2011 07:40 am at 7:40 am |
  8. Joking, right?

    Who IS this clown? He's got SEVEN kids? Sounds like THAT is the problem moreso than the abortion issue. Now we have a system that must support your SEVEN kids? Maybe if he hadn't had any kids that would have been better for everyone!

    Who sits around and comes up with this crap? If he had his way, abortions would be illegal thereby increasing the number of potential pensioners that will have to be supported by a system that is already cash-strapped. How does his rationale make any sense?

    March 30, 2011 07:40 am at 7:40 am |
  9. Corey Gardner

    You have seriously got to be kidding, President of the U.S.? What in the world is the country comiing to! Boo!

    March 30, 2011 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
  10. Don

    The economy not doing well?
    Blame abortion

    Price of oil going up?
    Blame abortion

    Poll numbers looking bad?
    Blame abortion

    Life must be so simple in this one-dimensional mind. I can't imagine what he would do if confronted with real prpblems demanding real solutions.

    March 30, 2011 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
  11. GD Ikes

    Another politician who panders to his/her base. There are numerous studies literally over decades covering societies from nearly every Western nation that suggest the reason for couples having fewer children is primarily affluence. The facts aside, it is an insult to suggest abortion is the primary reason every Christian woman and man decides to have fewer children in order to give those they do have a better life. As a conservative Repu myself, Santorum owes the country an apology. I am embarrassed by gaffs by those wanting to run for the top of the ticket. As ridiculous as it sounds, it is politicians like this that gives the rest of us reason to look at Ron Paul.

    March 30, 2011 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
  12. LA, LA, LA

    Don't tell me if I can abort my baby or can't, Mr. Santorum. No, we don't need any more children. Abortion is legal in
    America. If you don't like it then don't make your wife have one, but I will be damn to have you tell me what to do with a pregnancy Social Security? I've heard it all, but now Social Security? You are NuTz!

    March 30, 2011 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
  13. annie s

    And if a third more children had been born in this country, would Mr. Santorum make himself responsible to feed, clothe and educate them?

    March 30, 2011 07:42 am at 7:42 am |
  14. JasonP

    LOL!! Wow, what messed up logic. Yeah the problem with social security is too little population... because God knows all those potential babies and their inability to find work is going to add tons to our coffers. What an absolute moron.

    March 30, 2011 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  15. veggolove

    You are doing you're part to contribute to the over population of the world. Thanks.

    March 30, 2011 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  16. carol

    Doesn't this guy terrify anyone but me? Is he aware that abortion isn't supposed to be a method of birth control and that babies that are aborted are not necessarily going to grow up to pay his bills? In fact, the murder rate dropped substantially seventeen years after Roe v Wade because unwanted, unloved children were no longer growing up to commit horrible crimes. We can just let the nice, hardworking Hispanics stay here legally and they will take care of the increase in population he thinks we need.

    March 30, 2011 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  17. rusty155

    The problems with Social security Is that the Republican borrow from money out of the Social Security fund and never pay It back.I'm taking Billions of dollar, I just want to know when you Republican will quit lying and tell the truth. That all Republican do Is spread hate and are Racist and LIE.

    March 30, 2011 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  18. Robert

    You have got to be kidding. The reason is a government that built a retirement system that is built on a house of cards. In addition with the high cost of education and healthcare in this country people can no longer afford large families nor can the world's resources support them any longer. I don't mind the use of Catholic values in a debate but at least come up with an excuse that is not a bald faced lie.

    March 30, 2011 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  19. Carol E Mehler

    So everyone should have lots of children to support social security. Sounds more like something Palin or Bachman would say. Add another idiot to the pile!

    March 30, 2011 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  20. big~tuna

    These republican wack jobs are nothing if not entertaining.

    March 30, 2011 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  21. willie floyd

    Is he serious??? Rather extreme method of attempting to force the abortion issue down the throats of pro-choicers!

    March 30, 2011 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
  22. Josh

    Really Santorum, a third of young people don't exist because of abortion? If it were true, which it isn't, that would be several million people. Are you really implying that millions of abortions happened roughly 18-24 years ago? Back in reality, that demographic isn't paying into SS because more of them are in college than previous generations, and they are either working less (part-time) than expected or not working at all.

    March 30, 2011 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
  23. santorumzagenius

    Just when I thought the Republican Party couldn't offer up anyone crazier that Michelle Bachmann, this comes along. I think the solution to social security is to immediately get going with the Obamacare death panels. Trim the herd.

    March 30, 2011 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
  24. SNAPPA

    What a sick, sick man.

    March 30, 2011 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  25. David

    Pennsylvanians discovered what right-wing religious zealot extremist Santorum is and decisively voted him out of office! Santorum is simply absurd.

    March 30, 2011 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
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