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. DAW, NC

    Where does this guy come from 1/3 of potential births have been aborted, get real, this is the usually scare tactic, make up numbers repeat them enough so certain people report them (Faux News) and offer a problem where none exists but blame someone for that problem. go back to Pennsylvania and climb under wherever you were before.

    March 30, 2011 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  2. Yolanda

    Help me out here, please. Santorum's answer to this crisis is that everyone should have more children? Wow, what a deep thinker....with his little head leading the way.

    March 30, 2011 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  3. Romas

    What a moron. end of comment.

    March 30, 2011 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  4. Bill

    I'm not in favor of abortion but this seems to me like quite a "stretch".

    March 30, 2011 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  5. zeb

    Ah! Now I get it! Let's all have more children. Wait, we could just fix the immigration mess and get those folks to pay taxes. I wonder why we don't require Emotional Intelligence testing for all elected officials!

    March 30, 2011 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
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