February 23rd, 2012
07:41 AM ET
3 years ago

Truth Squad: Santorum on the budget: Close enough for government work

Editor's note: Part of the CNN political fact-checking series

(CNN) - Rick Santorum pointed out the growth of government benefits compared to defense spending during Wednesday night's Republican candidates debate in Mesa, Arizona, hosted by CNN and the Republican Party of Arizona.

The statement: "When I was born, less than 10% of the federal budget was entitlement spending. It's now 60% of the budget. Some people suggest defense spending is the problem. When I was born, defense spending was 60% of the budget. It's now 17%. If you think defense spending is the problem, you need a remedial math class to go back to."

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  1. wgf

    So what ? The whole premise of the statement is that things were better the day Santorum was born and have gone down hill ever since, that caring for the elderly and the poor is a negative rather than a positive (interesting position for such a devout Christian), and that the baseline for our country's ideal is 1958.

    This is pretty much the GOP platform - let's go back in time to when I was a child because things were so much better, and not as scary, then - mainly because mommy and daddy were taking care of them.

    February 23, 2012 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    True, but still misleading. A better comparison would have been percentage of spending once the Medicare/Medicaid were put into place. Compairng percentages before they existed with after they existed says one thing loud and clear. Santorum wants to get rid of them, plain and simple.

    February 23, 2012 08:13 am at 8:13 am |