Santorum: "The Biggest Problem With Poverty In America ... Is The Breakdown Of The American Family"

October 11, 2011 10:22 pm ET

From the October 11, 2011, Bloomberg/Washington Post GOP primary debate:

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RICK SANTORUM: The biggest problem with poverty in America — and we don't talk about here because it's an economic discussion — and that is the breakdown of the American family. You want to look at the poverty rate among families that have two — have a husband and wife working in them, it's 5 percent today. A family that's headed by one person, it's 30 percent today. We need to do something. We need to talk about economics, the home. The word home in Greek is the basis of the word economy. It is the foundation of our country. We need to have a policy that supports families, that encourages marriage, that has fathers take responsibility for their children. You can't have limited government, you can't have a wealthy society, if the family breaks down that basic unit of society, and that needs to be included in this economic discussion.


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