Rick Santorum Denies Ever Making ‘Black People’ Remark’ (VIDEO)

Today in an interview with John King of CNN Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum denied stereotyping “black people” as welfare recipients in an earlier speech in Iowa. Santorum claims that he never uttered the words “black people” when referring to welfare recipients, but instead accidentally muddled together two different words. The problem for Santorum is that there is video evidence that he did, in fact, single out blacks as receiving welfare in remarks before a mostly-white audience in Sioux City, Iowa yesterday. A video of Santorum’s remarks in Sioux City can be seen to the left.

Rick Santorum denies ever saying ‘black people’ take welfare (Video)

Former Sen. Rick Santorum


Today in an interview with John King of CNN Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum denied stereotyping “black people” as welfare recipients in an earlier speech in Iowa.  Santorum claims that he never uttered the words “black people” when referring to welfare recipients, but instead accidentally muddled together two different words.  The problem for Santorum is that there is video evidence that he did, in fact, single out blacks as receiving welfare in remarks before a mostly-white audience in Sioux City, Iowa yesterday.  A video of Santorum’s remarks in Sioux City can be seen to the left.

Think Progress was the first to report on Santorum’s remarks yesterday.   In the video Santorum appears to say,

“I don’t want to make black peoples’ live better by giving them somebody else’s money.  I want to give them an opportunity to go out and earn the money.  And the best way to do that is to get the manufacturing sector of the economy rolling.”

Today Santorum denied even uttering the word “black people” in his interview with John King of CNN,

“I’ve looked at that quote.  In fact, I looked at the video.  I don’t, in fact, I’m pretty confident I didn’t say black.  What I think…I started to say a word and sort of blew it, sort of mumbled it and changed my thought.  But I don’t, I don’t recall saying black.”  Santorum continued,  “I think it was from everything I see, and I’ve looked at it several times, I was starting to say one word and I sort of came up with a different word and moved on and it sounded like black.”

It is unclear what Santorum meant to say if he was not saying “black people” in the video. Santorum also claimed that no reporters heard him utter the word "black people."  However, as mentioned above, Think Progress and numerous other outlets picked up on the story just hours after the speech.

Yesterday Santorum also gave a much different explanation when questioned on his remarks.  In an interview CBS News Santorum cited the movie Waiting for Superman to justify his quote, and never denied saying “black people.”  Waiting for Superman is a documentary about the achievement gap, or different levels in achievement between minorities and whites, in the educational system.