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Santorum: I ‘Was Basically Pro-Choice…Until I Ran For Congress’

By Alex Seitz-Wald

"Santorum: I ‘Was Basically Pro-Choice…Until I Ran For Congress’"

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While Rick Santorum is now known as a crusader against abortion and pornography, he wasn’t always so socially conservative. The Huffington Post reports today that in 1995 Santorum conceded that he “was basically pro-choice all my life, until I ran for Congress.” He said he changed his mind because he “sat down and read the literature. Scientific literature.” Other quotes from the era show that Santorum was once a politician “unwilling to dabble in the cultural conservative politics that now defines his presidential campaign, a review of old campaign documents and interviews shows.” Santorum himself has said more recently that he did not become involved in social issues until later in his career.

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