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Black Woman Confronts Santorum Over Comments: ‘Why Do You Have A Problem Against Black People?’

By Alex Seitz-Wald  

"Black Woman Confronts Santorum Over Comments: ‘Why Do You Have A Problem Against Black People?’"

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Woman (right) confronts Santorum

HOLLIS, New Hampshire — At a campaign event outside a pharmacy here Saturday afternoon, an African-American woman confronted Rick Santorum over recent comments he made that the NAACP and others have called racially insensitive.

While speaking about welfare reform last week, Santorum was quoted as saying, “I don’t want to make black people’s lives better by giving them somebody else’s money.” The candidate now denies that he said “black,” claiming instead that he said “blah.”

At the campaign stop Saturday, the woman — who slipped away from the event before ThinkProgress was able to get her name — asked, “Why do you have a problem against black people?”

WOMAN: Mr. Santorum, why do you have a problem against black people? We are the only ones who need aid? The statistics show that it’s not the popularity [sic] that’s the most needy.

SANTORUM: I didn’t say that. I understand that.

WOMAN: OK, then why’d you say that?

SANTORUM: OK, we gotta go. I didn’t say that.

See a photo of the exchange with an audio recording of it:

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