No Rick Santorum Did Not Say He Doesn’t Want to Make Black People’s Lives Better

Nothing like a little faux controversy on the day of the Iowa caucuses. CBS News decided to put words in Rick Santorum’s mouth and report that he injected race into a discussion about the welfare state President Obama and the Democrats have been expanding. This is what they reported.

While campaigning in Sioux City, Iowa Sunday, GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum said if elected he plans to cut regulations and entitlements and he doesn’t want to “make black people’s lives better by giving them somebody else’s money.”

Too bad that’s not what he said, as Tommy Christopher explained.

CBS News has posted a cleaner version of Santorum’s remarks, and it seems as though Santorum did not actually say “black people’s lives,” but rather, that he stumbled in mid-sentence with a verbal tic that sounded like that.

“I don’t want to make…mmbligh…people’s lives better” is what it sounds like to me, although CBS News also transcribes it as “”make black people’s lives better by giving them somebody else’s money.”

Given the preceding context, in which he talks about the government trying to get more Iowans enrolled in Medicaid, the former explanation makes much more sense than the latter.

The Santorum campaign has still not returned our request for comment.

Here’s the CBS clip. The viewer can judge, but even as an LGBT-friendly liberal, I’m inclined to give Santorum the benefit of the doubt here:

Watch and listen for yourself.