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Rick Santorum Quotes & Unforgettable Moments (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

First Posted: 11/15/2011 12:23 pm   Updated: 11/15/2011 12:35 pm

Former Pennsylvania senator and GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum has been a consistent champion of ultra-conservative stances on both social and fiscal issues throughout his political career.

In his latest presidential campaign, Santorum, a favorite among social conservatives, has continued his penchant for raising eyebrows with his extreme views on same-sex marriage and abortion. In the past, he's been such an opponent to equal rights that gay rights advocate Dan Savage fought back by turning the presidential candidate's last name into a neologism for gay sex. (HuffPost's Jason Linkins has more on Santorum's famous "Google problem.")

Santorum announced his bid for the presidency in June of this year, declaring he's "in it to win it." However, he has consistently struggled to perform in polls and is running low on cash.

We've compiled the most unforgettable moments from Santorum's 2012 campaign thus far. Take a look:

Single Mothers Make A 'Democratic Advantage' 
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The political base of the Democratic Party is single mothers running households that "look to the government for help," Rick Santorum told a conservative radio show, suggesting that if the women were married it would reduce the "Democratic advantage." (Ironically, Santorum opposes abortion, contraception and sex education efforts.)

Santorum said we need to build two-parent families to eliminate the desire for government. The presidential candidate has suggested several times that the family unit is the foundation of this country, and that broken families contribute to the failing economy.

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