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Rick Santorum Denouces Use Of Term 'Middle Class' Despite Having Used It In The Past

First Posted: 01/07/2012 11:39 pm Updated: 01/08/2012 4:12 am

MANCHESTER, N.H. -- Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum came out against using the term "middle class" during Saturday night's New Hampshire debate, arguing that it echoed "the class warfare arguments of Barack Obama."

"The governor used the term earlier that I shrink from," said Santorum, taking a swing at former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. "It's one I don't think we should be using as Republicans. Middle class. There are no classes in America. We are a country that doesn't allow for titles. We don't put people in classes. Maybe middle-income people."

But it wasn't exactly the cleanest of charges to make. Santorum has used the term middle class on at least one occasion. His campaign has also used it, and the term is found easily on his website and in his campaign literature.

"It's simple and you can put it on a postcard, but it's a huge shift in the tax burden on to the middle class," he said to voters in South Carolina in late October, criticizing Texas Gov. Rick Perry's flat tax proposal.

His site also highlights a newspaper article called, "Santorum hopes to rebuild middle class":


Santorum's communications director Hogan Gidley has also said, "Rick Santorum stood on the stage tonight and emerged as a candidate ready to be commander in chief. Not just the Middle Class, not just Wall Street, but commander-in-chief for all Americans."

Further, a Santorum campaign flyer from the Iowa caucuses said, "Rick Santorum has called for significant tax rate cuts for middle-class Americans and will cut wasteful spending to pay for it."

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