"Most people agree a continuation of the current [welfare] system will be the ruination of this country," Santorum told a town meeting in Clairton, Pa., in February 1994, according to transcripts of the appearance obtained by Mother Jones. "We are seeing it. We are seeing the fabric of this country fall apart, and it's falling apart because of single moms."
He went on to say, "What we have is moms raising children in single-parent households simply breeding more criminals." What these criminal-breeding single blights upon society needed, he said, were politicians unafraid of "kicking them in the butt."