Rick Santorum blamed his lack of charitable donations on his disabled child – even before she was born

Rick Santorum was on Fox News Sunday this morning with Chris Wallace. Chris Wallace questioned Rick Santorum on his lack of donations to charity:

On Fox News Sunday this morning, Chris Wallace challenged Rick Santorum on why he’s given such a small percentage of his salary to charity (1.76 percent) compared to Mitt Romney (13.8 percent) and President Obama (14.2 percent). Santorum explained that he was unable to give because the costs of caring for his daughter Bella — who has a severe genetic disorder — were so high because they are not covered by his insurance:

SANTORUM: Well, we always need to do better. I was in a situation where we have seven children and one disabled child who we take care of, and she’s very, very expensive. We love her and we cherish the opportunity to take care of her, but it’s an additional expense. We have to have around-the-clock care for her, and our insurance company doesn’t cover it so I have to cover it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=-vFluzpsdmE

Rick Santorum asks Chris Wallace to look back to previous years before the birth of his disabled daughter and examine his charitable donations from then. It seems that Chris Wallace had already examined his previous donations. Chris Wallace claimed to have examined Rick Santorum’s tax returns as far back as 2007 an in every case it was around 2 percent. Rick Santorum counters by saying that there were some cases it was as high as 3 or 4 percent and again focusing on his disabled daughter Bella (who had yet to be born).

 

Rick Santorum should just be honest and admit that he’s not a charitable person.

 

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