No apologies from Santorum over abortion remark

Santorum said the point he was trying to make "was that the 14th Amendment was passed to make sure that blacks in America were protected by the Constitution, were considered people, because tragically, horribly, for 100 years or more in this country, they weren't."  

The former senator said he was simply echoing an argument that has been made by the pro-life movement for decades. 

"I've heard it from Bill Buckley and heard it from Ronald Reagan, actually heard it from Jesse Jackson back in the 1970s when he was pro-life," Santorum said. "He used to make this argument all the time that when you treat a child, a child in the womb as property, it's the equivalent of what happened during the first part of this country, when we had this huge scar on us that we did not treat blacks as people."

A staunch social conservative, Santorum has found himself in hot water before over remarks on homosexuality and after invoking Hitler during a debate over the filibustering of judicial nominees in the Senate.

But with Santorum now exploring a presidential bid ahead of 2012, his recent comments could prove much more damaging. 

The former senator has already made a host of trips to both Iowa and New Hampshire and has two staffers on the ground in the Granite State.  

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