Santorum: Term "middle class" is "Marxism talk"

“Since when in America do we have classes?”

Published August 16, 2013 7:56PM (EDT)

Former presidential candidate and social conservative Rick Santorum argued that the term "middle class" is "Marxism talk" because, “Since when in America do we have classes?”

"Who does Barack talk about all the time?" Santorum asked a group of Republicans recently in Lyon County, Iowa. "The middle class. Since when in America do we have classes? Since when in America are people stuck in areas, or defined places called a class? That's Marxism talk. When Republicans get up and talk about middle class we're buying into their rhetoric of dividing America. Stop it."

As Right Wing Watch points out, Santorum has often used the term "middle class" in the past.

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By Jillian Rayfield

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