Statements about Poverty

"97 percent of the 100 poorest counties in America are in red states."

The number of jobs created and people lifted out of poverty during Bill Clinton’s presidency was "a hundred times" what it was under President Ronald Reagan.

"For every one job created under the Obama administration, 75 people went on food stamps."

If you work 40 hours a week at the proposed minimum wage of $10.10 an hour, "you get out of poverty."

The percentage of black children born without a father in the home has risen from 7 percent in 1964 to 73 percent today, due to changes from President Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society.

"Over the past three years, ‘deep poverty’ has reached its highest level on record."

"If you have a job in this country, (there's a) 97 percent chance that you're not going to be in poverty."

"Unemployment insurance kept more than 620,000 children out of poverty in 2012."

Marriage "decreases the probability of child poverty by 82 percent."

"About 2 percent of Americans get paid the minimum wage."

"On (the federal minimum wage of) $7.75, you can’t even make half the poverty level."

"Why didn't (uninsured Americans) buy insurance? Because of the expense."

Food stamp spending "doubled under President Bush, doubled again under President Obama."  

"More Americans receive food aid than work in (the) private sector."

"Expanding Medicaid will worsen health care options for the most vulnerable among us in Texas."

"In the United States, 50 percent of social services are provided by the Catholic church."

Of every "three dollars in food stamps for the needy, seven dollars in salaries and pensions (go to) the bureaucrats who are supposed to be taking care of the poor."

Says he and Mitt Romney agreed on tying minimum wage increases to inflation.

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