Rick Santorum

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  • Former Title: Senator of Pennsylvania (1995-2007)
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  • Birthplace: Winchester, VA
  • Religion: Catholic
  • Alma Mater: Pennsylvania State University (BA), University of Pittsburgh Dickinson School of Law (JD)
  • Website: http://www.ricksantorum.com

Rick Santorum is a former U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania known for being a fiscal and social conservative. In 1990, he was first elected to the House of Representatives at the age of 32. He lost the Senate seat he held in 2006 to a Democratic opponent.

A star among social conservatives, he gained popularity a decade ago by opposing abortion rights and gay marriage and backing welfare reform. Since 2006, he has promoted his views on issues like the Iraq War and homosexuality through columns in the Philadelphia Inquirer and as a commentator on Fox News.

He and his wife have seven children. His desk in the Senate was known as the “candy desk,” as it was stocked with treats from Pennsylvania-based candy makers such as Hershey Co.

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Santorum on the Issues

  • Santorum says his "0-0-0" economic plan would reduce corporate taxes for manufacturers, expand energy exploration and "zero out" Obama-era regulations on business.

  • Santorum is critical of Texas for "subsidizing" college tuition for children of illegal immigrants and supports building a fence on the border with Mexico.

  • Santorum, a staunch social and fiscal conservative, is a favorite of the Tea Party movement. He has said he's the most electable conservative in the Republican field.

  • Santorum would lift barriers to oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, along the Outer Continental Shelf, and the Arctic National Wildlife Reserve. He opposes any new federal regulations for the natural gas industry.

  • Santorum would eliminate all federal funding for birth control and nominate judges who would overturn Roe v. Wade. He is opposed to same-sex marriage, and would reinstitute the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy.

  • Santorum says Social Security is “in trouble” and needs to be reformed, first by changing the index to be based on inflation rather than wage growth. He has also said he is open to raising the retirement age. Santorum also supports reforms for Medicare, and has said that he supports Paul Ryan’s “premium support” system.

  • Santorum, who said the congressional agreement to raise the debt ceiling did not go far enough because "it does not accomplish the necessary goal of balancing the budget," supports a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution.

  • Santorum has raised concerns about the threat of a nuclear Iran. He says U.S. troops should not withdraw from Iraq until the country is stabilized and says the U.S. needs to strengthen relations with allies in Pakistan. He believes that U.S. intervention in any foreign conflict should be limited to matters which directly affect the country.

  • Santorum would sign legislation to repeal Obama’s healthcare reform. He says he trusts Americans to make their own choices about healthcare.

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