Rick Santorum

GOP presidential candidate Richard John Santorum is a former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania with a solidly conservative record. He was born May 10, 1958, in Winchester, Virginia.  He is popular with grass-roots social conservatives because of his views on abortion, marriage, and gay rights. He is married with seven children. 

Rick Santorum

Santorum on the Issues

Rick Santorum voted in favor of  South Carolina’s Martin Luther King Voting Rights bill. This provision had a disproportionate impact on African-Americans, restoring their voting rights once they completed their prison sentence.  

Rick Santorum proposes a tax structure that encourages innovation and entrepreneurship as one way to create more jobs. He also wants to cut the tax rate to zero for all manufacturers to keep jobs in America. 

Rick Santorum promises to balance the budget within five years. In what he calls his pro-family tax policy, he will push to lower tax rates, triple personal deductions for children and eliminate the marriage tax. Santorum wants to promote free trade agreements to increase exports.

Rick Santorum  has supported ethnic and religious profiling. Santorum is also a supporter of the Patriot Act, which has come under fire for violating people’s civil liberties in the name of protecting against present domestic threats. 

Rick Santorum believes the role of the federal government in the education of students should be limited. He supports school vouchers. Santorum wants reforms at the local level to expand a parent’s school options by removing caps on charter schools and improving online learning options.

Rick Santorum has vowed to overturn the president’s health care reform measure. Santorum has taken shots at the Massachusetts health care law backed by Mitt Romney. He supports expanding health savings accounts, allowing patients to cross state lines to buy insurance and increasing competition to drive down costs.

Rick Santorum has defended his support of South Carolina’s Martin Luther King Voting Rights bill to help re-enfranchise felons. 

Rick Santorum vows to cut government spending and entitlement programs within his first 100 days in office. He wants social welfare programs turned over to the states. Santorum compared the president to a “drug dealer” attempting to get Americans hooked on entitlement programs. 

Rick Santorum defends military spending, the goals of the War in Afghanistan and efforts to encourage democracy across the globe. He characterizes illegal immigration as a major national security threat.