Rick Santorum: Candidate Explainer

The Gist:

Santorum is a conservative Republican from Pennsylvania. He was a Congressman in the House in the early 90's before being elected to the Senate where he served as a Republican Senator for Pennsylvania until 2007. He is very religious (Roman Catholic) and his religious beliefs influence a lot of his political beliefs.

To sum up his politics he is for lower taxes, less government regulation, more two-parent families (not same-sex parents). His platform is representing the American worker, or “blue collar conservatives” which was the title of his last book.


Santorum on the Issues


Social Issues

Religion is really important to Rick Santorum and to his politics and policies (he is Roman Catholic). He is strongly against same-sex marriage because he believes the bible dictates that marriage is between only a man and a woman. He wouldn’t attend a same-sex wedding even if it were a friend’s.

He is also strongly anti-abortion, but has said that he would allow some exceptions in the case of rape, incest and the danger to the health of the mother.

He has said that John F. Kennedy’s statement that the separation of church and state is absolute made him want to “want to throw up.”

Foreign Policy

When Santorum was a Senator he served for eight years on the Armed Services Committee, so he’s got a pretty solid background when it comes to foreign policy.

He opposed Obama’s withdrawal from Afghanistan because he thought that we shouldn’t leave a region when there is “still a good chance the Taliban could take control.”

He supports increased military spending and believes that in addition to it being necessary to beef up our military for defense-purposes that it also creates jobs.

On immigration, Santorum wants stricter border enforcement and want to majorly curb illegal immigration as well as legal immigration which he wants to reduce by 25%. He opposes allowing immigrants who are here illegally to have a pathway to citizenship.

When it comes to ISIS, Santorum supports a much more involved U.S. response than what’s going on right now.

“If ISIS wants to establish a seventh-century caliphate, let’s oblige them by bombing them back to the seventh century.” — Rick Santorum

Santorum is very pro-Israel and thinks that it is the duty of American citizen to stand up and say they support Israel. He believes that China, Iran and Venezuela are part of a “gathering storm” of threats facing the U.S. Santorum has said for years that he thinks Iran poses the greatest threat to U.S. national security.

“I want to go to war with China and make America the most attractive place in the world to do business.” — October 2011, Rick Santorum

He supports giving foreign aid to Pakistan and is one of the few Republicans who is for the U.S. giving foreign aid to other countries.

Climate Change

Santorum does not believe in climate change. He has called it “junk science” and beieves that Democrats have concocted climate change as a scheme to “regulate your life.” He is a big supporter of coal power.

The Economy

Santorum has focused more on income inequality in recent years, and has said that the Republican party has been to focused on helping the business sector and should concern itself more with everyday Americans. He is open to raising the federal minimum wage, which right now is $7.25, to $8.75 within three years. He wants to lower the corporate tax rate by half to 17.5%. At the same time, Santorum wants to increase the child tax credit and eliminate parts of the tax code that impose a tax burden on married couples.

Overall, like most Republicans, Santorum wants to cut government spending.

Santorum’s Presidential Announcement:

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