Rick Santorum: This is the man that wants to be President of the United States.

April 5, 2012 by
Filed under: The Last Refuge 

THE LAST REFUGE

The only book authored by Santorum was in 2006 or about six years ago so it is not current enough to warrant a review and it is highly unlikely he will be the Republican nominee. He was born May 10, 1958 which makes him 53 years old. Despite being on the far right of the Republican Party he may run for President again if, as the pundits predict, he will not be the Republican nominee in 2012. It also is unlikely he will be named as Romney’s running mate if Romney wins. Romney will seek a more moderate running mate in an effort to move to the center in the general election. That election is likely to be a close and bruising one.
He was born in Virginia to a clinical psychologist and an administrative nurse and raised and educated in Pennsylvania. He ultimately received a law degree from Penn State. He is Catholic and socially conservative being against same sex marriage, contraception and abortion.
He married Karen Garver in 1990 and they have had eight children one of whom died at birth. He took the fetus home to show to his other children and he and his wife slept with the dead fetus between them. They have a child born when Mrs. Santorum was 48 with a serious genetic disorder who is not expected to live beyond her first year.
Also in 1990 at the age of 32 he was elected to the U.S. House Of Representatives and in 1994 to the U.S. Senate where he served until 2006 when he was not re-elected.
While in office he supported The War On Terrorism and enhanced interrogation techniques. He also said that empty sarin and mustard gas casings from the Iran-Iraq conflict in the Nineties was evidence of weapons of mass destruction in relation for the justification for the invasion of Iraq in 2003. He disagrees with John McCain that water boarding is torture.
He is for the privatization of Social Security. He follows neoconservative thinking on foreign policy and believes that climate change is a left wing conspiracy. He is a hawk on Iranian nuclear development and would bomb them if they chose not to be transparent in their nuclear activities. He supports gun rights. He voted the Republican line on almost all issues while in office. He supported earmarks. He would repeal The Affordable Care Act as unconstitutional.
He has written that moral relativism in the seminaries led to the sex abuse scandal within the Catholic Church. He doesn’t believe in a strict separation of church and state.
In 2012 he has won more than five primary contests which means that if Romney does not get enough votes for a first ballot nomination then Santorum could be a contender for the nomination on second or subsequent ballots. His base appears to be in those states with a majority of fundamentalist Christians. However recently he lost primary elections in Wisconsin, Maryland and Washington D.C.
He looks forward to winning in his home state of Pennsylvania and upcoming conservative states like Texas in May 2012.
Given the publicity gained during the nomination process and the fact that he showed strong extreme right support he is likely to be a force in the Republican Party in the future perhaps running for President again in future elections if as expected he loses the 2012 nomination.
In 2010 and the first half of 2011 his income was $1.3 million as a lawyer and advisor.
This then is the man that wants to be President of the United States.

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