Rick Santorum

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Rick Santorum

Richard John "Rick" Santorum was born in 1958 in Winchester, Virginia and grew up mainly outside Pittsburgh. The second of three children, Santorum had a strong Catholic upbringing by his mother who was a nurse, and his father who was a psychologist. Santorum received undergraduate and law degrees from Penn State, and an M.B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh. Santorum served as a US senator from Pennsylvania from 1995 to 2007, and a US congressman before that. After leaving the Senate in 2007, he started working at a conservative think tank as a consultant. He is married with 7 kids, the youngest of whom is a special-needs child. Santorum ran for president in 2012 as a republican candidate, but was the runner-up to Mitt Romney. In 2015, he announced his plans to seek the Republican nomination for the 2016 presidential election. This time around, Santorum's poll numbers have been consistently low, but he is optimistic he can gain momentum three weeks out.

Campaign Website

Tax Reform

Rick's Tax Reform (section page)

The 20/20 Flat Tax Plan

  • Repeal the tax code (RSWTR)
  • 20% flat tax on individual income, with no marriage penalty, death tax, alternative minimum tax (RSWTR)
  • 20% flat tax on business income (RSWTR)
  • Dramatically downsize the IRS (RSWTR)
  • Deductible capital investments (RSWTR)
  • Fully Repeal Obamacare (RSWTR)
  • "Tariffs only hurt working men and women." (CNBC)
  • "If you look at my flat tax, it actually takes the best of what many have been advocating for a long time, which is a strong pro-growth tax code. We have a system that has a low single rate, but we take care of American families. I'm talking about $2,750 per person. That means a family of four has a $11,000 dollar tax credit. " (CNBCRS)

Jobs and Business Policy

Rick's Jobs and Business Policy (section page)

2020 Clear Vision for America

  • "In our plan, the 2020 Clear Vision for America, we increase growth by 1% a year. So we go from 2.3 to 3.3, in repealing ObamaCare, it's another .7. So you're looking at 4% growth rate. And unlike Donald Trump and Bobby Jindal, we don't add $10 trillion to the deficit. Our plan, while it creates as many jobs and grows the economy as much as theirs does, we are a revenue-neutral plan because I believe that we need to reduce the size of government, yes, but we also need to reduce our deficit." (CNBCRS)

Shrink federal government

  • Audit the Federal Reserve (RSWTR)
  • "I'm the one on this stage that has actually gone to Washington, said we would shrink government, said we would shake things up and actually delivered for the conservative cause, everything from welfare reform, which was the largest, most significant accomplishment in the last 25 years for conservatism." (CNBCRS)

Make America #1 in manufacturing, to bring back jobs

  • Provide companies with a 100% income exemption to be phased out over two years, with tax deductions for capital investments (RSWTR)
  • Increase minimum wage by $0.50 per year for three years (RSWTR)
  • "Fewer than 1% of Americans earn minimum wage; let it go up." (CNN)
  • "GOP must focus on opportunities for middle and lower class." (OTIH)
  • "The word "economy" comes from the Greek "oikis" which means family. The family is the first economy. And the one thing that we do not talk about enough is how stable families are vitally important for the middle of America to be prosperous and to grow and be safe. And I will have policies, not just tax policies, but others that will make sure that families are strong again in America." (CNBCRS)

Health Policy

Rick's Health Policy (section page)

Abortion Policy

  • Pro life - every life matters (RSWL)
  • "I've never supported criminalization of abortion for mothers, but I do for people who perform them. I believe that life is sacred...” (RSA)

Entitlement Programs

  • Introduce work requirements for means-tested entitlement programs, including the federal food stamps program (RSWTR)
  • Cut means-tested entitlement programs by 10% across the board, freeze them for four years,and block grant them to States (RSWTR)

Fully Repeal Obamacare

  • Reform and strengthen Medicare and Social Security so they are fiscally sustainable for seniors and future generations (RSWTR)
  • Change Medicaid to block-grant system (OTIHC)
  • Get rid of Obamacare so small insurers can operate more effectively (OTIHC)

Drug Policy

Rick's Drug Policy (section page)

Kids with married parents are less likely to use drugs

  • "Children living with their married mother and father, as compared to other children, are less likely to get into trouble or use alcohol and drugs. They do better in school; they get better jobs. No surprise, they also have happier marriages. Teenagers on single-parent households or households with a stepparent are at 1.5 to 2.5 times the risk of using illegal drugs as are teens living with their mother and father." (OTID)

Marijuana should not be legalized

  • "I smoked pot when I was in college. Does that mean that I can't talk about drug use? Does that mean that I can't talk about how that's a bad thing? Of course not. You learn from those experiences. Even during that time, I knew that what I was doing was wrong. But just because I failed, that does not mean that I shouldn't be able to talk about it." (OTID)

States should not have the power to violate federal law

  • "Colorado is violating the federal law. And if we have controlled substances, they're controlled substances for a reason. The federal law is there for a reason, and the states shouldn't have the option to violate federal law. As Abraham Lincoln said, you know, states don't have the right to wrong." (OTID)

Middle East

Rick's Middle East (section page)

How to combat ISIS

  • "We need to take back the land in Iraq and we need to use Sunni, not Shiites, not Iranian troops, not Shiite Iraqis, but Sunni Muslims in Iraq and the Kurds, the Peshmerga, and take back Iraqi land. I believe if we did that, you would see ISIS begin to collapse." (CNNRUD)

A nuclear Iran is the end

  • "We have entered World War III. World War III has begun and we have a leader who refuses to identify it and be truthful to the American people to the stakes that are involved, in part, because his policies have led us here. His policy toward Iran lit the fuse of a nuclear Iran." (CNNRUD)
  • "For 12 years, I have been laser-beam focused on the issue of Iran with a nuclear weapon... they believe in bringing about the end of the world. That's their theological goal and we are in the process of giving them a nuclear weapon to do just that. That's why, on day one, I would say to the Iranian government, you open up all of these facilities for inspection, you make them available to the UN & to the US, everything, we can go everywhere or else we will take out those facilities. And when people say, "you're going to start a war," my response is, "no, I'm going to stop a war because a nuclear Iran is the end." (OTIWP)


Rick's Trade (section page)

No tariffs

  • "We shouldn't be putting tariffs on anything. That hurts working men and women. What we should do is making our manufacturing more competitive. One of the reasons I introduced the 20/20 plan, a 20 percent flat tax on corporations, as well as on individuals, is so we can be competitive, so we can bring those manufacturing jobs back. We need to take those jobs from China and bring them back here." (OTIFT)

The US needs an Ex-Im bank

  • "A true conservative wants to create a level playing field. There's 60 Ex-Im banks all over the world. Every major competitor for the United States' manufacturing dollar has one of those banks. In order to have a level playing field, we have to have export financing and here's why. G.E. just lost a contract, you know what they did? They got the Ex-Im bank in France to support it, and they moved manufacturing to Hungary and France. GG.E. is doing well, but American workers are out of jobs." (OTIFT)

Free Trade

  • Negotiate Free Trade Agreements with the goal of expanding access to foreign markets for American products and services (RSWTR)


Rick's Immigration (section page)

Illegal Immigration

  • Seal the Mexican border with an American-made wall (RSWTR)
  • Rescind Obama-Biden measure that allows for executive amnesty (RSWIR)
  • Veto legislation that creates amnesty (RSWTR)

Legal Immigration

  • Reduce legal immigration by 25% (RSWTR)
  • Implement biometric tracking system for every immigrant who enters the States (RSWIR)
  • End automatic citizenship for children born to illegal immigrants in the United States (RSWIR)
  • "We've brought in 35 million legal and illegal immigrants over the last 20 years, more than any period in American history, yet we have low wages, low participation. We aren't providing the training and the investment in our workers and we're bringing in people to compete against low wage workers. We have to make sure that we are not flooding this country with competition for low wage workers." (CNBCRS)


Rick's Environmental (section page)

  • Open up market access to all forms of domestic fuel production (RSWTR)
  • Give states the freedom to choose where they want to explore for oil and natural gas and to set their own regulations for hydrofracking (RSWTR)

In support of the Keystone Pipeline

  • Approve the Keystone Pipeline for jobs and energy security (RSWTR)
  • In reference to Obama's rejection of Keystone XL "Today's decision by the Obama Administration is another betrayal of the American worker, American manufacturing, and American security. Workers are struggling and our enemies are on the march. More than 15,000 manufacturers and 2 million manufacturing jobs have been lost, jobs that require cheap, secure energy sources. Yet President Obama has decided to again abandon them and our security to appease the fringe environmental Left." (RSWK)

Climate Change is not a real problem

  • "The most recent survey of climate scientists said about 57 percent don’t agree with the idea that 95 percent of the change in the climate is being caused by CO2. … There was a survey done of 1,800 scientists, and 57 percent said they don’t buy off on the idea that CO2 is the knob that’s turning the climate. There’s hundreds of reasons the climate’s changing." (PF)

Entrepreneurship and Innovation

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