"He’s devalued our currency and he’s not just devalued our currency, he’s devalued our culture. Through marriage, and through not standing up to the Defense of Marriage Act. Through federal funding of abortions. He’s devaluing our dollars, and he devalues our other currency, our moral currency.Through Liberal Eyes - These's a reason why former two-term U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania was soundly defeated for reelection in 2006: he's so virulently and thoroughly conservative as to make most voters uncomfortable. And he's grotesquely self-righteous and humorless.
I love our tea partiers
"I love our tea partiers who raise their Constitution up... I believe now that Americans are not looking for someone that they can believe in; they're looking for a President who believes in them."
Santorum is famed for his freakishly extreme feelings on the gay community. "In two terms in the Senate, he became best known for his stalwart stand against gay rights and, more broadly, gayness in general, although Santorum prefers the words 'homosexual' or 'sodomites'... He has compared the idea of homosexual marriage to 'man on child, man on dog, or whatever the case may be.'" reports NNDB.
The bottom line: Rick Santorum might be too extreme, even for the Republican party in 2012. Liberals find it deeply frightening that this guy was elected twice to the Senate.
Competitors - Despite his evangelical Christian bona fides and conservative credibility from two terms in the U.S. Senate, Rick Santorum long trailed the top contenders for the Republican 2012 presidential nomination, including former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, and businessman/media personality Herman Cain.
However, on February 7, 2012, former Sen. Santorum surprised the political world by winning three state caucus votes... Colorado, Minnesota, Missouri... over his three remaining rivals, including supposed frontrunner Romney.
Rick Santorum on the Issues - Rick Santorum is extremely conservative on social issues, including gay rights, same-gender marriage, and abortion. Among his specific stances are:
- Santorum believes abortion should be banned except in cases of rape and incest.
- His Congresssional voting is rated 0% by NARAL, indicating a perfect pro-life record.
- His voting record is rated 100% by the ultra-conservative Christian Coalition.
- He voted that sexual oreintation should NOT be included as a cause for hate crimes.
- He voted NO to prohibit job discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.
- His record is rated 0% by League of Conservation Voters.
- In 2005, he Voted NO on reducing U.S. oil usage by 40% by 2025.
- Four times, he's voted YES to oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
- In 1999, Sen. Santorum voted for federal defunding of renewable and solar energy initiatives.
- Santorum voted YES on every possible free trade agreement.
- His voting record is rated 100% by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
- Rick Santorum has consistently voted against raising minimum wage rates.
- January 1995 to January 2007 - U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania (two terms)
- January 1991 to January 1995 - Congressman from Pennsylvania's 18th District (two terms)
- Birth - May 10, 1958 in Winchester, Virginia, the second of three children born to Aldo Santorum, a native of Italy, and wife Catherine a nurse. Aldo enjoyed a lengthy career with the U.S. Veterans' Administration in number of cities, and earned licensure as a psychologist in 1974.
- Education - Graduated in 1976 from Carmel High School in Mundelein, Illinois, although he was raised mainly in Virginia. Santorum played second team basketball in high school.
B.A. in political science, 1980, Pennsylvania State University, where he was a member of Tau Epsilon Phi fraternity. M.B.A. in 1981, University of Pittsburgh. J.D., 1986, Pennsylvania State University's Dickinson School of Law.
- Family - Married in 1990 to Karen Garver, an attorney and formerly a nurse with an R.N. degree from Duquesne University.
Seven children: daughters Elizabeth, Sarah, and Isabella, and sons Richard Jr., Daniel, Peter, and Patrick. A son, Gabriel, born prematurely in 1996, died shortly after birth.
Youngest child, Isabella, born in 2008, is terminally ill with Trisomy 18, a genetic disorder.
- Faith - Devoutly Roman Catholic. Rick and Karen Santorum have been honored with the John Paul II Award for "championing women and unborn children" by a Catholic graduate school of psychology.
They were investitured by a Catholic Diocese in 2004 at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City as Knight and Lady of Magisterial Grace of the Knights of Order of Malta. The Order requires that "Members are active and practicing Catholics in good standing who support the teaching of the Catholic Church and participate in the spiritual activities and service projects of the order."