Rick Santorum

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Rick Santorum


In office
January 3, 1995 – January 3, 2007
Preceded by Harris Wofford
Succeeded by Bob Casey, Jr.
Personal details
Born Richard John Santorum
May 10, 1958 (1958-05-10) (age 59)
Winchester, Virginia
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Karen Garver Santorum
Residence Penn Hills Township, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania
Alma mater Pennsylvania State University
University of Pittsburgh
The Pennsylvania State University – Dickinson School of Law
Occupation Attorney, politician
Religion Roman Catholic

Richard John Santorum, popularly called Rick Santorum is a former United States Senator from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Santorum is a member of the Republican Party and was the chairman of the Senate Republican Conference.

Rick Santorum is a candidate for President of the United States in the 2012 election.

Rick Santorum Views and Stand

  • Abortion not a states' issue

Rick Santorum Timeline

August 2011

August 14: Rick Santorum releases a statement after Tim Pawlenty dropped out of the presidential race.

“It has been a great pleasure to get to know Tim, Mary, and the entire Pawlenty family as we have crisscrossed the early primary states and various Republican events over the past few months,”

“Tim is a tremendous family man, and devoted to moving our nation in the right direction and away from the radical agenda advanced by President Obama. I have no doubt he will be an influential leader for the conservative movement in whatever capacity he decides for many years to come. And to Governor Pawlenty’s many supporters who were attracted to his common-sense conservative record of achievement, know that my campaign will also stand for leadership based on tried and true conservative principles.”

August 13: Rick Santorum acknowledges that he is the underdog in the race for the Republican Presidential nomination. Santorum spoke before the balloting at the Ames Straw Poll at the Hilton Coliseum promising a comeback.

"This is the little-engine-that-could campaign, They told us we had no chance. All of you have come here to say that the folks in Washington, the people in the board rooms of New York and the media centers of Atlanta and New York, they are not the ones who will choose the next Republican president, you are the ones who choose the next Republican president."

Rick Santorum finishes 4th in the Ames Straw Poll. He receives 1657 votes or 9.8% of the total votes.

July 2011

July 29: Rick Santorum speaks at Western Conservative Summit in Denver. He said that he would spend three weeks before the Ames Straw Poll. “I’m committed to this. I believe this is the most important election since the election of 1860,” said Santorum.

July 26: Rick Santorum reacts to Rick Perry's remarks that abortion is a states' issue. “I am not, as some in this race have said, OK with New York doing what they're doing. What New York did was wrong. I will oppose it and I will go to New York, if necessary, to help overturn it.”

July 25: Rick Santorum attacked President Barack Obama for his handling of the raise of debt ceiling issue. In a statement, Santorum said: "President Obama said tonight that 'people are fed up with a town where compromise has become a dirty word,' but what the people are fed up with is a President who uses class warfare as a crutch to divide rather than focusing on solving the issues affecting each and every American,"

July 15: Rick Santorum, in a press release, announced that his 2012 presidential campaign has raised $582,348 in the second quarter of 2011. The campaign has $229,000 cash in hand and has no debt. Santorum has formally announced his presidential run on June 6, 2011.

July 14: Rick Santorum defends signing the controversial marriage pledge that he signed earlier this year. In an editorial for the USA Today, Santorum wrote: "When we sign these pledges, that is what we are doing, solemnizing our words. We are asking our fellow citizens for the most precious commitment they can give in a democracy: their vote. In turn, it shouldn't be too much to ask that we offer a guarantee as well. With all candidates say and do, we should not shrink from offering our civic commitments, either."

July 13: Rick Santorum scores an influential endorsement in Iowa. Kim Lehman, former president of Iowa Right to Life, an Iowa Republican National Committeewoman and a prominent Iowa social conservative announced her support for Santorum for his socially conservative values. In a statement, Lehman appreciated Santorum for taking a firm stand on birth abortion ban and welfare reform. She said that Rick Santorum is grounded and is able to lead on a national stage. Reacting to the endorsement, Santorum in a statement, said that he is honored to receive Lehman's endorsement. "I am excited about the opportunity to formally work with Kim to spread our message of freedom and faith in the American people.", he said.

July 10: Rick Santorum says that he was initially taken aback by a pro-marriage pledge that asks presidential candidates to promise personal fidelity to their spouses. Speaking in the CNN's "State of the Union" show, he said:

“When I first read it, I was taken aback by it. I can't argue that I wasn't,”
“But I understand why they're saying it, because it does undermine people's respect for the institution, respect for the people governing this country. If you can't be faithful to the people that you're closest to, then how can we count on you to be faithful to those of us who you represent?”

He also downplayed the expectations of his campaign's fundraising in the second quarter, saying that it will be under a couple million. He said that they did not focus on fundraising as he did not make up his mind until the end of May. He said: “I’m running a different campaign … I always say the little engine that could campaign. I’m running a conservative campaign, very low budget.”

“I didn’t want to go out and ask people to raise money for me and ask people to do things if I wasn’t committed to doing this yet. We have enough money, in fact, plenty of money to be able to, to execute our game plan for the straw poll coming up in August.”

Santorum said the United States has a spending problem, not a tax problem. "We have a president who's in denial. He's in denial … that we've got entitlements that are out of control, that we have spending that's dramatically increased and we've got government that has grown too big,"

July 5: In an appearance on CNN's "American Morning", Rick Santorum said that the 2009 stimulus package resulted in a loss of jobs. Citing a government report, Santorum said 280 million jobs had been created by December and now says only 240 million jobs were created.

June 2011

Rick Santorum

June 29: Rick Santorum responds to the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals decision upholding the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act.

"It is deeply disappointing that the Sixth Circuit would radically expand the application of the Constitution's Commerce Clause to force the average American to submit their most personal decisions - their healthcare choices - to the government ... It is my great hope that the Supreme Court will soon take up this important case that not only affects our nation's economy, but the individual liberty of each and every American."

June 27: Rick Santorum speaks at Lyon County Republican dinner in western Iowa addressing about 190 people. He urged them to rely on faith and family to stand up against the government. Santorum also pledged to fight against same-sex marriage.

“The reason the left has gone after same-sex marriage is because it’s a two-fer. When you redefine marriage, you cheapen marriage. You make it into something less valuable, less special … it is a sure bet that will undermine faith.”

June 6: Rick Santorum officially announces that he is running for Republican nomination for the Presidential election in 2012.

April 2011

April 13: Rick Santorum forms a exploratory committee for Republican presidential nomination for the 2012 election.

Rick Santorum Calendar

Date Time Event Location
October 10, 2011 11:30 am Visiting The Old Country Store Moultonborough, New Hampshire
October 10, 2011 12:30 pm Visiting the 100th year Anniversary Sandwich Fair Center Sandwich, New Hampshire
October 10, 2011 2:30 pm Speaking at the Carroll County Golf Tournament Ossipee, New Hampshire
October 10, 2011 7:00 pm Hosting a town hall meeting at Concord Christian Academy Concord, New Hampshire
October 7, 2011 11:30 am Speaking to the Values Voters Summit Washington, DC
August 17, 2011 10:00 pm Fox News's "On The Record with Greta Van Susteren" Television appearance
July 31, 2011 4:30 pm Hosting an Oskaloosa town hall meeting at the Kiwanis Shelter at Edmundson Park Oskaloosa, Iowa
July 30, 2011 9:00 am Hosting an Osceola town hall meeting at Clarke Community Center Osceola, Iowa
July 30, 2011 11:00 am Participating at National Balloon Classic Parade Indianola, Iowa
July 30, 2011 2:00 pm Hosting a Winterset town hall meeting at Northside Cafe Winterset, Iowa
July 30, 2011 3:00 pm Visiting the birthplace of John Wayne Winterset, Iowa
July 29, 2011 5:30 pm Speaking at “America at the Crossroads” Keynote Dinner Denver, Colorado
July 28, 2011 8:00 am Hosting an Ottumwa town hall meeting at the Vine Coffeehouse Ottumwa, Iowa
July 28, 2011 11:00 am Hosting a town hall meeting at Fort Madison Public Library Fort Madison, Iowa
July 28, 2011 1:00 pm Hosting a Burlington town hall meeting at the Drake on the Riverfront Burlington, Iowa
July 28, 2011 3:00 pm Hosting a town hall meeting at Mt. Pleasant Public Library Mt. Pleasant, Iowa
July 28, 2011 6:30 pm Attending a house party by Ed Bull Pleasantville, Iowa
July 27, 2011 7:30 am Hosting a town hall meeting at the Onawa Cafe Onawa, Iowa
July 27, 2011 9:30 am Hosting a Missouri Valley town hall meeting at the Junction Cafe Missouri Valley, Iowa
July 27, 2011 11:00 am Visiting the Republican Party booth at the Pottawattamie County Fair Council Bluffs, Iowa
July 27, 2011 2:30 pm Signing Strong America Now’s pledge on the debt and deficit Des Moines, Iowa
July 27, 2011 6:00 pm Attending a house party hosted by Bill & Patti Brown Des Moines, Iowa
July 27, 2011 10:00 pm Fox News's "On The Record with Greta Van Susteren" Television appearance
July 26, 2011 8:00 am Hosting a town hall meeting as part of "The Courage to Fight for American Values" tour Ankeny, Iowa
July 26, 2011 10:00 am Hosting a Boone town hall meeting at Ericson Public Library Boone, Iowa
July 26, 2011 12:30 pm Hosting a Fort Dodge town hall meeting at Citizens Central Fort Dodge, Iowa
July 26, 2011 3:00 pm Hosting a town hall meeting at Storm Lake Public Library Storm Lake, Iowa
July 26, 2011 6:00 pm Speaking at the Osceola County Republican Party picnic at the home of Brian and Cindy Kemp Sibley, Iowa
July 13, 2011 Campaigns at a town hall at Winthrop University Myrtle Beach, Spartanburg and Rock Hill, South Carolina
July 12, 2011 Fundraiser Conway, South Carolina
July 7, 2011 Speaking at a stop for his “Courage to Fight for American Jobs” bus tour Sheffield, Iowa - Fort Dodge, Iowa - Sioux City, Iowa
July 6, 2011 Speaking at a stop for his “Courage to Fight for American Jobs” bus tour Cedar Rapids, Iowa - Davenport, Iowa - Cedar Falls, Iowa
July 5, 2011 Speaking at a stop for his “Courage to Fight for American Jobs” bus tour Waukee, Iowa - Burlington, Iowa - Ainsworth, Iowa - Marion, Iowa
June 27, 2011 Speaking to Great Plains Chapter of the Republican Jewish Coalition Sious City, Iowa