Rick Santorum is the middle of the three children. He attended public schools is West Virginia and Pennsylvania before graduating from a Roman Catholic high school in Illinois. Santorum is married to Karen Garver, and they have seven children together. In 1996, the Santorum’s lost their pre-maturely born son two hours after birth, and their decision to introduce the deceased child to the other children incurred public controversy. Their eighth child, Isabella, was diagnosed with the severe genetic disorder known as Edwards Syndrome with only a 10% chance of survival rate past a year old. (Now 3, Bella was admitted to the hospital over the weekend.)
Santorum is a proponent of compassionate conservatism, and idea that stresses traditionally conservative techniques and thinking in order to improve society’s overall welfare. This figures largely in his stated plan to improve the economy by supporting the family unit. His conservative position includes opposition to federally sanctioned same-sex marriages and benefits (states, though, should rule on gay adoption). His fiscal record during his time as the Pennsylvania Senator in Congress, however, is mixed as he supported earmarks and big government programs in education. At the same time, Santorum also took a leading role in enacting welfare reform, and voted for tax cuts.
Note: In gathering the following material, I attempted to use objective information based on voting record, quotes, and non-partisan sources. At the moment, I fall in the category of “undecided” with respect to both the candidates and the parties they represent. Therefore, the views expressed here are not necessarily my own. (see also posts for Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, and Ron Paul)
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Ron Mattocks is a father of five (3 sons, 2 stepdaughters) and author of the book, Sugar Milk: What One Dad Drinks When He Can’t Afford Vodka. He blogs at Clark Kent’s Lunchbox, and lives in Houston with his wife, Ashley, who eternally mocks his fervor for Coldplay.
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