64 Facts About Rick Santorum

1. In January 2015, Rick Santorum announced Bella's Gift: How One Little Girl Transformed Our Family and Inspired a Nation, a book about his daughter Bella, who lives with a rare genetic condition called Trisomy 18.

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2. Rick Santorum writes, "Most Americans know something about our Founding Fathers and their role in creating the government of the United States.

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3. Rick Santorum has produced the Christmas-themed movie The Christmas Candle and the religious liberty film One Generation Away.

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4. In his free time, Rick Santorum is an avid fantasy baseball player.

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5. In 1997, Rick Santorum purchased a three-bedroom house in the Pittsburgh suburb of Penn Hills.

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6. Rick Santorum traveled, in 2002, to Rome to speak at a centenary celebration of the birth of Saint Josemaria Escriva, founder of Opus Dei.

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7. Rick Santorum has condemned the term "middle class" as "Marxism talk" used by liberals, maintaining that the United States has no social classes.

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8. At the Iowa Freedom Summit, Rick Santorum said: "We need an immigration policy that puts American workers first.

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9. Rick Santorum claimed that all "net new jobs" created in the United States economy since 2000 have gone to immigrants.

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10. At the 2015 Iowa Freedom Summit, Rick Santorum said the volume of legal immigration into the United States is too high, and stated that the number of immigrants lawfully entering the country was "affecting American workers" by taking jobs and lowering wages.

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11. In 2006, Rick Santorum opposed the Senate's immigration reform proposal, saying the US should simply act to enforce currently existing laws.

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12. In June 2011, Rick Santorum said he would continue to "fight very strongly against libertarian influence within the Republican Party and the conservative movement.

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13. In March 2005, Rick Santorum expressed misgivings about the death penalty in light of wrongly convicted individuals who were sentenced to death.

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14. Rick Santorum has said he does not believe a "right to privacy" is part of the Constitution.

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15. In May 2015, Rick Santorum made a statement that was seen as supportive of Caitlyn Jenner.

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16. In 2015, Rick Santorum signed an online pledge vowing not to respect any law, including any decision by the United States Supreme Court, conferring legal recognition on same-sex marriage.

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17. Rick Santorum has characterized the campaign as a "type of vulgarity" that was spread on the Internet.

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18. In his 2005 book It Takes a Family, Rick Santorum advocated a society oriented toward "family values" and centered on monogamous, heterosexual relationships, marriage, and child-raising.

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19. Rick Santorum has consistently held socially conservative views and has advocated "compassionate conservatism".

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20. In an interview with Glenn Beck, Rick Santorum said Obama's desire for greater higher education rates nationwide was a veiled attempt at "indoctrination", saying that "62 percent of kids who go into college with a faith commitment leave without it.

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21. Rick Santorum stated, "if the President says he's a Christian, he's a Christian", but has stated that Obama's agenda is based on a "phony theology", not the Bible.

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22. Rick Santorum has said he values faith over politics and considers politicians' faith significant.

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23. Rick Santorum has written for Catholic publications and frequently comments on political issues from a religious standpoint.

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24. Rick Santorum proudly calls himself a "culture warrior" and "true Christian conservative".

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25. Rick Santorum now considers himself a devout Catholic and acknowledges his faith as the source of his politics and worldview.

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26. In June 2012, Rick Santorum launched Patriot Voices, a 50(4) nonprofit with a mission to "mobilize conservatives around this country who are committed to promoting faith, family, freedom and opportunity" in support of causes and candidates across the country.

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27. In October 2012, Rick Santorum published American Patriots: Answering the Call to Freedom, a book that tells the stories of 25 largely unknown heroes of the American Revolution.

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28. Rick Santorum spoke of the American dream his immigrant grandfather worked to give his family, and said Obama was turning the dream into a nightmare.

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29. Rick Santorum received a primetime speaking slot at the 2012 Republican National Convention.

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30. Rick Santorum mentioned his grandfather's historical encounter with Italian fascism as an inspiration for his presidential campaign.

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31. On September 11, 2009, Rick Santorum spoke to Catholic leaders in Orlando, Florida, saying that the 2012 presidential elections were going to be "a real opportunity for success.

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32. In the fall of 2009, Rick Santorum gave a speech at the University of Dubuque on the economy, fueling speculation that he would run for president in 2012.

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33. Rick Santorum was mentioned as a candidate for Governor of Pennsylvania in 2010.

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34. In September 2008, Rick Santorum expressed support for McCain as the nominee, citing McCain's choice of Sarah Palin as his running mate as a step in the right direction.

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35. Rick Santorum criticized John McCain, questioning his pro-life voting record and conservative values.

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36. On February 1, 2008, Rick Santorum said he would vote for Mitt Romney in the 2008 Republican presidential primary.

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37. Rick Santorum earned $395,414 in corporate director's fees and stock options from Universal Health Services, and $217,385 in income from the Ethics and Public Policy Center.

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38. Rick Santorum earned $1.3 million in 2010 and the first half of 2011.

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39. Toward the end of his campaign, Rick Santorum shifted his theme to the threat of radical Islam.

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40. In response, Rick Santorum asked county officials to remove the homestead tax exemption from his Penn Hills property, saying he was entitled to it but chose not to take it because of the political dispute.

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41. In 2006, Rick Santorum sought reelection to a third Senate term.

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42. Rick Santorum became chairman of the Senate Republican Conference in 2000, the party's third-ranking leadership position in the Senate.

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43. Rick Santorum was one of only two senators who voted against confirming Robert Gates as Secretary of Defense.

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44. Rick Santorum stated that Iran was the creator of Hezbollah and the driving force of Hamas.

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45. Rick Santorum reflected on his last year in the Senate as one spent talking a lot about Iran, and was characterized by The Atlantic Wire as an "extreme hawk" in his approach to Iran.

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46. Rick Santorum voted against the Lautenberg amendment, which would have closed the loophole that allows companies like Halliburton to do business with Iran through their foreign affiliates.

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47. Rick Santorum supports US political intervention and economic sanctions against state sponsors of terrorism.

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48. Rick Santorum made the declaration regarding WMDs based in part on declassified portions of the US Army Intelligence and Security Command.

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49. Rick Santorum is a supporter of the War on Terror and shares the views of neoconservatives and the Bush Doctrine in regard to foreign policy.

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50. In support of the bill, Rick Santorum criticized the National Weather Service in September 2005, saying its evacuation warnings for Hurricane Katrina were "insufficient".

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51. Rick Santorum introduced the National Weather Service Duties Act of 2005, which aimed to prohibit the National Weather Service from releasing weather data to the public without charge where private-sector entities perform the same function commercially.

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52. In 2002, Rick Santorum called intelligent design "a legitimate scientific theory that should be taught in science classes", but by 2005 he had adopted the Teach the Controversy approach.

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53. Rick Santorum added to the 2001 No Child Left Behind bill a provision that would have provided more freedom to schools in teaching about the origins of life, including the teaching of intelligent design alongside evolution.

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54. In 2002, Rick Santorum was a co-sponsor of that year's attempt to pass the Workplace Religious Freedom Act.

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55. In 1996, Rick Santorum endorsed moderate Republican Arlen Specter in his short-lived campaign for president.

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56. Rick Santorum was an author and the floor manager of the bill.

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57. In 1996, Rick Santorum served as Chairman of the Republican Party Task Force on Welfare Reform, and contributed to legislation that became the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act.

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58. Rick Santorum served in the United States Senate representing Pennsylvania from 1995 to 2007.

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59. In 1993, Rick Santorum was one of 17 House Republicans who sided with most Democrats to support legislation that prohibited employers from permanently replacing striking employees.

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60. In 1990, at age 32, Rick Santorum was elected to the US House of Representatives to represent Pennsylvania's 18th congressional district, located in the eastern suburbs of Pittsburgh.

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61. Rick Santorum left his private law practice in 1990 after his election to the House of Representatives.

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62. In 1986, Rick Santorum received a JD degree with honors from Dickinson School of Law.

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63. Rick Santorum attended Pennsylvania State University for his undergraduate studies, serving as chairman of the university's College Republicans chapter and graduating with a BA degree with honors in political science in 1980.

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64. Rick Santorum was elected as a United States Senator from Pennsylvania in 1994.

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