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Rick Santorum on the Issues

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum has joined the crowded field of candidates seeking the GOP nomination for president in 2012. Santorum promises to run on a socially conservative platform, which should appeal to many Republican voters. Let's take a look at where Santorum stands on some of the issues:

Abortion:
Santorum is fiercely pro-life. According to the website On the Issues, he got a 0% rating from the pro-choice National Abortion Rights Action League, a rating of which he is likely proud. He helped pass the law banning partial birth abortions, and he is against the morning-after pill, which he calls "dangerous."

Even though he thinks all abortion is the taking of a life, he supports legislation that bans abortion but would allow it in cases of rape or incest, or the health of the mother. He said at a 2006 Senate debate, "There’s no question it’s the taking of a life. But it is an attempt for me to try to see if we can find common ground to actually make progress in limiting the other abortions. So yes, that’s what I would do."

Immigration:
Santorum had a tough voting record on immigration while in the Senate. He voted "yes" to build a fence along the Mexican border, and "no" on a guest worker program, allowing illegal immigrants to participate in Social Security, and on giving guest workers a path to citizenship.

Gay Rights:
On the Issues said Santorum has voted against issues regarding gays. He voted in favor of a constitutional ban on gay marriage, and against bills to expand the list of hate crimes to include sexual orientation.

Guns:
Santorum is a strong supporter of gun rights. He voted to protect gun manufacturers from lawsuits, as well as voting against background checks at gun shows.

Homeland Security:
Santorum voted against preserving habeas corpus for terror suspects in Guantanamo Bay, as well as against a bill that would require the CIA to provide reports on interrogation techniques. He also thinks the War on Terror will not be won on foreign battlefields, saying in a 2006 debate, "I think you just fundamentally misunderstand the problem. You’re saying that somehow or another the terminology doesn’t matter. You believe that we’re going to win or lose this war on the battlefield in Iraq and Afghanistan. I don’t. I think we’ll win or lose this war right here in America."

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