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Rick Santorum

Everything You Wanted to Know about the 2012 Presidential Candidate

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Rick Santorum

Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum

U.S. Congress

Rick Santorum is a candidate for president in Election 2012. He is a former member of both the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate who is known for his conservative positions on social issues such as abortion, contraception and gay marriage. Here is a list of stories that contain important information about Santorum.

Rick Santorum Political Career

Rick Santorum's 2012 Presidential Campaign: Read about Santorum's surprising campaign for the Republican nomination against Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul. Find out why he quit the campaign about four months into the primary season.

Rick Santorum Biography: Read about Santorum's first election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1990, where he represented suburban Pittsburgh. Find out more about his two terms in the House, and learn about his surprising and successful challenge to a Democratic incumbent in 1994.

Rick Santorum Senate Loss: Santorum worked his way up to become a ranking member of the U.S. Senate from Pennsylvania. But voters ousted him in 2006 after two terms in the Senate, and the wide margin of his loss raised questions about his electability in the race for the White House in 2012. Find out why Pennsylvania voters threw Santorum out of office.

Liberal Guide to Rick Santorum in 2012: Find out why Democrats and liberals see Santorum as being, in their words, so virulently and thoroughly conservative as to make most voters uncomfortable. Take a look at Santorum's voting record in Congress.

Conservative Guide to Rick Santorum in 2012: Find out why some aspects of Santorum's political career make some conservatives uncomfortable, including his now-notorious endorsement of then-U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter's re-election in 2004 over the conservative hero Pat Toomey in Pennsylvania. Can Santorum really call himself a conservative?

Rick Santorum on the Issues

Rick Santorum on Women's Issues: Santorum generated lots of controversy during his 2012 presidential campaign because of his conservative positions on contraception and prenatal testing. He has often referred to the so-called "dangers of contraception in this country." Find out what he meant by that and other statements on women's issues.

Rick Santorum on Immigration: Learn more about Santorum's view that it is impossible for anyone in the country illegally to make positive contributions to the United States. Is any action taken by an undocumented immigrant really, as he says, inherently illegal?

Rick Santorum Foreign Policy: Learn more about Santorum's resistance to Iran's anti-American rhetoric and nuclear weapons threat. Find out where he stands on the concept of American "exceptionalism." See how his positions contrast with that of President Barack Obama's so-called "leadership from behind" strategy.

Rick Santorum Personal Life

Rick Santorum Marriage: Read about Santorum's views of marriage in general, and of his own marriage to Karen Garver. “The beautiful thing about it is we grew in our faith together. We wanted that to be the grounding for our marriage,” Santorum has said. Learn about the Santorum family and their children.

Rick Santorum Humor

Crazy Rick Santorum Quotes: Did Santorum really call Obama a "snob" for wanting all American high school students to eventually go to college? What about his alleged claim that abortion has claimed the lives of about a third of America's young people?

Rick Santorum Jokes: Yes, Santorum has generated reams of fodder for late-night comedians David Letterman, Jay Leno and Bill Maher. No topic was off-limits, not even Santorum's affinity for the sweater vest or his so-called Google problem.

Rick Santorum Urban Legend: Read the truth behind claims that Santorum condemned heavy metal music as "Satanic" and the "single most dangerous force in America today." It wasn't what you think.

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