Vote Chooser 2016

Quiz Candidates Issues

Rick Santorum

Rick Santorum (Republican, born May 10, 1958) served as a U.S. Senator representing Pennsylvania from 1995 to 2007 and was the Senate's third-ranking Republican. Since then he has worked as a consultant, lawyer, and news contributor. He is a devout, practicing Catholic. (Wikipedia)

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Santorum's positions on the issues:


Taxes

Is it important to tax the rich more to reduce the wealth gap?

Santorum says: No, and we should have a flat tax so everyone's tax rate is the same.

From RickSantorum.com: "[Santorum's plan will] [a]bolish the anti-worker, anti-family, anti-growth, anti-freedom federal income tax code once and for all and replace it with a simple, honest, fair rate system - 20% flat tax on individual income / 20% flat tax on business income."
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Immigration

How should we deal with illegal immigrants?

Santorum says: Prevent them from working so they leave.

From RickSantorum.com: "[Santorum will] [p]ush for congressional action to require all businesses use e-verify for all employees to assure those who play by the rules are rewarded and employers who hire illegal immigrants are held accountable."
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The Deficit

Should the government be allowed to borrow more money even though it is already in debt?

Santorum says: No.

From RickSantorum.com: "Rick Santorum has been fighting for fiscal sanity in Washington for more than a generation. He has long supported a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution and a Line Item Veto.... Senator Santorum is also a strong supporter [of] "No Budget, No Pay" legislation that would require members of Congress to forgo pay for every day after the beginning of the government's fiscal year that they don't adopt a budget and pass all of its spending bills."
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Health Care

How should the government ensure that Americans receive health care?

Santorum says: Repeal ObamaCare and let people buy insurance if they want.

From Fox News: "I strongly believe that [ObamaCare] is a death-knell to freedom in America. Once the government takes over - as they are in the process of doing - and controls the health care sector and people become dependent on a government controlled health care system... the government becomes almost too powerful to control because they control your very life..."
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Gun Control

What should be done to prevent more mass shootings in America?

Santorum says: Make it easier for Americans to own guns, so people can defend themselves.

From Santorum's Facebook account: "As a strong supporter of the second amendment, I take issue with the Obama administration's effort to take more control of our lives on the gun issue, when we already have reasonable accommodations in place. We have seen time and time again, when law-abiding citizens have used their legal firearms as a means of self protection; our government cannot stand in the way of that. "
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Criminal Justice

Is police brutality against African Americans a problem?

Santorum says: No. Aside from rare instances, police officers already treat African Americans fairly.

From the Des Moines Register: "Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum says there's a legitimate concern about police misbehavior, but he worries about an overreaction that has left law enforcement officers afraid to do their jobs, resulting in a spike of crime in some communities. The Republican presidential candidate said Monday in Des Moines that there has been a tremendous increase in police accountability, with many officers now wearing body cameras and other measures being taken to scrutinize their performance. "But with everything there is a balance," he said, adding he's fearful that harsh criticism of police is hurting law enforcement."
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Climate

Should the government do more to prevent climate change due to burning of oil and gas?

Santorum says: No.

From the Rush Limbaugh Show: "I believe the earth gets warmer, and I also believe the earth gets cooler, and I think history points out that it does that and that the idea that man through the production of CO2 which is a trace gas in the atmosphere and the manmade part of that trace gas is itself a trace gas is somehow responsible for climate change is, I think, just patently absurd when you consider all of the other factors, El Nino, La Nina, sunspots, you know, moisture in the air. There's a variety of factors that contribute to the earth warming and cooling..."
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Gay Marriage

Gay marriage should

Santorum says: Be illegal.

From PBS: "Santorum has signed a pledge to defend marriage as between one man and one woman and supports an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to set that definition in law. He sharply disagreed with the Supreme Court's June decision legalizing gay marriage in all 50 states. In 2012, he indicated he also opposes same-sex civil unions. The former senator has stated he personally would not attend a same-sex wedding."
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ISIS

How should America fight ISIS?

Santorum says: Send U.S. troops.

From PBS: "At the Conservative Political Action Committee's convention in February, Santorum called for 10,000 U.S. troops on the ground to combat the Islamic State and for a massive bombing campaign against the group. At the same event, he told Bloomberg TV, the U.S. must increase air strikes, aid to Jordan and that under his plan, American forces would not be an "invasion force". They would be combat-ready as well as help with training and intelligence."
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Russia

How should America respond to Russian aggression?

Santorum says: Push back, even if it risks war.

From Politico: "When asked about President Barack Obama's approach to Russia, Santorum in an interview criticized the pace of the administration's response. "They're slowly amping up, instead of standing by our ally," he said. "I would be saying it's about time we start getting tough with the Russians, standing by our allies and not tolerating this type of outrageous aggression on the part of [Russian President Vladimir] Putin and the Russian government," he said. "Weakness creates vacuums, and Putin has filled that vacuum.""
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