Rick Santorum on Principles & Values

Republican Jr Senator (PA)

Govern via both faith & reason

Q: I'm wondering what your definition of the separation of church and state is?

PAWLENTY: Well, the protections between the separation of church and state were designed to protect people of faith from government, not government from people of faith.

Q: How will that affect your decision-making?

SANTORUM: I'm someone who believes that you approach issues using faith and reason. And if your faith is pure and your reason is right, they'll end up in the same place. I think the key to the success of this country, how we all live together, is because we are a very diverse country. We allow everybody, people of faith and no faith, to come in and make their claims in the public square, to be heard, have those arguments, and not to say because you're no a person of faith, you need to stay out, because you have strong faith convictions, your opinion is invalid. Just the opposite--we get along because we know that we--all of our ideas are allowed in and tolerated. That's what makes America work.

Source: 2011 GOP primary debate in Manchester NH Jun 13, 2011

I agree with Bush 98% of the time, but I say when I donít

Q: If you review your voting record in support of the president, here it is: In 2005 you were with him 95% of the time, 100% of the time in Ď04, 99% in Ď03, 96% in Ď02, 97% in Ď01. George Bush and Rick Santorum have governed very much in lock-step.

SANTORUM: Absolutely. I agree with the president a vast majority of the time. When I agree with him, I say it. And when I donít agree with him, I say it, too.

CASEY: I think what the people of Pennsylvania expect and deserve is someone whoís going to be truly independent. Being a rubber stamp for the president is not in the best interest of the people of America.

Q: But have the Democrats sometimes been obstructionist, & opposed everything that Bush proposed?

CASEY: Iím sure they have. But when you have two politicians that agree 98% of the time, one of themís really not necessary. We need someone whoís going to be truly independent, who has the character and the integrity to stand up to his party and his president, especially at a time of war

Source: Meet the Press: PA 2006 Senate Debate, Tim Russert moderator Sep 3, 2006

Accused of taking home-school money while residing out of PA

Q: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette had this editorial: ďFive Santorum children have been home-schooled, paid for by the Penn Hills district to the tune of $38,000 a year, until it became apparent that they donít live in Penn Hills. [The newspaper] sent a letter to Santorum at his home address, at least the one that he claims. Back came the letter with a sticker from the US Postal Service [as undeliverable].Ē In 1990 you ran this commercial repeatedly:
Thereís something strange about this house It belongs to our congressman, Doug Walgren. Whatís so strange? Instead of living in his own congressional district, Congressman Walgren lives in this house, located in the wealthiest area of Virginia.
Q: Isnít that rather hypocritical of you?

SANTORUM: No, not at all. My opponent never owned a home in the district, ever, in 14 years. I own a home and always owned a home.

Q: How many nights have you personally spent there?

SANTORUM: I probably spend maybe a month a year.

Source: PA 2006 Senate Debate, Tim Russert moderator Sep 3, 2006

Voted YES on confirming Samuel Alito as Supreme Court Justice.

Vote on the Nomination -- a YES vote would to confirm Samuel A. Alito, Jr., of New Jersey, to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.
Reference: Alito Nomination; Bill PN 1059 ; vote number 2006-002 on Jan 31, 2006

Voted YES on confirming John Roberts for Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

Vote on the Nomination (Confirmation John G. Roberts, Jr., of Maryland, to be Chief Justice of the United States )
Reference: Supreme Court Nomination of John Roberts; Bill PN 801 ; vote number 2005-245 on Sep 27, 2005

Religious affiliation: Catholic.

Santorum : religious affiliation:

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Source: Adherents.com web site 00-ADH11 on Nov 7, 2000

Fund the 50 States Commemorative Coin Program.

Santorum co-sponsored the 50 States Commemorative Coin Program Act

Corresponding House bill is H.R.2414. Became Public Law No: 105-124.
Source: Bill sponsored by 28 Senators and 1 Rep 97-S1228 on Sep 26, 1997

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