On Santorum: “It’s always been about faith…”

Recently, a reporter with McClatchy Newspapers took a look at how much a role religion plays in this Catholic candidate’s life:

For former Sen. Rick Santorum, it’s always been about faith.

Deep religious faith fuels Santorum’s conservative politics. It’s what propelled him into becoming one of Congress’ leading opponents of abortion, same-sex marriage and wrongdoing by fellow lawmakers, regardless of party affiliation.

Faith is the key ingredient that also powers Santorum’s long-shot drive for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination. Though solidly in the bottom tier among the seven remaining major GOP candidates, the former Pennsylvania senator doggedly soldiers on through the cold of Iowa and New Hampshire and the temperate early winter of South Carolina. He remains confident that his campaign will catch fire among conservative voters who may be leery of the current top-tier favorites _former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

“He impresses people because he’s committed to running a campaign that spotlights his deep feelings on issues that he feels are important,” said Tom Rath, a veteran New Hampshire Republican activist and Romney strategist.

Santorum, 53, is a man waiting for his moment at the top of the GOP presidential heap — a position that’s already rotated among Romney, Gingrich, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota and businessman Herman Cain….

…A devout Catholic and father of seven children, Santorum was elected to the House of Representatives in 1990 at age 32. He was a member of the so-called “Gang of Seven” House GOP freshmen who rankled House leadership in both parties by highlighting check-writing abuses by their fellow lawmakers at the now-defunct House bank.

The House bank scandal — which ensnared several Democrats and a few Republicans — helped lift the career of Gingrich, R-Ga., and helped Republicans take control of the House in 1994 for the first time in 40 years…

…In the Senate, Santorum became known for his social conservatism. He led efforts to ban late-term abortions and led the unsuccessful GOP fight in 2005 to keep Terri Schiavo, a Florida woman who was diagnosed as being in a vegetative state, attached to life-preserving medical equipment.

He derided a 2003 Supreme Court decision that declared a Texas sodomy law unconstitutional, saying, “If the Supreme Court says that you have the right to consensual sex within your home, then you have the right to bigamy, you have the right to polygamy, you have the right to incest, you have the right to adultery.”

Santorum’s stances earned him a solid following among religious conservatives and a spot on Time magazine’s 25 most influential evangelists list in 2005.

It also earned him the enmity of many Democrats, women’s groups, abortion rights advocates and gay rights supporters, who disliked what they considered Santorum’s holier-than-thou attitude.

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Comments

  1. My gut is that Santorium is going to be the big “Iowa Suprise.” He might not win, but I would be suprised if he doesn’t do pretty well.

    I’d vote for him in a heartbeat if by Divine Intervention, which is what he is clearly hoping for, he wins the nomination. Even if he doesn’t, he’s a good man, and every Catholic should feel proud to have him out there living the faith for all to see, (despite what I believe was NOT a descent against Church teaching to denouce a blanket amnesty by some of the US Bishops). I denouce it too, but I’m still “pro immigrant”, just in other more ordered ways.

  2. I’d vote for him if Obama decides to retire and the Democrats put up Bashar al-Assad as their candidate……

  3. It’s about faith… unless it’s about immigration. Or poverty. Workers’ rights. War. Peace. Access to health care. Then it’s about politics and money.

    I’m not fooled, and I won’t be cajoled into voting for someone because they, too, happen to be Catholic. After all, we share a place at the Table with Robert Mugabe, too.

  4. I hope he surprises. Though he doesn’t have the status of a frintline candidate, I hope he gets a respectful position, just because. Just because I have always liked him and the fact that he’s a good man. Hopefully he’ll have a position in the next administration if he wants it.

  5. He is a true conservative, a devout Catholic, an unwavering protector of the unborn, very knowledgeable on foreign affairs, he has solid proposals to get us back on track, and he’s a nice guy. He will do well if people will listen to his message.

  6. Rick Santorum is just the flip side of the same coin with Obama on the other side. This country has had enough government by theo-cons and social cons. The only difference between the radical left and social conservatives is which aspects of our lives they think they should be able to dictate. Thanks but I will pass. Time to put someone in office who actually understands what limited government means. Ron Paul is my man.

  7. No, Kenneth, I think you would still vote Democrat

  8. So if the qualifications you are looking for are these listed factors, how is that support for Obama working out for you?

    immigration – what has Obama done for immigration? He had huge majorities in both houses for two years and did nothing there?

    Poverty – under Obama, there are more people unemployed and on food stamps than when he took office. And he had both houses of congress with large majorities for two years and spent trillions most of it going to his buddies who donated money.

    workers rights – what workers. If he has given us rights, it has been at the cost of jobs. What rights do you have now that you did not have when he took office?

    War, Obama indeed did pull the troops out of Iraq and is pulling them out of Afghanistan. However, the world is a far more dangerous place now under his leadership than it was before. The next year will tell us a lot about his leadership in war and foreign policy. Peace does not usually come by appeasement of evil and evil will attack us again soon. Probably with the weapons we left behind in Iraq or with the weapons obtained in the Libya fiasco including some very bad weapons which could be soon shooting down civilian airplanes here and around the world.

    Access to healthcare was there before Obama. He has done nothing to make it more efficient, lower the costs to the consumer or the government, and we are woefully short of primary care doctors to handle ObamaCare which will probably be ruled unconsitutional. When repealed, real fixes can then be put in place.

    And yes, Obama is all about politics and he has been running for reelection since he took office since that is all he knows how to do.

  9. Mark, Go back and take a nap, when you wake up maybe your dream will come true.

  10. Thom sfo

    Right on the spot on that one. Nothing more than a Republican who use his religion at his convenience.

  11. naturgesetz says:

    Don from NH —

    I think your characterization is unfair. We have to realize that the questions of war, capital punishment, immigration, and poverty are ones where the specific application of moral principles to achieve the common good is a matter of prudence: would war be just under these circumstances; can we protect society (including prison inmates and guards) if we let this man live; what is an appropriate level of immigration and what is a reasonable way of treating those who violated our laws; what programs should we undertake for the relief of poverty, and at what level of government does our constitution place responsibility? OTOH, whether abortion should be permitted is not an open question.

    I used to spend a lot of time watching the Senate on C-Span, and I was deeply impressed at Rick Santorum’s sincerity and eloquence in defense of the unborn.

    I wish some of his positions were different, but I cannot doubt the sincerity of his Catholicism based on my awareness of him over the years.

  12. He is pro-torture and pro-war, he is not a pro-life candidate.

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