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Now in Right Field: Rick Santorum

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Late last week, a familiar face officially jumped off the starting block in a race he knows well.

Senator Rick Santorum, the runner-up to Mitt Romney in the 2012 GOP nomination, is taking a second crack at the White House after a solid finish three years ago.

The longtime social conservative carried 11 states in 2012, giving him a good foothold in a field that could have more than a dozen candidates before summer’s end. When Fox News hosts the first debate on August 6, the stage will be a crowded one.

But that doesn’t faze Rick. “In January of 2012, I was at 4% in the national polls, and I won the Iowa caucuses,” he said to naysayers.

With a hometown crowd cheering him on, the Senator told Pennsylvanians: “Today is the day we begin to fight back.”

Although most of his speech focused on broader themes of the American worker and “the excesses and indifference of big labor, big government… and big business,” Santorum did hit the right notes on values issues. “Every life matters: the poor, the disabled, and the unborn,” he insisted, before asking Americans to help him “drive a stake through the heart of Common Core.”

During his time in the Senate, Santorum also made a name for himself with foreign policy — a record that will do plenty to boost his profile these days. While Senator Santorum didn’t tackle the issue of marriage in his opening act, he’s been a staunch advocate for the institution — never backing down, even when many in his party tuck tail and run.

In an interview over the weekend, Rick was asked about the Supreme Court’s upcoming ruling and what the GOP should do if it doesn’t go their way.  “I think it’s important to understand that the Supreme Court doesn’t have the final word,” he pointed out. “It has its word. Its word has validity. But it’s important for Congress and the President, frankly, to push back when the Supreme Court gets it wrong.”

Would he fight a bad decision, “Meet the Press” followed up?

“Of course I’d fight it. Roe v. Wade was decided [years ago], and I continue to fight it because the Court got it wrong. And I think if the Court decides this case in error, I will continue to fight, as I have on the issue of life. That’s the role of a citizenry. We’re not bound by what nine people say in perpetuity.”



 

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