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Rick Santorum

On April 13, 2011, Rick Santorum, a former United States Senator from Pennsylvania, announced he would 'test the waters' for a presidential run in 2012. 

Party Affiliation: Republican

Web site: http://www.ricksantorum.com/explore/

Slogan: Fighting to Make America America Again

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Track: Arizona Primary Returns

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

The map on this page shows not only who’s winning in each of the state’s 15 counties, but, using Patchwork Nation, it shows how the candidates are doing in each of Arizona's six types of county – from the Service Worker Centers to the rural agricultural Tractor Country counties. It will fill in with data as the results from the primary comes in.

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Working White Voters: Misunderstood Political Prize

Monday, February 27, 2012

The richest voters support Republicans, but the richest states support Democrats. White voters without a college degree overwhelmingly favored Republicans in 2008 and 2010, but they’re making up a shrinking share of the electorate.

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The Takeaway

The Role of Religion in Politics

Monday, February 27, 2012

On Sunday, during an appearance on ABC News' "This Week," Rick Santorum pushed his socially conservative message to new heights by denouncing the separation of church and state. Specifically, he stated that John F. Kennedy's 1960 speech supporting the split "made [him] want to throw up," and began the turn away from American values. However, some historians assert that the age-old debate over the role of religion in politics is actually quite recent, and only entered public discourse with the rise of the religious right in the late 80s and early 90s.

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Opinion: Candidate Fiscal Math No Better Than the Dems'

Friday, February 24, 2012

With the two major parties being the way they are now, there is next to no chance that we're going to avoid a level of debt that severely cuts into core spending programs, and starts to eat away at our economy.

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Who Had the Better Week—Cuomo or Christie?

Friday, February 24, 2012

Both rock stars in their own right, both trying to right their states' ships, and both building serious momentum for a potential presidential run. Every Friday, we'll look at who's week will look better on a résumé come 2016.

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Obama Campaign Jumps into Fray on Auto Bailout

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Seemingly enjoying the fact that neither Rick Santorum nor Mitt Romney supported the bailout of the auto industry, the Obama campaign is out with an ad rubbing it in. "When a million jobs were on the line...every Republican candidate turned their back," the ad says.

An NBC/Marist poll today shows a healthy  majority of Democrats and Independents support the bailout -- and a not insignificant number of Republicans do.

Michigan Republicans select a candidate next Tuesday -- but the real battleground for Obama is November, where Michigan will be a key swing state.

Michigan voted for Obama in 2008, but in 2010 elections went heavily Republican.

 

 

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The Takeaway

Rick Santorum, Satan, and American Politics

Thursday, February 23, 2012

In a talk delivered in 2008, Rick Santorum asked the students of Ave Maria University, "If you were Satan who would you attack in this day and age?" The former Senator went on to answer his own question and said "Satan has his sights on the United States of America." Santorum's statements resurfaced this week on the blogosphere, leaving many pundits scratching their heads. 

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The Takeaway

Republicans Face Off in Arizona GOP Debate

Thursday, February 23, 2012

It has been four long weeks since the last Republican debate. Wednesday's debate was a battle between two men — Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney — who are neck-to-neck in the race for the presidential nomination. How did Rick Santorum fare under duress in the 20th debate of the GOP contest? Can Mitt get his momentum back? Ron Christie, Takeaway contributor and Republican political strategist, reviews the winners and losers of the last GOP debate.

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Opinion: Ron Paul Beats Obama in Iowa—So Now What?

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

In a state critical to the President's re-election chances, a new poll finds Ron Paul is the only Republican beating both Obama and the margin of error.

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Opinion: Chris Christie Blew It on Gay Marriage

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Vetoing New Jersey's gay marriage bill was his first big lapse in leadership—and it won't necessarily help him win Republicans in 2016..

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The Takeaway

Throwing a Wrench into the Michigan Primary Machine

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

In recent years cross-voting, the practice of supporting or voting for an opposing party's second-best interest, has become increasingly popular. For example, in 2008 Rush Limbaugh hoped to dilute some of Barack Obama's momentum by founding "Operation Chaos" which encouraged conservatives to vote for Hillary Clinton. And now with Michigan's open primary, the Daily Kos is calling for Michigan Democrats to vote for Rick Santorum in order to make things difficult for Mitt Romney.

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Schoolbook

New Rules Planned for School Vending Machines Nationwide

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

It's too soon to tell whether the switch to healthier food in school cafeterias -- and in school vending machines -- has had a discernible effect on childhood obesity in New York City. But now the Obama administration seems to be following in New York's footsteps and is considering imposing similar vending machine rules on all the nation's schools, The New York Times reports on Tuesday.

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Opinion: In Michigan, Democrats for Santorum

Monday, February 20, 2012

While nobody loves Mitt Romney, there are two groups who love Santorum's candidacy: The radical religious right…and liberals.

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Santorum Beating Romney Despite Homecourt Advantage

Monday, February 20, 2012

Despite growing up in Detroit — and Rick Santorum's anti-bailout speech to the Detroit Economic club — the most recent polls from Michigan have Mitt Romney trailing Santorum by an average of six points. Romney has tried to curb Santorum's upswell by outspending him three to one in advertising. Given the indecisiveness of the race thus far, whether or not Romney takes Michigan could be a turning point in the nomination.

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Opinion: Why Progressives Should Be the Willing Culture Warriors

Thursday, February 16, 2012

The more the Santorums of the world fight for the world of yesterday, the more they are being left out of the plans for tomorrow.

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The Takeaway

Republicans Duke It Out with Attack Ads

Thursday, February 16, 2012

With the Michigan primary almost two weeks away, Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum are waging war against each other through televised attacks ads. On Wednesday, Rick Santorum responded to a Super PAC funded Romney ad that claimed he was a "big spender" by depicting Romney as "Rombo." A Mitt Romney look-a-like, "Rombo," is seen shooting mud with a machine gun at cardboard pop-ups of Rick Santorum.

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Opinion: The GOP's Gender Gap is Real—and Poses Big 2012 Problems

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

The GOP has had a continuous and serious deficit in the support it receives from women in the United States. The contraception debate hasn't helped.

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Opinion: Obama's Budget Bait

Monday, February 13, 2012

With momentum in his favor, Obama needs to keep doing what he's doing: setting a trap for the GOP presidential hopefuls.

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Opinion: Has CPAC Jumped the Shark?

Monday, February 13, 2012

At the risk of sounding like every hipster in history: CPAC used to be so much cooler.  Man.

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Santorum, Romney, Gingrich Make Their Pitch at CPAC

Friday, February 10, 2012

On Friday Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney, and Newt Gingrich each addressed the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington, DC.

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