Interview with Rick Santorum: A Champion for the Family, Manufacturing Jobs



imageFormer Senator Rick Santorum met me at Baby Boomers Café in the East Village area of Des Moines, IA on Monday to discuss his character, convictions, values and thoughts on a variety of issues that have been present in this campaign.

We discussed the toll campaigning has taken on his family and how he protects his integrity in the process – how he guards his heart, (Proverbs 4:33).  I also asked what is at his core, what are the hills he would die on.  He replied there are too many of them, but did list a few.  In relation to his comments on poverty last week and how broken families are a primary cause we discussed what, if anything, can be done at the federal level.  This led to a discussion of while there are limitations on what can be done via the legislative process much can be done from the platform the President of the United States has.

He shared ways the prolife agenda can be advanced, and what areas of spending he would cut.  In light of President Obama sending up to 100 troops to Africa we discussed the circumstances he would be willing to deploy troops.  He wants to secure the border, but is leery of sending troops into Mexico like Texas Governor Rick Perry suggests.  With building a physical fence he did express concern over the property rights of those whose property extends on both sides of the border.  He wants to repeal Race to the Top.  He’s not a fan of the gold standard though he does want a return to sound money.  He also discussed his “zero-zero-zero” plan to help revitalize the manufacturing sector to give them the incentives to create more jobs.  He also shared his thoughts on the Penn State-Iowa series in football (Hawkeyes have won 8 of the last 10).

You can watch the interview below:

 

Bonus videos – I had problems uploading some of the videos from his campaign event on Sunday.  I wanted to share two videos from the Q&A session he had.  One are this thoughts on national security as it relates to Iran and Islamic terrorism, and the second he answer’s Tea Party activist, Lynn Rodgers’, question “why should I get behind you?”

 
 

 

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  • http://anziulewicz.livejournal.com PolishBear

    On his plan to defund all federal contraception programs:

    “One of the things I will talk about, that no president has talked about
    before, is I think the dangers of contraception in this country. It’s not okay.
    It’s a license to do things in a sexual realm that is counter to how things are
    supposed to be. [Sex] is supposed to be within marriage. It’s supposed to be for
    purposes that are yes, conjugal…but also procreative. That’s the perfect way
    that a sexual union should happen. This is special and it needs to be seen as
    special.”

    And by the end of this month the human population will exceed SEVEN BILLION.

    • http://caffeinatedthoughts.com Shane Vander Hart

      How about this – if you want to have sex outside of marriage or if you don’t want to have kids – you pay for the contraceptives.  It’s not the government’s job.  Personal responsibility anyone?

      • Argon

        Health plans cover Viagara and fertility treatments, FWIW.Personal responsibility is about using contraceptives. Personal responsibility says nothing about ability to afford them or whether they should be covered by health packages. That latter is about policy, not morality.

      • http://caffeinatedthoughts.com Shane Vander Hart

        It’s not my responsibility as a taxpayer to pay for others contraceptives, that is what I mean by the term.  I don’t agree with federal funding for Viagara or fertility treatments either.

      • Argon

        Right. No taxpayer has the responsibility to directly buy contraceptives for someone else. However, you have the responsibility to pay taxes. 

        The key point isn’t responsibility but preference. You’d prefer that it not be the government’s job. Fine. But in reality, that’s what the government is doing. Myself, I might prefer that people pay out of pocket for their own heart bypass operations or yearly dental X-rays, or mammograms. I might even think it’s a matter of personal responsibility that people should be told to crawl off into the woods to die if they can’t come up with the cash for life saving treatment (rather than contribute to the national debt). I might prefer that dependents and children can’t be used for tax deductions on federal tax returns. However the government has taken on responsibility for many expenses I don’t prefer. But that’s part of living in a country — we’re all in this together.

        As a Catholic, Santorum may despise contraception, but so sorry, we as country have chosen to provide such services. And spending on contraceptives bothers me not at all.

  • Brian Hynes

    How are so many people so intellectually dishonest as to consider voting for someone more consistent with Indirha Gandhi than Gandhi himself?

  • http://twitter.com/DiggerDoggg Hank Kelly

    Thank God, Santorum will never come close to even sniffing the Presidency.  He sees himself as the self appointed saviour of western civilization from the evil gays.  His obsession with the issue is disturbing.

    • http://caffeinatedthoughts.com Shane Vander Hart

      The fact you took the time to come over here and comment specifically on that one issue which he mentioned only once in a 45 minute video shows me that you’re more obsessed about it than he is.

      • Argon

        That’s a non-sequitur, Shane.

      • http://www.facebook.com/mrDJEB Douglas J E Barnes

        In Shane’s defense, I think he doesn’t know what an informal fallacy is.

      • http://caffeinatedthoughts.com Shane Vander Hart

        Oh wow, how original to call somebody you disagree with, albeit in masked form, stupid.

      • Argon

        Everybody makes mistakes. We routinely don’t see things in overselves as clearly is in others, particularly if we have strong emotional attachments.

        “Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam isin thine own eye?”

      • http://caffeinatedthoughts.com Shane Vander Hart

        My point is that he is no more obsessed with the topic than the other side.  What real point was this person trying to make?  All he wanted to do was come over here and demonize Senator Santorum.  Both sides are obviously passionate about this issue.

  • SueStorm4565

    Rick Santorum is this generation’s David Duke.

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