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Friday, January 6, 2012

Rick Santorum Riding High And Into The Spotlight

Sen. Rick Santorum at a campaign stop with college students in Concord, N.H. on  Thursday. (AP)

Sen. Rick Santorum at a campaign stop with college students in Concord, N.H. on Thursday. (AP)

But next week, Republicans in New Hampshire go to their primary. How will Santorum’s socially conservative message do with the Granite State’s libertarian leaning voters?

College students in Concord pressed him about his opposition to same sex marriage, which is legal in New Hampshire. “So anyone can marry anyone else?”

Students yelled out “Yes!”

From gay marriage to birth control and more, we look at Santorum’s position on a host of issues.

Guest:

  • John Micek, political reporter, The Morning Call in Allentown, PA

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  • annahanson

    Only a correction, it was mentioned Mr Santorum was from Southeastern PA (the greater  Philadelphia area) when in fact he is from the Southwestern
    area. This is notable as the difference between these two area is polarized as fire
    and water.

    • Ksundt

      It looks like Mr. Santorum lives in Penn Hills, which is in fact in the Southwestern part of the state.

      Thanks for the note!  
      -Kassandra, Web Producer

  • Karyn

    Listener Charlie said:
    Your mention of Santorum talking about blacks and welfare is perpetuating a myth. It was a transcription error. His speech was garbled, but fom the context its clear he wasnt referring to blacks at all. Listen yourself and you will see. NPR should stop repeating this error. There is plenty to dislike about Santorum without resorting to distortions.

    Producer Karyn Miller-Medzon here — Rick Santorum has in fact denied that he said “black” when making his comment.  He says that he stumbled on a word and started his sentence over.  Here’s a link to Santorum’s comments:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JgLMghcPDVs

    Thanks for your comments,

    Karyn

  • BHA in Vermont

    If Mr. Santorum thinks birth control should be illegal, perhaps MR. RICH GUY will pay to raise all the unwanted children born to married heterosexual couples who can not afford what it costs to raise each child to adulthood.

    • J Frog

      You’ve truly put your finger on the problem.  The difference between the “wanted” and “unwanted”.

  • dennis

    Karen Santorum’s  miscarriage  was an induced delivery at 20 weeks and would probably be illegal under his proposed policies.
    http://oursilverribbon.org/blog/?p=188
    or the other view:
    http://lisagraas.com/blog/2012/01/04/karen-santorum-did-not-have-an-abortion-and-rick-santorum-did-not-authorize-one/
    But your use of the term miscarriage overlooks this very questionable choice that they were permitted to make.

  • Debbie Hahm

    He’s wacko.  Period.  Frightening that he has a blip of a chance to win.

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