An Interview With Rick Santorum

Bookmark and Share  Rick Santorum recently sat down with the editorial board of New Hampshire’s Nashua Telegraph newspaper.

For over an hour, Senator Santorum answered substantive questions about the issues and on topics ranging from  healthcare to Iran, and energy to education, Santorum proved that he has a command of the issues and is certainly worthy of consideration for the Republican presidential nomination.

For those of you who are truly interested in where the candidates stand and really want to know about all the candidates, I suggest that you find the time to watch this interview.  It provides you with a true sense of who Santorum is and how he would lead us if given the opportunity.  To view the interview in its entirety, click on the image link below.  Below that you will find a synopsis of the questions and answers in the interview.  While it serves as a handy summation, it does not have the full impact that the actual video of the interview has.

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Welcome to The Telegraph’s Editorial Board interview with Republican Senator Rick Santorum.

Q: What role should the federal government take to make health care more affordable?

A: I think the federal government makes health care less affordable…. With government control comes potential for waste, fraud, misuse.

On Health Care: Take car insurance, which is supposed to cover an accident, not routine items like oil changes. … Health care is the exact opposite. Health care covers everything right now … Don’t insulate the consumer from the price.

Q: Your tax reform plan is pretty affordable. Would it generate enough revenue?

A: Lower the tax rate, but create a broader base, by closing loopholes in the tax code. … Need more manufacturing jobs.

On taxes: In order to attract manufacturing jobs back you can eliminate the corporate tax for manufacturers. … We can get jobs back here that are higher paying.

On energy: I was just up in the north country. The northern pass is a big deal up there. My response is ‘lets build more power plants in this country.’

Q: Are the any areas that should be off limits to oil drilling?

A: Yes, but it’s not ANWR. (Artic National Wildlife Refuge). … That’s a coastal plain not one of the mountainous regions of Alaska as it’s portrayed to be.

On Obama: He’s accomplished what he wanted by being an absentee leader on important issues. … That’s not what the economy needed.

Santorum: There’s a failure of leadership in the White House.

Santorum: The president acts like a politician running for office, not a sitting leader. That has had a poisonous effect on the country.

Santorum: Republicans want to shrink government, not increase spending.

Q: On illegal immigration: What do you do with people who have been here for decades with jobs and families?

A: We shouldn’t be raiding homes, but we should be enforcing the law.

Q: What about a Romney’s plan?

Santorum: Well that’s a classic Romneyism. He changed his position because he’s running in a conservative Republican Primary.

Comment From John
How does Senator Santorum plan on helping America’s veterans who are unemployed after returning home? The unemployment rate for vets is currently a staggering 14%

A: That’s a huge problem. … It bleeds over into homelessness, suicide, unemployment.

Santorum: We have to stop that. I’m the only one in the race who wants to increase the number of people in the military.

Santorum: I’m all for tightening the belt, but I’m not in favor of reducing defense spending.

Q: How do you envision military action in the future, more like Iraq and Afghanistan or more like Libya?

A: Libya was unique because I don’t think there was a national security interest there. … The whole point of our military action was humanitarian. It was basically to stop a massacre.

On military: The next big issue is Iran, and what do we do about that situation. … Iran with a nuclear weapon is the same as Al Queda with a military weapon.

Santorum on Iran: We need to invigorate the pro-democracy groups in that country.

Santorum: Under president Obama, we took a neutral position at best.

Santorum: If you are a nuclear scientist working in Iran, you should be treated as any other enemy combatant against the united states.

Comment From Kevin
Senator Santorum voted against NAFTA. But the general Republican consensus is that free trade is a net plus both economically and in terms of spreading Western values. What is his trade philosophy?

A: I wasn’t convinced NAFTA was good for my District (Pennsylvania) and I was greatly worried about Mexico as a trading partner.

Q: What should the role of the federal government be in education?

A: Very limited… One of the biggest regrets I have is voting for No Child Left Behind. … Federal control of education goes up as the increase in funding goes up.

On education: We have 5 kids and home-schools them. Academic performance is only one indicator.

On education: The education system was built around the time the Model T Ford was being built. … We built a factory for education. … The factory is not build to educated your child, its built to educate children.

On college: The idea that all students should go to college is ludicrous. Not everyone needs to go to college.

On education: Pumping money in to a system that is producing a large amount of failure is not working.

Q: Does you support the teaching of creationism in schools?

A: Kids in schools want to know where we came from. They are told scientific facts about that, but they are not allowed to have a discussion or debate that might contain the word “God” or “creator.”

Q: What about entitlement reform?

A: I think we need to get our house in order and get our deficits down. We need to have revenues match expenses…. In my opinion, we’ve missed our window. Now we have to fix it.

Santorurm in closing: I bring experience, confidence, and charisma … and I plan to be the next president of the United States.

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