Rather than duplicating the research well carried out by concerned Americans, I found a kind of “best of the dirt on Rick Santorum” from Nolan Chart. They deserve kudos for their thorough vetting of this big government, Washington-insider, influence-peddling, legislate-your-bedroom”, Tea Party-bashing candidate. I will highlight Nolan Chart’s main points here, but encourage you to read the entire article and then go verify for yourself.
- involved in a scandal later known as the “K Street Project”. Lobbying firms were pressured to hire high ranking Republican lawmakers and to grant GOP lobbyists with access to influential decision makers. Led by Congressman Tom Delay, now a convicted felon, the Project had associations with lobbyists including Jack Abramoff. Santorum played the role of Senate liaison to the K Street Project.
- voted to spend taxpayer money to help underprivileged children in third world countries, to pay off debts owed to the US by other nations and to combat political instability in Sudan. He voted to increase welfare programs such as Healthy Start.
- a Santorum-created charitable foundation, Operation Good Neighbor Foundation, had actually raised over a million dollars while half million dollars was paid out to as salaries and consulting fees to lobbyists and fundraisers connected to Santorum’s campaign. Only 36% of the money raised by the foundation actually made it to those it was designed to help.
- political action committee formed by Santorum. It was supposed to be raising money to help fellow Republican candidates. However, only 18% of the funds went to those candidates. Much of the remaining money was used to enhance Santorum’s lifestyle.
- voted five times to raise the debt ceiling
- strongly supported the large hike in welfare entitlement spending with Medicaid Part D.
- retail giant Wal-Mart lined Santorum’s pockets with campaign cash, in return, Wal-Mart received votes in-kind from Santorum on issues relating to overtime, minimum wages, tort reform, charitable giving credits, etc.
- strongly supported legislation that doubled the size of the Dept. of Education including the introduction of Ted Kennedy’s infamous “No Child Left Behind”.
- in 2002, Santorum wrote in a Washington Times article, “intelligent design is a legitimate scientific theory that should be taught in science classes.” However, in 2005 Santorum said on National Public Radio, “I’m not comfortable with intelligent design being taught in the science classroom.”
- Santorum is on record many times explaining that what happens in an individual’s bedroom is the business of the entire community and that private, consensual sex should be a matter of government regulation. His position is that no such right exists under the Constitution. He said, “…this right to privacy doesn’t exist in my opinion in the United States Constitution.”
- supports the prohibition of contraception
- strong supporter of the neoconservative “War on Terror.” He proposed sanctions for Syria. In 2005, Santorum sponsored a bill aimed at overthrowing the government of Iran, called the Iran Freedom and Support Act
- announced that weapons of mass destruction had been found in Iraq
- a quarter of a million dollars in money was raised for him by the executives of Outback Steakhouse. Oddly enough, Santorum strongly agreed with Outback execs that the federal minimum wage should not be increased. The Senator returned home on a Wal-Mart corporate jet.
- endorse his liberal Republican colleague, Arlen Specter, over social and fiscal conservative Congressman Pat Toomey in a senate race
- joined a Washington DC “think tank”, earning a quarter of a million dollars
One has to question whether Santorum was ever a serious candidate? I contend he’s playing guard for Team RNC to block for Romney until we get to the winner-take-all primary states. I don’t think this guy can make it past SC. It all depends how many fall for his misleading rhetoric.