Republicans protest Obama inaction on entitlements but ignore previous proposals
As Republicans position themselves in their wrestling match with President Barack Obama, their refrain has been that the president must be the one to propose cost-cutting reforms to the government’s entitlement programs which now account for 42 percent of all federal spending. Full story
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Profile: Rick Santorum
|Full name:||Richard John Santorum|
|Date of birth:||May 10, 1958 in Winchester, Va.|
|Family:||Married to Karen Santorum, 4 sons, 3 daughters|
|Education:||B.A. Pennsylvania State University (1980), M.B.A. University of Pittsbugh (1981) J.D. Dickinson School of Law (1986)|
|Resume:||U.S. representative (1991-95), U.S. senator (1995-2007)|
Social: From the field
Data: Rick Santorum on the issues
- Jobs Santorum's jobs plan rests on a restructuring of tax rates, cuts to government spending, repealing the Dodd-Frank and Sarbanes-Oxley regulatory reform laws, and allowing increased domestic energy production.
- Taxes Santorum would halve the corporate tax rate, and reform the individual tax code. He would permanently extend current rates on dividends and capital gains, and end the estate tax. He would tax repatriation of companies' foreign earnings at a rate of 5 percent.
- Budget Santorum has said that the size of the federal government should match 18 percent of gross domestic product. He would seek changes by way of a Balanced Budget Amendment.
- Regulations Not available
- Entitlement programs Santorum suggested at a September debate that he would prefer to see Medicare administered privately. Proposed partial privatization of Social Security and raised retirement age during congressional career.
- Health care reform Santorum has pledged to repeal President Obama's health care law, and would seek to do so using the budget reconciliation process.
- Foreign policy Santorum had urged President Obama to act more decisively in Libya, and was a strong supporter of the war in Iraq.
- Immigration Santorum opposes in-state college tuition for the children of illegal immigrants, and favors making English the official language of the U.S., along with building a fence along the border between the U.S. and Mexico.
- Energy/Environment Santorum favors an energy policy using oil, natural gas, coal, and nuclear energy. He opposes new regulations on natural gas, and would allow drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR).
- Abortion Opposes abortion rights even in the case of rape.
- Same-sex marriage Santorum is a vocal opponent of same-sex marriage, and would seek a Constitutional amendment banning such marriages.
- Climate change Santorum called the notion of climate change "junk science."
Data: A look at the candidates through social media
The left panel shows how many posts expressed a clear opinion about the candidate the previous day. The right panel breaks down whether the opinions were positive or negative and shows the issue that was the biggest topic in each category.
Numbers may not add to 100 percent because of rounding. The margin of sampling error is reported at plus or minus 3 percentage points.
Rick Santorum's political life
A look at the Pennsylvania politician — his career on Capitol Hill and his White House aspirations.
- Rick Santorum's political life