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January 29, 2012
The candidate took his 3-year-old daughter, Bella, to Children's Hospital. She has a genetic condition that causes an array of mental and physical problems. A18.
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May 5, 2006 | By DAVID SIROTA
OUT IN Montana, where I live, folks are learning a lot about political corruption. Our senator is a guy named Conrad Burns. After his campaign pocketed more than $150,000 from indicted GOP lobbyist Jack Abramoff and his clients, Burns has become the target of a federal investigation into the matter. But as I tell everyone who seems shocked at Burns' behavior, he's just one of a number of senators who has based his career on manipulating the system of legalized bribery that has overtaken our democracy.
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February 17, 2012 | By Matt Mackowiak
Rick Santorum was the longest of long shots when, five years after losing his bid for reelection to the Senate by 18 points, he spent much of 2011 campaigning for president in three early-primary states. But he campaigned longer and harder - albeit with less media attention, money, and staff - than any other Republican candidate. By the time Santorum barely won Iowa (as we belatedly learned), he had held nearly 400 town-hall meetings. The rise of Santorum can be attributed to several key factors: Media coverage: Santorum's universally unforeseen sweep of the contests in Minnesota, Missouri, and Colorado last week won him enormous attention on broadcast and cable news across the country.
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October 3, 2006 | FLAVIA COLGAN
AS THE POLITICAL season gets hot and heavy, there are a slew of political ads airing on Pennsylvania TV stations, but none have been so harsh as the ones in the race between Bob Casey and Sen. Rick Santorum. Santorum started his ad campaign off kindly enough, with messages of his love for seniors, as he walked around them as they were polka dancing. Now they've become increasingly harsher, with Santorum running an ad that portrays some Casey financial donors spending time in the same jail cell.
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January 3, 2012 | BY WILL BUNCH, bunchw@phillynews.com 215-854-2957
YOU KNOW what they always say - when things are going really good, they name a chicken salad after you. Indeed, these are the chicken-salad days for former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, whose rapid rise to here from obscurity in the Iowa caucus polls was celebrated yesterday when the popular Pizza Ranch outlet in Boone, Iowa, renamed an in-house creation its "Santorum Salad. " Just two weeks ago, there weren't many "naming opportunities" for a stalwart GOP culture warrior who was rejected by Keystone State voters in a landslide five years ago and then seemed mired in Iowa's single digits despite all but moving to the nation's first caucus state.
NEWS
February 16, 2008
Responses to Rick Santorum's Thursday column, "The conservative jury is still out on backing McCain. " Todd Monahan Wayne Rick Santorum's view of how Sen. John McCain's positions pose serious questions for conservatives reinforces why Santorum is out of office and McCain is rapidly gaining national support. Many right-wing conservative views are out of the mainstream and won't win elections. Pillars of the Republican Party - fiscal conservatism, strong national defense, low taxes, less government - are sound policies that will garner widespread support.
NEWS
January 13, 2012
AS A NATIVE of Pennsylvania who now lives abroad, I wholeheartedly agree with John Baer's explanation of Rick Santorum's landslide defeat in 2006: "Pennsylvania got to know him. " Baer's statement that Rick Santorum wants to outlaw gay marriage, though, actually downplays the former senator's extremism. If he had his druthers, Santorum would outlaw gay sex between consenting adults. In discussing Lawrence v. Texas, an ultimately successful challenge to an anti-sodomy law, Santorum said that a Supreme Court finding in favor of "the right to consensual sex within your home" would be equivalent to a right to bigamy, polygamy, incest and adultery.
NEWS
November 1, 1994
Teresa Heinz is one of those rarities in American politics - the widow of a revered U.S. senator who was cut down tragically before his time; a woman of immense and liberating personal means; a semi-celebrity, who hasn't squandered her impact by over-exposure. So when she speaks as the voice of moderate Republicanism, as the guardian of the flame of her late husband, John Heinz, people listen. They listened closely a few years ago when she stood up for an embattled Sen. Arlen Specter, making a crucial television appeal that helped blunt a stiff Democratic challenge after he'd grilled Anita Hill.
NEWS
March 19, 2012
OK, THIS SANTORUM thing's starting to look scary. Not for Democrats. They'd love to see Rick as the Republican nominee. The Democratic National Committee last week pushed a news-media conference call on why Mitt Romney's "wrong for Pennsylvania," clearly suggesting a preference to run against Rick. But GOP leaders must be antsy. Going into tomorrow's Illinois primary, Mitt holds a mere single-digit lead over Rick despite outspending him by a reported margin of 7 to 1. This means the man who coined "man-on-dog" remains an apparent alternative to the man known for dog on roof.
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January 12, 2015 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Politics Writer
Rick Santorum won the Iowa Republican caucuses in 2012 with a sweater vest, a gray Dodge Ram 1500 pickup, and a prayer. That catapulted him to a sustained state-by-state battle with eventual GOP nominee Mitt Romney and made him a hero of the right. Now, poised to run again, Santorum finds himself facing a crowd of competitors for the loyalties of social conservatives - former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a Baptist preacher who won Iowa in 2008, and others. Potential Republican presidential candidates are moving fast to recruit the party's big-money bundlers of campaign cash and billionaires who can endow a supportive super PAC. They're putting together campaign teams and staking out ideological turf in the developing field.
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April 26, 2016
I REGISTERED as a Democrat in 1980, shortly after I turned 18. I was fairly apolitical, and picked that party because I (wrongly) assumed that most of my relatives were registered with the party of JFK. We were Catholics, after all, mostly working class and old-world ethnic. It was only later that I learned my Italian grandparents were registered as Republicans, who nonetheless crossed party lines to vote for Kennedy. My other grandmother was a staunch Democrat, but I didn't really like her very much for reasons having nothing to do with politics and everything to do with the fact that she insisted on buying me polyester pantsuits as presents, so my devotion to the Dems was tenuous at best.
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April 19, 2016
By Brian Rosenwald Sen. Pat Toomey has won plaudits for his moderation, and to some he might appear to be the latest in Pennsylvania's proud lineage of moderate Republicans senators. But in Toomey's case, the label belies his record. When assessed by Common Space DW-Nominate scores, a scholarly metric that places legislators' voting records along an axis - negative 1 being the farthest left and 1 the farthest right, though Common Space does not assign labels - Toomey amassed the most conservative voting record (.643)
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March 7, 2016 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, POLITICS WRITER
HOLLAND, Mich. - John Karsten, former Marine, stood at parade-ground attention and asked Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Republican candidate for president, to settle an argument. "We love you, but my wife says it's a waste of a vote," said Karsten, 79, a Dutch immigrant who serves as town crier for the annual Tulip Time festival. "So can you convince me to vote for you and that it's not a waste, because we feel bad about that. " Kasich, who has yet to win a primary or caucus, vows to stay in the Republican race at least until March 15, when his home state votes.
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February 5, 2016 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, POLITICS WRITER
HOOKSETT, N.H. - On the day before Iowa's Republican caucuses, Rick Santorum went to a Pizza Ranch, a fitting end to the campaign because of the hundreds of events he staged at the chain's restaurants. But Santorum finished 11th, just ahead of "other," in Monday's caucuses, four years after winning them in a dramatic 34-vote upset of Mitt Romney. On Wednesday, the former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania canceled a planned tour of South Carolina and ended his campaign for the nomination.
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June 21, 2015 | By Maddie Hanna and Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Staff Writers
Gov. Christie tried Friday to win over Republican activists gathered in Philadelphia to hear from several presidential hopefuls, casting himself as a terrorism fighter who wouldn't shy away from blunt talk in a run for the White House. In remarks spanning a half-hour, Christie emphasized his background as a federal prosecutor after the Sept. 11 attacks - experience he said would set him apart in the 2016 field. Of the declared or potential candidates, "you are looking at the only one who has actually used the Patriot Act," he said.
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May 29, 2015 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Politics Writer
CABOT, Pa. - Rick Santorum, a former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania who was the runner-up for the 2012 Republican nomination, announced his second presidential bid Wednesday with a vow to fight for the forgotten American worker. "Working families don't need another president tied to big government - or big money - and today is the day we're going to begin to fight back," Santorum, 57, declared, flanked by his family, including six of his seven children, at a factory here near his boyhood home.
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February 11, 2015 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Politics Writer
Not long before Thanksgiving 2011, at a forum in Iowa where the moderator challenged Republican presidential candidates to "bare their soul," former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania said he had not always loved his youngest child as fully as he should have. Isabella Maria - "Bella" - was born with an extra chromosome in every cell, a rare genetic disorder known as trisomy 18, and doctors told her parents the condition was "incompatible with life. " "I decided that the best thing I could do was treat her differently . . . because it wouldn't hurt as much if I lost her," Santorum said, choking back tears.
NEWS
February 5, 2015
LET'S TALK ABOUT two who'll never be president: Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee. Both show up in a Quinnipiac poll released yesterday. Both trail Hillary Clinton in Pennsylvania by 20 points. And that's because, if you listen to them lately, both still play to states that run north/south in the middle of the country. I know polling for a race a year away is mostly a test of name ID. I don't buy the inevitability of Hillary in 2016 just as I didn't in 2008. But two things I'm fairly certain of: Candidates with limited regional support can't win the White House; and candidates consistently selling intolerance and self-righteousness shouldn't win the White House.
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January 12, 2015 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Politics Writer
Rick Santorum won the Iowa Republican caucuses in 2012 with a sweater vest, a gray Dodge Ram 1500 pickup, and a prayer. That catapulted him to a sustained state-by-state battle with eventual GOP nominee Mitt Romney and made him a hero of the right. Now, poised to run again, Santorum finds himself facing a crowd of competitors for the loyalties of social conservatives - former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a Baptist preacher who won Iowa in 2008, and others. Potential Republican presidential candidates are moving fast to recruit the party's big-money bundlers of campaign cash and billionaires who can endow a supportive super PAC. They're putting together campaign teams and staking out ideological turf in the developing field.
NEWS
July 19, 2014
ISSUE | FAIRNESS TEST Three-letter word Phil Goldsmith raises issues that need to be raised in addition to increasing state support for the School District ("Cigarette tax the best we can do?" July 13). Most local politicians' reluctance to stop tax breaks for developers has cost the schools and city much, as has Philadelphia being the only city without a tax on large, successful nonprofits. We should join others in having a payments-in-lieu-of-taxes program. But even so, that doesn't remove the constitutional responsibility for funding education from Harrisburg.
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