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US GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum to speak in Rockwall Oct. 8

ROCKWALL – Republican U.S. Presidential candidate Rick Santorum will be the featured speaker at the Rockwall County Republican Men’s Club breakfast this Saturday, Oct. 8.

The now $6 breakfast meeting begins at 8 am, with Sen. Santorum speaking at about 9:30 am. Guests are welcome to attend.

The regular location has been changed to the Rockwall City Place Center, 108 E. Washington St, next to Rockwall City Hall, to accommodate a larger crowd.

The former three-term U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania will be attending other campaign events in the DFW area the same day in Grapevine, Dallas & Keller.

Considered a strong social and fiscal conservative, Santorum was called the winner of the Sept. 22 Fox News/Google Republican Debate by a number of political reporters after he aggressively attacked Texas Gov. Rick Perry for his views on illegal immigration.

Their exchange was one of the most memorable highlights of the debate.

After Gov. Perry explained his reasoning for providing in-state tuition rates to illegal college students, stating his now famous quote:

“If you say that we should not educate children who have come into our state for no other reason than they’ve been brought there by no fault of their own,” he said, “I don’t think you have a heart.”

Santorum then interjected:

“Governor Perry, no one is suggesting up here that the students that are illegally in this country shouldn’t be able to go to a college and university. I think you are sort of making this leap that, unless we subsidize this, the taxpayers subsidize it, they won’t be able to go. Well, most folks who want go to the state of Texas or any other state out of state have to pay the full boat. The point is, why are we subsidizing it?”

Pushing harder, Santorum brought up – for the first time in any of the debates – the fact that Perry once considered a bi-national health care plan with Mexico.  “I mean, I don’t even think Barack Obama would be for bi-national health insurance,” Santorum said.

The Fox moderators then gave Perry an opportunity to respond.  “I’ve got one question for him,” Perry asked.  “Have you ever been to the border with Mexico?”

“Yes,” Santorum said.  Hearing Santorum’s answer, Perry said, “Then you weren’t paying attention.”

Santorum formally announced his run for the Republican presidential nomination on ABC’s Good Morning America on June 6, saying he’s “in it to win.”

While not currently considered a top-tier candidate with Gov. Perry, Gov. Romney and Herman Cain, he’s been quoted as saying that he is running “a grass-roots campaign.”

Santorum was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1990 at age 32 from Pennsylvania’s 18th District, located in the eastern suburbs of Pittsburgh. He scored a significant upset, defeating seven-term Democratic incumbent Doug Walgren.

In 1994, at the age of 36, Santorum was elected to the U.S. Senate, defeating the incumbent Democrat, Harris Wofford.

Santorum was defeated 59% to 41% in the 2006 U.S. Senate election by Democratic candidate Bob Casey, Jr.

A practicing Catholic, Santorum has attracted support and criticism because of his strong views against same-sex marriage, homosexuality, and abortion. His views are presented in his 2005 book, It Takes a Family, published by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute of Wilmington, Delaware.

The candidate and his wife of 21 years, Karen, are the parents of seven children: Elizabeth, John, Daniel, Sarah Maria, Peter, Patrick and Isabella.

By J.J. Smith, Publisher

 

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