Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick
Santorum has announced that he'll run for president in 2016.
Santorum came in second in the 2012 GOP
presidential primary season, having won primaries and caucuses in 11
He told The
Washington Post that he was being underestimated.
“America loves an underdog. We're
definitely the underdog in this race,” he told the paper.
The Post noted that Santorum
should benefit from his 2012 organizing. His grass-roots operation,
Patriot Voices, boasts 150,000 activists.
Santorum added that this time around he
would broaden his message beyond his socially conservative base to
reach blue-collar voters.
“Part of what I had to do last time
was lay out my bona fides” on social issues, he said. “That's
However, even during his 2012 bid
Santorum, an ardent opponent of gay rights, attempted to move beyond
hot button issues such as gay marriage but was quickly pulled back in
by current events. And while many believe that a Supreme Court
decision sometime next year will settle the issue, that's unlikely to
quell the debate.
Here's a recap of Santorum's anti-gay
rhetoric from the 2012 campaign trail.
same-sex marriage because a paper towel is not a napkin: “I can
call this napkin a paper towel. But it is a napkin. And why?
Because it is what it is. Right? You can call it whatever you want,
but it doesn't change the character of what it is. … Why? Because
there are certain qualities and certain things that attach to the
definition of what marriage is.”
marriage equality because a tree is not a car: “It's like going
out and saying, 'That tree is a car.' Well, the tree's not a car. A
tree's a tree. Marriage is marriage.”
marriage equality because a napkin is not a car and a paper towel is
not a chair: “This is a napkin. A napkin is what a napkin is.
It isn't a paper towel. It isn't a car. You can call a napkin a
car, but it doesn't make it a car. You can call a paper towel a
chair, but it doesn't make it a chair. Marriage is what marriage is.
It existed before there was the English language or a state.”
the gay community waged jihad against him over gay marriage: “The
gay community said, 'He's comparing gay sex to incest and polygamy.
How dare he do this.' And they have gone out on a, and I would
argue, jihad against Rick Santorum since then.”
gay sex is a sin: “Of course, the Catholic Church teaches that
homosexuality is a sin. I'm a Catholic and I subscribe to the
Catholic Church's teaching.”
shattered America's traditional values: “Our traditional values
shattered,” the male announcer in the ad The Only One said
as a bride walks down the aisle with the caption, “Obama praises
New York on same-sex marriage.”
DADT repeal a “tragic social experiment”: “What we are
doing is playing social experimentation with our military right now –
that's tragic. I would just say that going forward we would
re-institute that policy, if Rick Santorum was president.”
gay soldier Stephen Hill: “I condemn the people who booed that
soldier. That soldier is serving our country. I thank him for our
service to our country. I'm sure he's doing an excellent job.”
rights of gay Iranians: “They're killing people because they're
gay, which is a grave moral wrong.”
his life against allowing gay couples to marry: “The battle
we're engaged in right now is same-sex marriage, ultimately that is
the very foundation of our country, the family, what the family
structure is going to look like. I'll die on that hill.”
gay people have equal rights: “I have nothing against gay
people. They have rights of every other citizen.”
annul all marriages of gay couples: “Their marriages would be
invalid. I think if the constitution says, 'Marriage is this,' then
people whose marriage is not consistent with the constitution.”
of being asked questions on gay rights: “I think I've answered
that question probably more than any other candidate. On
preoccupation with these questions with me can be a little trying
after a while. I mean, I don't think you ask these questions of
everybody else with the insistency that you do with me. And I
understand the game. I mean, you know, you're trying to create, you
know, the perception that this is what Rick Santorum talks about,
because I get asked these questions all the time.”