Presidential candidate Rick Santorum says the contest for the Republican nomination remains wide open and he believes his campaign is progressing. Santorum also told Fox News’ Sean Hannity Monday that although he believes children of illegal immigrants should be allowed to go to U.S. schools, their educations should not be subsidized.
“There’s some peaked interest in some of the ideas and some of the experience and some of the, you know, some of the record of the people who are on the, quote, ‘second tier.’ So, I think this race . . . it’s a wide open race,” Santorum said. “And I’m very, very excited about it — I think we’ve been sort of the tortoise in this race, slow and steady. And we haven’t had our big moment in the sun, but we continue to sort of keep picking up, picking up, and picking up — and that’s the kind of progress you want to make.”
Hannity played a video clip of an exchange between Santorum and fellow presidential hopeful Rick Perry at last week’s Fox News/Google GOP debate where the former Pennsylvania senator took the Texas governor to task for subsidies to help children of illegal immigrants get educated in the state.
Perry said opposing education subsidies shows a lack of compassion; Santorum disagreed and on Monday outlined his reasoning.
“I have no objection of people from Mexico coming to the University of Texas — no objection to people from Canada coming from the University of Texas — they should pay a higher rate,” Santorum said. “So, I’m not going to penalize people in this country and not allow them to go to schools when we allow people from outside the country to come in to go to schools. So, no, I don’t think anyone is suggesting that — but they have to pay the rate that in fact subsidizes the in-state people for their lower tuition.”
Hannity asked whether Santorum believed if students are in America illegally they should still be allowed to get a higher education.
“I’m talking about higher education — higher education — we allow anybody around the world to come in to our schools,” Santorum said. “I think what upsets people — certainly upsets me —is that he would suggest that somehow we’re heartless if we don’t subsidize people to go to school.”
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