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Rick Santorum 2016: 9 Facts About Political Background of GOP Presidential Hopeful

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Rick Santorum speaking to students at Valley High School in West Des Moines, Iowa, January 3, 2012. (Gage Skidmore/wikimedia/commons)

By    |   Friday, 30 Jan 2015 09:04 PM

Rick Santorum, a presidential hopeful for 2016, was elected to represent one of Pennsylvania’s congressional districts in the U.S. House of Representatives in 1990. He served as a U.S. Senator from that state from 1995 to 2007.

Here are nine facts about his political background:

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1. Santorum voted on May 1, 2002, to enlarge the NATO Alliance in a bill that also authorized military assistance to eastern European countries and lifted restrictions for assistance on Slovakia.

2. An advocate of free trade, Santorum has voted to implement trade agreements with dozens of countries.

On July 28, 2005, he voted for the Central America Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act, a bill that endorsed free trade with Costa Rica, The Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua.

3. Countering his advocacy for free trade, however, Santorum voted against North American Free Trade Agreement, stating in a Presidential White Paper dated June 6, 2011, that "NAFTA will produce pockets of winners and losers across the country. Our area is unfortunately one of the losers."

4. Following 9/11, Santorum voted against preserving habeas corpus for Guantanamo detainees. The vote was to determine whether enemy combatant status should be a judicial decision or a military decision. Santorum’s vote favored a military decision.

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5. Santorum also voted against requiring the CIA to provide quarterly detailed reports that identified detainees and their crimes, as well as the methods of interrogation used.

6. While still representing Pennsylvania as senator, Santorum voted to limit medical liability lawsuits against health care providers to $250,000. The same bill limited noneconomic damages in medical lawsuits against multiple healthcare institutions to no more than $500,000.

7. Santorum is an advocate of enforcing immigration law, and voted to build a fence on the border between the United States and Mexico.

8. He voted against establishing a Guest Worker Program that included a path to citizenship for undocumented persons who had worked in the United States for five years. He also voted against allowing illegal aliens to participate in Social Security.

9. Santorum voted to allow foreign workers to enter the United States to participate in farm work, via the creation of a national registry, as well as voting to expand the visa program to allow skilled workers to work in the country.

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Rick Santorum, a presidential hopeful for 2016, was elected to represent one of Pennsylvania's congressional districts in the U.S. House of Representatives in 1990. He served as a U.S. Senator from that state from 1995 to 2007. Here are nine facts about his political background.
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