Ronald Reagan once said, “If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under.” For years, politicians across the country have completely ignored the former President’s advice. Amidst the current upheaval over social injustice, wouldn’t it be refreshing to have a Republican candidate who didn’t?

One man who could provide this is the former Pennsylvania Representative and Senator, Rick Santorum. A native of Virginia, he grew up mostly in Pennsylvania, attending Penn State for his undergraduate degree and Dickinson School of Law for his J.D. He served as a representative for Pennsylvania’s 18th district from 1990-1994, when he was elected as a Senator.

Rick Santorum 3As a devout Catholic, he supports traditional marriage and helped defend the rights of the unborn by passing legislation banning partial birth abortion. Along with defending religious freedom here in the United States, he has the foreign policy experience from his time in the Senate to defend it in the Middle East.

While in office, he was a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, where he fought to pass the Syria Accountability Act (called for an end to Syrian activity in Lebanon and the cease of their support of terrorism) and the Iran Freedom and Support Act (appropriated funds to support a regime change in Iran). A leader with the moral backbone to fight persecution at home, and the balls to fight it abroad is what this country needs.

Santorum plans to restore the “hollowed out” middle class by giving jobs back to the Americans that have been undercut by illegal immigrants, and provide incentives for free enterprise to renew the manufacturing sector. He claims on his campaign site that by renewing the manufacturing sector, he will “ensure that our nation isn’t just made of innovators, but of those who can produce those innovations.”

But does Santorum have the support required to beat one of the strongest fields of Republican candidates to date, and eventually (most likely) Hillary Clinton? The answer is yes. Unlike any of the other candidates running, Santorum received over 4 million votes in the primary last election, winning 11 states without ANY Congressional endorsements. The field is historically crowded, and Santorum is only polling at around 2-3%, but that’s the exact same percentage he was polling at during the summer when he made his run last time. Don’t sleep on Santorum.

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Randy Larsen was born in Oklahoma but has lived in Huntingtown for 17 years. He is a Huntingtown High school graduate who will be an incoming freshman at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, where he plans to run Cross Country and major in Biochemistry. Besides being a staff writer for the Patuxent Post, he works at Windmill Farms Nursery and a local produce stand. In his free time, he enjoys playing sports, attending baseball and hockey games, fishing, and going to the beach.

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