Rick Santorum
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Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Perry has been fighting to prove he exists ever since he announced his candidacy for the Republican race. After the first debate hosted on Fox, he lamented that he was asked one question and then ignored for the next 45 minutes.

The young-looking Santorum is opinionated, well-spoken, a true conservative and a staunch Catholic – all the ingredients for a good Republican candidate. But he has trouble standing out among the other candidates, and has struggled to remain afloat in the race with just 1-2% support in the national polls and little bulk to his campaign funds.

Santorum describes himself as a supporter of Israel and, as many of his fellow candidates, has lambasted President Barack Obama over the latter's policy on the Middle East.

Birthday
May 10, 1958

State
Pennsylvania

Previous positions
Elected to Senate in 1994, re-elected in 2000, defeated in 2006

Other information:
• Considered conservative and confrontational
• Opponent of homosexuality and abortion
• Has criticized Obama as not being supportive enough of Israel

Chances of winning party nomination
Slim

Quotes

On Obama's Middle East policy

"So Obama throws Mubarak under the bus, the new military regime in Egypt brokers a deal between Hamas and the PA and now the President rewards that by saying we’re going to go back to the 1967 borders. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist if you’re sitting in the Arab-Muslim world thinking, “Well how do we deal with this guy?”
(June 2011, campaign stop in Ames, Iowa)

On Israel

"It's our anchor in the Middle East. It's strategic ally for us. It's also -- it's also essential for the Jewish people. I mean, we can't - we can't ignore the history of the Jewish people and understand the significance to the world of having a Jewish homeland. So, it is a strategic ally for us. It is --as you mentioned, the stopper in the Middle East. But it's also a very important humanitarian place.

As long as the Palestinian Authority, as long as the others in the Middle East refuse to accept Israel's right to be there, then there can be no peace. And we should not force Israel to any negotiation until that condition is met."
(Interview with Glenn Beck, June 2011)

"The bottom line is that West Bank is legitimately Israeli country. And they have a right to do within their country just like we have a right to do within our country. If they want to negotiate with Israelis, and all the people who live in the West Bank are Israelis, they’re not Palestinians. There is no ‘Palestinian.’ This is Israeli land.” (At a campaign stop in Iowa, November 18, 2011)

On climate change
I believe the Earth gets warmer, and I also believe the Earth gets cooler. And I think history points out that it does that, and that the idea that man, through the production of CO2 — which is a trace gas in the atmosphere, and the man-made part of that trace gas is itself a trace gas — is somehow responsible for climate change is, I think, just patently absurd when you consider all the other factors, El Niño, La Niña, sunspots, moisture in the air. ... To me, this is an opportunity for the left to create — it's really a beautifully concocted scheme because they know that the Earth is gonna cool and warm.
( The Rush Limbaugh Show, June 2011)

On Obama himself
Watching President Obama apologize last week for America's arrogance - before a French audience that owes its freedom to the sacrifices of Americans - helped convince me that he has a deep-seated antipathy toward American values and traditions.
(April 2009, "Philadelphia inquirer")