Skip to comments.Santorum promises to ban abortion, discharge gay soldiers and abolish the 9th circuit
Posted on 11/05/2011 11:36:00 AM PDT by NYer
Republican presidential candidate former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum speaks during a Republican presidential debate Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011, in Las Vegas.
Republican presidential candidate and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum laid out an ambitious social policy agenda on Friday during the first in a series of three policy speeches he will deliver over the coming weeks.
The program Santorum outlined, the Des Moines Register reports, would include reinstating “dont ask, dont tell,” pursuing a constitutional ban on abortion, enforcing the Defense of Marriage Act and abolishing the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which has traditionally been liberal-minded.
While other presidential candidates have mostly focused on economic policy, Santorum began the speech by focusing on social policy, describing the two as inextricably connected.
The economy is inextricably linked to the moral fabric of this country,” Santorum proclaimed. “And we can’t have a real solution-based conversation about fixing the economic problems in this country without faith and family being a large part of that conversation.”
The family, he said, is a necessary building block for fiscal goals.
You cannot have limited government if you have broken families because someone has to pick up the pieces, and the ones who pick up the pieces are the taxpayers, Santorum said.
Santorum said that using the power of the executive branch, he would separate abortion and family planning and restore a ban on abortion referrals, as well as re-institute the “Mexico City Policy,” which prevents taxpayer funding or promotion of overseas abortions. (RELATED: Santorum aide: Cain should be more forthcoming on allegations)
He would also ban federal funding for embryonic stem cell research and would ask Congress to implement several laws to that effect. He additionally pledged to repeal the mandate included in Obamas health care reform that provides contraceptive services, and promised to veto any bill providing funds to Planned Parenthood.
Santorum added that he would defend the Defense of Marriage Act from court challenges, ban same-sex marriages on military bases and demand that Congress restore the “dont ask, dont tell” policy.
Though his socially conservative message appeals to a significant number of Iowa caucus-goers, it hasn’t significantly aided his poll numbers. In a Des Moines Register poll of likely caucus participants released last weekend, Santorum was in sixth place with five percent support.
“...ban abortion, discharge gay soldiers, and abolish the 9th circuit...”
Which of these does the executive branch have the power to do?
That’s a good start.
All of them, by good appointments and leadership.
And if I am elected president I promise to put a chicken in every pot and a car in every garage.
In the meantime, we’re slipping into economic totalitarianism and kids are being taught straight-up Marxism.
Santorum has a good message, but a bit tin-eared for our time.
santorum is dangerous.. if he can get rid of the 9th circuit would u be happy if obama did it to a republican leaning circuit? u would flip... he should only do what constitution allows. which is to fill vacancies with senate approval.
By these statements he shows how little he cares for separation of powers and how desperate he is to attract a little attention before he flames out.
Promises, promises, and good ones too, but fulfilling them will require more than a willing president. What a president can do is shrink the size of government and government interference, and help revive this nation, so we can start reversing bad economics and cultural degeneracy. It is going to take a conservative president working with a conservative Congress to save this country, and it won’t be easy.
It’s a bit late to win over hard core conservatives with fresh red meat. Smells like pandering. I like Santorum, but I think he should serve well in a cabinet position before running for pres.
Not in the office of president. Setting up and abolishing federal courts is the job of Congress, not the president.
Me too. And more than a little charisma-challenged.
I, agree very WEIRD!
Santorum is a solid guy and a true Conservative. It’s mystifying how too many Republicans take someone elses word that he’s unelectable. If he is the nominee he’ll get my vote. Here in PA our primary is so late we have no say.