Rick Santorum: Transcript of ABC/Yahoo News Exclusive Interview

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JOHN BERMAN: --faith. I mean, can-- can-- you know, can you have faith and good virtue-- sorry, can you have good virtue and honesty without faith, without being religious?

RICK SANTORUM: Of course. Of course. But it's harder. I mean, no society in the history of the world, that I'm aware of, has-- has been-- a country that has been virtuous as a ma-- en masse without faith as a component. I mean-- are there people who are-- who are not believers, who are virtuous and good people? Absolutely.

But as a society-- it doesn't exist as-- as-- as a rule. And that-- the main way that people li-- learn virtue and morality is through faith. And-- and so, that's-- that is a very important component-- for-- for our society. I-- John Adams said, "Our constitution," which-- allows for enormous-- I mean, grants and recognizes enormous freedom for-- for people. He said, "Our-- our constitution was made for a moral and religious people. It's wholly inadequate for the governance of any other."

Why he said that was that if people are not living virtuous lives, guess what happens? Governments gets bigger. I mean, they-- you know, you go into any neighborhood where people are not behaving well and you will see police presence. You'll see-- you know, government agencies trying to support and prop up-- you know, people and families and communities. You can't have limited government and not have people who are living good lives.

JOHN BERMAN: On the subject of virtue-- one of your competitors, Herman Cain, has come under fire this last week, week and a half now, on the subject of women who have claimed some degree of sexual harassment. Four different women now, at least reports of four different women, in-- including one who's now come out publicly, name, face, everything. Herman Cain will be talking today. What do you need to hear from Herman Cain?

RICK SANTORUM: I-- you know, I think that's-- that's a decision the public has to make. It's not a decision I'm making. I-- I know who I'm for, for president. And so I-- I-- I'm gonna go out and-- and communicate a message as to, you know, why I should be president of the United States. And every other presidential candidate has that burden, whether it's-- whether it's on the issues or whether it's your past record, whether it's your-- what-- what character, your family, whatever. All those things are-- are issues that I talk about and that I answer questions on all the time. And all the other candidates are gonna be held to account for-- for their positions and-- and what they've done in their life.

JOHN BERMAN: Troubled by them at all? I mean, Mitt Romney called the allegations, the recent ones, particularly disturbing.

RICK SANTORUM: Look, obviously, they're-- they're very troubling. But-- these are things that-- I mean-- they're allegations. Herman has his opportunity to sell-- tell his side of the story. And the American public can make a decision. I've already made my decision. I'm for Rick Santorum. And-- that's-- that's where I am.

JOHN BERMAN: We've had-- thousands of people writing into ABCNews.com and Yahoo News with questions for the candidates. I'm gonna let you choose your own adventure here. (LAUGH) They-- they've written in questions on many different subjects. Choose tax policy or partisanship.

RICK SANTORUM: Tax policy.

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