Interview with Rick Santorum

The GOP presidential candidate on his path forward.
10:14 | 02/12/12

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Transcript for Interview with Rick Santorum
-- -- -- Rick Santorum who shook up the presidential race again with his clean sweep across Missouri Colorado and Minnesota Tuesday night. That earned him front page headlines millions in new campaign funds and a shout out on Saturday and lives. I'll tell you this sure wouldn't want to be Rick Santorum right now with all that pressure and expectations. And the attention and so on. -- popular with the party's base than the other candidates of that no thank you. And Rick Santorum joins us now senator good morning and congratulations on those wins Tuesday. Thank you very much Sharon's thank the folks to Colorado Minnesota Missouri that was quite -- shot in the -- well I guess is three steps forward a couple back yesterday Mitt Romney took the straw poll at the C -- conservative conference in Washington. He beat out Ron Paul in the Maine caucuses you were back -- -- disappointed. Now I mean we didn't really disparate men at all on the governor Romney went up there Ron -- obviously this was the state he thought he could win and -- doctor the Paul people they still think they can when there's a big caucus at that they had to vote next week and they they actually think they can still win that. That was not a place we were gonna compete we've been I want come out here in California and we'll be in Washington and Idaho North Dakota Michigan. Released a lot time in Michigan and Arizona and those are up next and that's really been focusing on is Michigan next -- is that your must win. -- it ought I think we can do well there I mean the early polls have a some pretty good shape I think we can be reasonably well on Arizona. And you know really make this. Two person race and -- we saw that and and in Maine we and we ended up with 18% really having not -- -- there -- done anything in Maine. Which was three times you know we're we're the speaker was and we feel like we can do exceptionally well again and in Michigan and Arizona and again compete with governor Romney -- -- those -- mention the possibility of the two person race Mitt Romney is still tie you together. With -- -- Gingrich coming out of those caucuses on Tuesday night here's -- he said. Senator Santorum and and speaker Gingrich. They are the very Republicans. Who acted like Democrats and when Republicans act like Democrats they lose and and and Newt Gingrich's -- he had to resign. And Rick santorum's case they lost by the biggest margin of any senate incumbent -- -- eighty. You're smiling right there but every time the Romney campaign has turned his guns on a candidate they go down. Well that's pretty funny for Mitt Romney -- not act like a Democrat you know. That the question I get most often from the national media and that's -- conservative -- to be elected president. Well because of -- -- Mitt Mitt Romney is the author of -- Romney care which is the biggest government expansion in the history of the state of Massachusetts and was the the template for for Obama care he's supported cap and trade at the -- in Massachusetts -- You've it was for the Wall Street bailout -- IDs he ran as to the left of Ted Kennedy in 1994 -- -- for him. To suggest that that I'm I'm not the conservative in this race and others. You reach a point we're desperate people do desperate things and and I think governor Romney now as you know another candidate is come up to challenge him in this time. And he's having trouble find it out how to how to go after someone who is a solid conservative. Who's got your great track record of attracting independents and Democrats and winning state as a conservative. You know governor Romney what he wanted ran his race ran as -- moderated and masters that's five and it's tough state. And you know people ought to do what they have to do to win but why I stood up and vote and and -- for what I -- war. And I've won four races -- lost one that's pretty good. -- 2016 BUU in some ways rejected the label of conservative -- your own campaign ads. And we want to show part of it right here in 2006. I just love read the newspapers this Paper and -- say the real problem with Rick Santorum is he's too liberal. They didn't like by legislation calling for a raise in the minimum wage and the White House probably -- -- a lot of things I fought their efforts to cut it -- -- So you look at the spending on Amtrak funding the raising. Of the minimum wage or less some are also starting to point -- your vote to raise that Judge Sotomayor Sonia Sotomayor president Clinton's pick to the circuit court of course she ended up. On the Supreme Court. Yeah outlaw of course you know out that was that we ran in Philadelphia. Amtrak funding the support of Philadelphia you value what to do things for your state. That are important and that -- -- -- was very important same thing minimum wage. As you know I've voted against minimum wage increases repeatedly. But there was well there was minimum wage increase when the -- wage got way below what. What the normal as I'm not against them and wage although I haven't -- -- around he's done. Which is to go -- -- and index the minimum -- again that that is a very bad idea oh absolutely can't do that had. Let's talk about driving wage inflation that's a very bad idea when. When the minimum wage straps or certain allow bought it and its use -- -- a floor about 7% of wages. At minimum wage I've supported -- -- increase in the back up to make sure that stays above that level so there is in fact a minimum wage but when you index said. You're not talking about a minimum wage -- about it and a an index that's gonna drive wage and flight why did you -- voted to raise. Bring Judge Sotomayor to the circuit court of -- is a big fight back in 1998 in the majority of Republicans were against that. Yeah -- what might my feeling was when it comes to anything really -- Supreme Court justices. Unless this candidate is -- is really out of the mainstream completely out of the mainstream. I'm I'm district courts and circuit courts I give great deference to the present Supreme Court why because. You know the Supreme Court could overturn what what happens at a Circuit Court what happens in a district court. And so I I I take advise and consent -- a looser when it comes to those nominations obviously the Supreme Court there's nobody that's that that really get a a better job -- highlighting. The importance of these nominees work harder for. And even -- circuit courts that they can go back and look at you know I fought for President Bush's nominees under the same grounds as -- voted for president Clinton's nominees for the Circuit Court. Which is that the president should have broad discretion when it comes to these lower courts -- won the election he gets the chance to nominate people if you want if you want different people on the court. Elected different president supreme -- a different matter that's that's the final arbiter and that's when you draw the line. You -- a lot of eyebrows with some of your comments about women those comments the other -- about women. In combat where he suggested that shouldn't shouldn't happen because of the types of emotions involved and your -- at the -- of men. -- who are -- alongside. The women but also in your book it takes a family where you seem to suggest that a lot of women feel pressure to work outside the home because of radical. Feminism and what do you say to those who worry. Believe that those kind of comments are -- -- alienate women make you eight easier candidate to beat in a general election. Well that that section of the book was co written if you wanna be the -- Bob -- my wife who is an arsenal lawyer. When she gave up that practice -- she gave up you know nursing. And -- to race fans a family. I mean she she felt very much that society was sort of in many cases look down their nose at that decision and and all I've said is and and and talking with my wife and others like her -- -- given up their careers that they should be -- -- their decision like everybody else and that. These are choices and they're tough choices you know I I grew up -- -- home when my mom and dad both work. This was back in the fifties and sixties. And which is very unusual my mom actually made more money than my dad. So I grew up -- a home where that was something that that was a given women in the work place and and something that that I obviously accepted. But I I think it's important that that women both outside the home and inside the home. Our firm for their choices they make. That they are in fact choices and society you know. Treats them and and a -- equally for whatever decision in the -- he said no but you also wrote the book that radical feminists have been making the pitch to justice demands that men and women. Be given an equal opportunity to make it to the top in the workplace is not something that everyone should value. Yeah I I have no problem I don't know -- that's a new quote for me I don't know what context that was given -- The bottom line is that people should have equal opportunity to rise in the workforce and again -- If you read it read the entire section I don't think -- why have a problem of the fact that what I was calling for. Very clearly calling for -- is a treatment of an affirmation of whatever decision when -- decide today. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- President Obama. What is your case right there. Well it a bit -- case says I've got the most money. Well of course in the fall if market have most money he's been able to -- and and these early primary states by you know beating the tar out of his opponents by -- five -- one on television. Let's not going to be the case that that person is going to be the best opportunity yet to be Barack Obama. -- someone who's got the best record somebody who has the best plan and somebody can make Barack Obama the issue in this election has failed policies everything from foreign policy. To what he's done to this economy and and that's that's really why I think we're in the best position to look at the national polls now. They'll actually have me running ahead of governor Romney with respect to how what and who can do better against Barack Obama I think the more people see us and see our record. You know take the distortions that are out there and give us the opportunity to sort of say okay now. Now look at what the truth really is we're gonna do just fine and and I I feel very confident that we're gonna win this race. And that we're gonna want to defeat Barack Obama have someone in place. I was going to be able to do the things that are necessary to bring this country together. Get this country working again and make sure that we're safe and our allies are folks that can depend on us and -- and we will stand with them to make the world safe for play plan -- -- -- -- a few weeks -- -- you're gonna release your tax returns actually got a chance to go home and review them. Are they coming out this week. Yeah they are coming out this week. I got apologize for that we had a little Bobble with my daughter going in the hospital and we didn't quite get the things done that I wanted to because she was sick that weekend. That was supposed to go home and take care my taxes but we've subsequently done that and we're just running them through the traps to make sure I've got all the right papers at the right time in. They'll come out maybe even tomorrow but certainly the next couple of days senator Santorum thanks very much your time.

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