Santorum tells summit, 'I am a value voter'
October 7th, 2011
01:17 PM ET
3 years ago

Santorum tells summit, 'I am a value voter'

Washington (CNN) - Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum struck a tone of togetherness at the Values Voter Summit on Friday, branding himself as a "value voter" that has always been a social conservative.

The former Republican senator from Pennsylvania detailed his career by highlighting the social priorities that he championed while in the House and Senate.

"I have never put social issues on the back burner, I have been out there fighting, leading the charge in Washington, D.C.," Santorum said.

The word "we" became a mantra during the speech and Santorum used it to engage the audience.

"We did it on DOMA – we passed DOMA, the Defensive Marriage Act," Santorum said. "We were able to get together on welfare reform… we ended income payments… we put time limits on welfare, we put work requirements on welfare."

"Did we sacrifice our principles," Santorum asked. "No. We motivated the public behind our principles."

The Values Voter Summit is a yearly forum held by the political action arm of the Family Research Council. First held in 2006, the event has become a platform for candidates to define their positions on social issues, including abortion and same-sex marriage.

Santorum also took aim at another GOP presidential hopeful – Herman Cain and his "9-9-9" tax reform plan.

"I know there's a plan out there that's the 9,9,9 plan. I got a better plan. It's the 0,0,0 plan," Santorum said to a round of laughs. "Zero corporate income tax on any manufacturer processor in this country… Zero corporate tax on all of that money brought back if invested in plant and equipment in this country… And zero – we will zero out and repeal every single regulation the Obama administration has put in place that is 100 million dollars in business or more."

The former businessman has dubbed his plan as a bold attempt to replace the existing tax code and replace it with a nine percent tax on corporate income, a nine percent tax on personal income and a nine percent national sales tax.

Santorum brought his family to the stage at the end of a speech in which he highlighted his wife's contributions to his career in politics.

"One of the things I always tell people when you're looking at someone and determining whether they're going to be the right person for public office, look at who they lay down with at night and what they believe in," Santorum said. "I will tell you, there is no one who is more strongly committed to the values of the people in this room… than my wife Karen Santorum."

Based on the latest numbers in CNN's Poll of Polls, Santorum is at 3%, a number that puts him at the bottom of the GOP field.


Filed under: 2012 • Rick Santorum • Values Voter Summit
soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. joy

    Hate to break it to you, Santorum, but everybody who ever voted believes they are a 'values voter'. Still not seeing one darn thing that would have you earn anybody's vote though. In fact, I can't believe you are still in the race.

    October 7, 2011 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  2. Jake

    News Flash! Not all of America shares YOUR values!

    October 7, 2011 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  3. livingston

    Being from Pa, we have experienced him. We gave him a chance and saw what he did. Then we voted him out. When he ran again we said no! Do you think he has gotten better since then? If his home state doesn't want him why in the name of reason would the country trust him?

    October 7, 2011 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  4. thomas

    Super Size Me !

    October 7, 2011 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  5. GI Joe

    The values of sticking your nose in every woman's uterus? The values of suppressing our rights to vote? The values of paying men more than women for the same job? The values of lying and spreading hate and fear? The values of low paying jobs for us and more subsidies and tax cuts for the wealthy?

    WHICH values? Have Vitter and Ensign and Sanford explain about the "family crap" you all spread all the time. DARE YOU.

    October 7, 2011 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  6. Erik

    I value his right to be conservative, but not to impose his beliefs on everyone else that doesn't hjave the same positions..

    October 7, 2011 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  7. The Real Tom Paine

    And can anyone name one significant piece of legislation he introduced, passed, and saw signed into law during his 12 years in the Senate? We paid this man almost 1.5 million dollars in salary alone during that time, and he thinks his main accomplishment is that he was a " values voter"? Waste of money, this man. Do we really need laws to defend marriage, when almost half end in divorce? He did nothing to change welfare, introduced nothing of value to those debates except a vote. Thats not leadership, thats not values, its cowardice. Being the loudest voice does not mean its the one people listen to. Santorum lost his seat by 18 points because he forgot a major value called responsibility, and it was his lack of responsibility to the people of PA that saw him lose in such a glorious fashion. He was negligent, period.

    October 7, 2011 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  8. papafritz57

    Sanctimonious Rick was paid a great salary and benefits and perks and accomplished nothing as a Congressman except to push his religious agenda and trying to make everyone believe he is holier than all of us. What he ought to be doing is getting an honest job and supporting his wife and children like the rest of us. He has never added anything of value to any of us Americans, simply took the money and lived well while the rest of us struggle to keep our jobs and pay our bills. When Ted Kennedy died, there were over 300 pieces of legislation enacted in his name. Sanctimonious Rick left nothing with his name on it.
    To the corporate, anti-tax loving value voters, perhaps you should all consider changing your ways and not expecting others to live like you do. Mr. Sanctimonious, please go home and shut up.

    October 7, 2011 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  9. Piper

    I happen to think you are right for America, First of all our children need a strong conservative Leader to look up to. I hear wisdom in your words. I like your visiton and you have my vote. I pray the Lord bless you and make His face to shinne upon you.

    October 7, 2011 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  10. Aaron

    If values mean putting further tax burden on the middle class and letting the richer get richer, yeah, Sanitarium has values.

    October 7, 2011 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  11. Al-NY,NY

    Why is this waste of time amd space still even trying? He'd lose his own state in the general election. Here's some news Rick. Ninety five percent of American's have values that are NOT yours. The other 5 percent don't care what anyone thinks. Their ideas are right and they should impose their will on everyone else no matter what. That's what it's like in countries run by the Taliban

    October 7, 2011 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  12. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    This guy is still around? He's broke

    October 7, 2011 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  13. Rudy NYC

    He's a "value voter." Isn't that coded language for saying, "I'm one of us."

    Wake up, people. The Republicans are trying to crash the economy again so that we will have to bailout the banks again. As much as either party might tell you that "too big to fail" will never happen again, do not believe. That is specifically what the Federal Reserve is designed to do. The Fed was created by a group of politicians and the world's richest bankers to protect the world's richest banks, owned by those same richest bankers.

    Why do I say that is a lie to claim that "too big to fail" will never happen again? Because the financial industry has grown to be too large a segment of our GDP. Our main export has evolved from manufactured goods to capital itself.

    October 7, 2011 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |