Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) – Republican presidential contender Rick Santorum said he used to make people take a test before they could work on his staff during his time as a Pennsylvania senator and seemed to suggest he may institute the practice once more if elected to the nation's highest office.
Santorum was responding to an audience member who asked for more details on personnel in a potential Santorum administration.
"I did this when I was in the United States Senate," Santorum began. "I always–I had actually a test that I would give people that would come into the office to find out what their thinking was, how they saw the world on a variety of different subjects. I wanted people who worked for me who shared the same values structure that I do."
"You want people in the foxhole with you fighting for limited government, fighting for traditional values, fighting for a strong defense."
The conservative candidate who puts family values at the core of his campaign said he wasn't ready to share more specifics on exactly who he'd like to tap.
"I don't like to name names because then they report it," he said as he gestured to the media riser.
He would say, however, there's not one candidate from the current GOP crop who he wouldn't want working for him.
"I can look at every person there and say there is a place for each one of these people in my administration, and I'd feel very comfortable."
"I wouldn't put Ron Paul as Secretary of Defense. But ya know," he said with a laugh.
He added that there's "an appropriate place for each person, and it'd be different for each one" based on their strengths.
As for what he looks for in a VP?
"Someone who would do exactly what I would do and do it hopefully better than I would if I wasn't able to continue in office."
Santorum was speaking to a room of roughly 200 Iowans at the headquarters for Nationwide Insurance in downtown Des Moines.