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Rick Santorum (Withdrew)
Rick Santorum

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Born in 1958 in Winchester, Virginia, Rick Santorum first entered politics in 1990, during a run for the U.S. House of Representatives representing Pennsylvania's 18th congressional district. Considered by commentators to be a long shot candidate, Rick Santorum shocked experts by winning the then election and replacing seven term Democrat Doug Walgren.

Becoming popular by spending more time in state rather than at Washington, Rick Santorum quickly became a rising star of the Republican Party, particularly after deciding to take a hands on approach to tackling corruption in the Democrat controlled house. As a result, Santorum was successful in 1994, in replacing Democrat Harris Wofford in the U.S. Senate.

A catholic and conservative, Rick Santorum marked his 1995-2007 time in the senate by adopting a pro-life stance in all debates concerning abortion. At the same time, Santorum supported the teaching of intelligent design in U.S. schools and was a staunch supporter also of the George W. Bush administration's approach to U.S. Foreign policy.

Serving on the Senate Agriculture Committee, the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs and the Senate Committee on Aging, Rick Santorum also acted as chairman of the Senate subcommittee on Social Security and Family Policy.

However, in 2006, Rick Santorum's then re-election campaign ran into considerable distress after he not only chose to refer to George W. Bush as a “terrific president,” but was also forced to defend past comments and his own previous political positions on a number of subjects. Controversy then mounted in regard to Santorum's actual state of residence.

Loosing his re-election campaign, 2007 saw Rick Santorum return to primary work as a lawyer and political consultant. However, Santorum also began to make a name for himself as a political commentator.

Supporting John McCain in the run up to the 2008 presidential election, but only after McCain choose to appoint Sarah Palin as his running mate, Rick Santorum announced his own running for the 2016 presidency in May 2015.

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