Profile of the Republican Presidential candidates

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Rick Santorum

Rick Santorum is in the running as a GOP candidate and has used President Barack Obama’s unclear view of same-sex marriage to cultivate a campaign focused on strong, clear policies.
Sharon Angle, a Republican member of the Nevada Assembly, endorsed Santorum on Feb. 1. Angle stepped forward to aid Santorum just before the Nevada caucus.
Santorum, Pennsylvania senator from 1995-2006, has guided his campaign to focus on the use of domestic energy instead of relying solely on foreign fuels. A conservative Republican, Santorum does not believe in same-sex marriage. Throughout his campaign, Santorum has, on many accounts, advocated repealing and replacing Obama’s health care plan with Patient-Centered Healthcare, a plan that focuses on the patient instead of what Santorum calls “government bureaucrats.”
Santorum believes that family matters in America. A husband and a father, Santorum feels that strong families produce a strong and vibrant Nation.

Newt Gingrich

Harrisburg, Pa. is the birthplace of Newt Gingrich, who is in the 2012 race for the Republican Party (GOP) presidential nomination.
Herman Cain, a previous GOP candidate who dropped out in December, endorsed Newt Gingrich on Jan. 28. The endorsement came at a time when the Gingrich campaign began to falter financially.
“Contract with America” is the name given to the plan by Gingrich to run for Republican nomination in the 2012 presidential election. In his campaign, Gingrich focused his speech on what he calls a list of legislative proposals. Gingrich is calling to unleash America’s full energy potential in fossil fuels, biofuels and alternative energy sources such as windmills to create jobs and boost economic growth.
Balancing the federal budget is a topic with which Gingrich feels comfortable; he vowed to start a system to eliminate waste and fraud from our government’s economic growth. Robust job creation is high on this GOP candidate’s list of plans for the future. He aims to create jobs through tax cuts and reforms pertaining to government hiring of employees.

Mitt Romney

Business icon Donald Trump endorsed Mitt Romney Thursday, Feb. 2 to show his support of the Republican candidate. First-year Student Senate Class President Ryan Serdenes said, “Trump’s endorsement of Mitt Romney will likely increase his rapport among Americans.” Trump, who was thinking about running as an independent, feels that Romney has similar goals in mind.
Romney, born in Detroit, presents himself as an average American instead of a career politician. Having spent most of his career in the private sector, Romney believes he understands how these businesses operate and calls for an end to the excess spending and control of corporations.
As governor of Massachusetts, he was able to successfully reorganize the state’s economic recession and get the state on a recovery course, before leaving for his non-government position. Romney believes America’s strength will create a safer world. First-year business major Nick Clarke said, “Mitt Romney understands how businesses work and would be able to turn the economy around.” Romney’s focus for the nation is on foreign and domestic power and alliance with world powers such as China and Russia for trade and international security.

Ron Paul

Dr. Ron Paul has framed himself as a man of the Constitution in Congress and throughout his Republican campaign.
A Pittsburgh native, Paul grew up over 200 miles west of Elizabethtown College. The plan to get America back on its feet has already been written in Paul’s eyes. Paul feels it is necessary to return to the Constitution for solutions to the problems and dilemmas Americans face every day.
Paul’s campaign motto is “Restore America Now.” Paul’s first step in downsizing the government is to reduce his salary from around half a million dollars to $39,336 which, according to Paul’s site, is approximately the median personal income of the average American worker.
Steven Paul, a first-year political science major, believes in Ron Paul for president; “I would choose Ron Paul for his views on domestic affairs,” Steven Paul said. “I think we need a good domestic leader right now.” Author of several books, along with delivering over 4,000 babies as an OB/GYN, Paul has experience in multiple fields.

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  1. rosco1776 February 13, 2012 at 1:45 am - Reply

    Please research the candidates beyond these talking points.

    Ron Paul is the only candidate who doesn’t change his stance to suit his audience. Also note that he is the only candidate with a real budget submitted for when he takes office and is the only veteran. He is also the only anti-war candidate.

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