Rick Santorum's 'Path' to GOP Nomination
GOP candidate joins 'Special Report' All-Star panel
- Duration 7:32
- Date Oct 19, 2011
GOP candidate joins 'Special Report' All-Star panel
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Tonight we welcome Republican presidential candidate and former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum to our center seat.
Senator thanks for taking the -- -- it's great to be here look.
Engaged in now -- all right let's start quickly about understanding where things stand right now.
You've made no bones about the fact that Iowa's going to be key to your strategy.
The latest Iowa poll -- NBC poll has you at 3%.
As you look at the list there with Mitt Romney point 3%.
Then we had the third quarter fund raising.
And the list of folks again gaining money the left side is the money received.
And then you have cash on hand in the second page you can see.
You trail here at 704000.
For the quarter what is your path for supporters who say can this guy win.
That the path is a path that has been taken by many people.
And which is to go out there and worked very hard on the grassroots level build a team.
Get the kind of support from from key interest groups which we are in the process of doing.
And and surprise people on on not on primary day that's that's in the pass from -- one.
It's -- grassroots strategy it's what it is working well for us we get we have we have.
And about seventy county so far in Iowa far more than everybody else when you see our polls at 3% -- those polls don't mean anything to me at all I mean I I've heard this from folks from Iowa heard this from folks in New Hampshire.
This race breaks late let it -- have showed a poll two weeks ago.
And -- three weeks ago Herman Cain would have been -- 4% he's now at 30%.
There is a pew poll taken the other day that -- over half the people in the country couldn't even name one of us.
So the idea that this is anywhere near sat is just absurd and I'm just gonna keep going out focusing in and I hope you guys keep talking us down that we have no chance because we -- in -- and finished in second third -- first place.
You'll say -- -- -- this guy how proud to be fair we don't do that honest I don't you did generally speak Charles has a question about health -- you have an interesting exchange -- governor Romney last night Nicholas.
We just don't have credibility met when it comes to repealing obamacare you -- you -- your plan was the basis for obamacare here consultants help Obama craft obamacare.
And to say that you're gonna repeal it.
He just didn't have no track record on NAFTA then we can trust you that you're gonna do that.
So you're the president and you abolish obamacare and they want what you substitute or do you need -- substitute and if you do a substitute.
What's the idea of that -- is -- about.
Thank you sure everybody has access.
Or is it cost containment.
Yeah that's that was a problem with Obama -- the problem with Romney care that it focused on the -- -- When you give us will give you while give -- right track record started back in 1992 monitors to bill would Jon Casey now the governor of Ohio.
Called medical savings accounts I ran -- for the senate 1994 ran against the man who -- the author of Hillary care in the United States senate.
And I ran on a -- on a patient driven consumer driven health care system.
That that is consistent with the -- and America which is free markets build it from the bottom up.
Don't control -- from the top down.
You have to have patience involved in the transactions.
If patients are insulated from the cost of -- of health care if there is no transparency if there is no knowledge is that as to what what you're getting for the dollars -- -- expanding.
You can't have a rational health care system which are gonna had this what you have now.
Which is unfortunate insurance companies making a lot of these decisions in the private sector and of course government making the decisions on the public -- -- you've -- What we that's medical savings health savings accounts which is it's is that it well no that's the basis seven this is tort reform.
-- what are the things I've introduced over long period of time was our tax credit for the uninsured we need tax equity.
When it comes to.
How we treat people who are.
Have employer provided insurance as opposed to those who don't and as you know people who have employer provided insurance right now get a huge tax rate.
And those of us who don't who have -- -- purchase it with after tax dollars you know -- you -- -- -- depend on your tax break at 152030%.
More as a result of speaking of taxes Steve.
-- you've spent what's -- last few days assailing her McCain's 999 when you don't like you've made that point what's your plan.
Well the the plan I put together is one focus on that a sector of the economy I think is the most important sector to get revived in -- in this country you know Donald Trump made almost presidential campaign.
On trying to get jobs back here to America the job to try to get back -- manufacturing jobs we had 21% of the workforce in this country.
Employed in manufacturing when I was growing up it's now 9%.
We can get a lot of those jobs back in the sense that a lot of those jobs where were on the margin.
-- win over to to other countries.
But we can bring them back if we create a profitable environment and how do you do that -- take the corporate tax -- -- 35% can reduce it to zero.
You take the repatriated month -- -- profits over there you repatriate them if they invest in plant and equipment here in this country 0% tax.
You take all the regulations -- dealing with manufacturing that are on the books to repeal a mall and you put in place.
A overtime -- a system that is one that works with.
Finally had governor Perry's right on this I've talked about a for a long time energy very important manufacturing.
His son and grandson of a coal -- I believe we need we need coal and at affordable prices natural gas which.
Pennsylvania is now done a great job -- -- to reduce the price of natural gas one of the reasons manufactures are beginning already to come back.
Is because -- when I left the senate natural gas prices were twelve dollars and now three dollars and sixty cents.
So having stable energy prices have in a regulatory environment and tax environment.
He ended any and repatriation of profits which means having capital available with -- all know right now is a big problem.
That message is a message this is the important things not only will -- get the manufacturing sector going.
It will get bipartisan support -- spoke to the New Hampshire legislature the other day.
And I talked about this -- talked about how we can get bipartisan support.
And a couple of Democrats went over to my co chair did timber Owens said Dan we'd like to have the center come and speak and our district.
So this is a play and that that can get things done.
Get the economy going and the other thing Eric Cantor mentioned this the other day I've been talking about it for months income mobility.
One of the reasons we've seen a hollowing out of the middle of America.
Is because we haven't had jobs that pay the kind of salaries that.
That support middle income families this will create those jobs this -- create upward mobility.
This is what I think Republicans have been a little tone deaf to in this debate.
I'm not -- -- -- Okay but how quickly will those work conservatives who roundly criticized the president's jobs plan and propose instead.
Repealing regulation cutting taxes and cutting spending which economists say will not provide an immediate necessary -- the economy.
Is there any part of the president's jobs plan that you can support that -- That the presence just plan is more of the same I'm not my does flannel work because it's it will provide -- -- because.
He immediately immediately while the couple things He cut corporate taxes to zero.
Is a huge jolt for the manufacturers and one point two trillion dollars of resource is sitting out there to immediately invest in plant equipment.
We'll get the construction industry going again in this country and and -- in a very very big way in a lot of the states that are hurting the worst which is -- the industrial states in this country yet it'll turn things are.