Santorum's Stance on Gay Marriage, Foreign Policy
GOP candidate joins 'Special Report' All-Star panel
- Duration 6:55
- Date Oct 19, 2011
GOP candidate joins 'Special Report' All-Star panel
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And we're back with our panel plus senator -- guest former senator Rick Santorum.
Charles senator opponents of -- you marriage frame -- position -- -- defense of traditional marriage.
Given that rates of divorce.
Had illegitimacy have been rising astronomically for half a century.
In what way is opposing.
Gay marriage in defense of traditional marriage well.
Just because something is in trouble and has been in trouble clearly through no fault divorce laws -- -- -- for -- -- said you know that was a mistake that He made when He was in California starting that bandwagon.
Just because an instant.
Mission is is hurting you don't you don't execute it you don't get rid of and -- what.
Well -- and executed because what it's it basically takes something that is.
I thought I always talk about you know hey it you can you can call a dog or cat it's not -- marriage is something it's it's it's from time immemorial and a union between a man and a woman it is.
Institution you can't read the fine because it is something natural -- Of men and women or.
That's coming together having children raising those children for the benefit of society and it's it's always been that way it is what it is two to redefine it.
-- destroys it.
Because it becomes.
It becomes something that is just a relationship between two people and of course you know trust marriage is more than just a relationship between two people that it is critical earns a society.
It's for that -- for the raising the nurturing of children it's for having their biological bond which is so important for that for the -- it's bringing mothers.
You know I've got seven children charts and guess what.
My wife has a different influence on my children then I did because because of gender not just because of who we are.
And that's important for children -- and we as a society should want to give children the best chance.
And this is the best chance having strong marriage having a president goes out talks about the importance economically socially for the for the benefit of children.
That's what we should be focused on instead of you know if people want it to -- -- -- legal rights for other people that's their business but don't.
Don't mess with this it and it just vital institution of our country turn to flood the world.
Okay you said that we need to win the war in Afghanistan is getting a little lonely up on that stage for you.
Jon Huntsman Ron Paul Haley Barbour speaking for growing number of Republicans who agree more and more it's time to leave Afghanistan.
Analytic govern itself.
What can you tell the American people about what -- that would -- already on the war.
What your plan is -- different plan.
Two win there and what is your definition of victory.
Definition of victory -- very clear that the Taliban and the forces that that radical islamists.
Are not a factor.
-- that there always be some existence as there are is in this country some existence of those who -- radicals.
But it's not a factor in and threatening the stability of the government that's victory.
How do you get there you don't get there with political -- -- -- get there with a commitment to success in deploying the resources that are necessary.
With the rules of engagement necessary to be successful.
And that doesn't necessarily mean.
That we're gonna have a a government structure that's in place right now may be -- very different government structural may be more.
Related to I'm a confederation of states as -- of stronger central government.
There's a lot of things we can do as far as had a week.
Get to a conclusion a stable Afghanistan.
But the objective has to be to get there because if we don't have that objective.
Then the enemy has something that every enemy always wants hope.
And -- those who are our allies have something that they desperately need which is the confidence that will be there to the job's finished.
President Santorum how does He react to deal Ronnie and the -- -- and plot to kill -- Saudi ambassador on US soil and the nuclear program ago I've said this from the very beginning enough of my involvement in Iran which just started with the Iran freedom support act which I introduced with no co -- by the way in 2004 no one would agree.
That what we have to do is to go and work with the the the pro democracy folks within Iran to overturn this this government this government.
Will not and cannot be negotiated with they are radical islamists.
They are fear cracks they are -- -- who believe that is their destiny.
To to fulfill they had that -- that the profits and and at twelve months vision of of -- global control of of the world for radical Shia Islam some military action I didn't -- -- military action is always they last at this it has to be on the table but I think there's lots of things we can do.
For example we had a president 81 find out about this plot than what his presence -- -- -- -- Santorum puts together as presidential would have been doing this before day one.
I would have for example -- strike -- One of the things that that is going on right now is their strikes within Iran.
-- that who are not supported because they don't have the resources to be able to.
To sustain that strike did to help bring down the government we can support these these entities within Iran.
The revolution take place instead of doing what the president did two years ago which is basically stiffed them.
And say you know well -- gonna sort of back off for not gonna comment on this we're gonna sort of side with the government that this was a legitimate election.
And the revolution was crushed it would not be under -- under Santorum administration.
Politics -- -- -- -- to -- back to politics and go back in place for you something that you -- in 2008 heat of the 2008 campaign.
-- -- If -- conservative they're really it was all in one place to go right now.
I would -- -- farther -- that if you're a Republican.
If you're Republican and -- endemic in the broadest sense there is only one place to go right now and that's and that's -- -- Obviously things have changed.
Last night you said twice that Mitt Romney was a liberal and once you call them -- -- so which one is it and do you have credibility on these -- -- got a lot of credibility on and I I waited -- five days before Super Tuesday to endorse anybody.
It was after the Florida primary -- February 1.
And there are two candidates left in the race that I thought had a chance of winning there was a third Mike Huckabee is a great candidate but I didn't think.
He had I didn't see the path for him to get there so it was down to John McCain or Mitt Romney.
In my opinion heavy -- John McCain's work for twelve years hot Mitt Romney was the conservative between the two.
So it's it's not necessarily who's the absolute conservative.
But between the two that He was the conservative end.
And I would say and that the best chance for us to win that was four years ago.
We we now have center -- center stage obamacare as one of the most important issues in this election.
And with governor Romney on the ticket.
We give that issue weigh in fact -- more than -- that issue when -- it becomes a liability for us.
That's something that we can't have --