Rick Santorum: We Need to Repair Relationship with Pakistan
GOP candidate tackles your questions
- Duration 5:46
- Date Nov 1, 2011
GOP candidate tackles your questions
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Republican presidential candidate and former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum.
The senator is joining us now from Iowa right senator.
From Pella -- it's great to -- -- good to have you with -- thanks for being with -- I want to ask you first about the the controversy engulfing the -- campaign.
These are you know.
Separating yourself from another candidate is what this campaign is all about you have been critical of him in the past for his stance on abortion.
Are you defending him now.
Blob I you know I don't know all the facts don't think we know all the facts yet -- what I what -- can say is that.
You know there is there's something to be said for having a candidate in the race to who has been in front of the national public guy who's got the scrutiny and I've run 55 races and three statewide races in Pennsylvania and been under the national spotlight and have had to answer all the questions and all the issues that had done a background look at all of those things and you know there's there's -- there's a disadvantage to that because you're not new -- not fresh in some respects and in the sense that your new person not on the scene.
But there's an advantage that you've been tested and that and he's been able to weather those storms and now I've we've all had our difficulties with.
With issues and they tell you whether those that really will make will make the measure of the candidates.
You have said the government benefits should not go to people who enter this country illegally is that essentially directed at Rick Perry.
Well now let's say it's been my position.
Had a consistent voting record -- I was -- United States senate not voting for.
For benefits for people who are here -- like -- the son of an immigrant.
My father came to this country with my grandfather when he was it like my dad was a -- There were no government benefits even for illegals.
In this country they came because America and America was enough.
That was enough to have the opportunity the freedom to be here and to be able to pursue your dreams and and that's what I what I'm saying is that let you know let's let's go let's go back to the up to the the idea that we can come to this country.
Participate in the and -- in the great opportunities that America provides.
That should be enough for for people and not provided extra benefits particularly if you're not here legally.
You've said that there should be no corporate tax for companies that make things here in America.
How do you pay for -- -- Well you pay for -- because you're gonna bring a lot -- manufacturing jobs back to this country and now you're gonna have all sorts of salaries and and and the multiplier effect more for manufacturing larger.
Than any other sector of the economy.
The other thing is that they they've manufacturers pay a lot more there.
About 20000 dollar difference between a manufacturing job in America.
And other all the other jobs out there so what you're talking about here is is really re energizing made in America bringing the bringing the opportunities for those who.
Who create products and there's still a lot of innovation going on in this country.
But the products of that innovation aren't made here and that means that money that is that is really being made at the top end of the income scale isn't trickling down to the workers.
And this is a real opportunity for us just to get those workers and solid employment.
And you'll see this economy -- what -- -- tax revenues.
Question on foreign policy from a viewer named Paul Abbas wants to know it seems that Pakistan is sharing nuclear bomb info with Syria that's one of the headlines today.
What would you do this office.
Well they'll look we we have we've got a a real parting of the ways and sports -- this administration with Pakistan.
And you know this is this is a very critical ally.
We've done some things to Pakistan for example with respect to sourcing of products and -- things going on within the within Afghanistan.
That have gone primarily to India they haven't been -- into the Pakistani economy.
We've done some things -- to strain that relationship and frankly they dumps it thinks it's radars.
And that we need to repair that relationship.
-- to have a lot more cooperation between our military and our intelligence services.
-- -- -- things don't happen -- obviously if this is the case.
You know it's another stress of this relationship but.
We have to repair this relationship it's not want.
That we can -- to go live to go to -- Pakistan as a nuclear weapon there's a lot of Bob lot of concern about.
-- growing not islamists is nation and in the in the for the body politic there and we can't let that happen under I'm under our -- or the next one.
Take captain wants to know this if you were elected president would you undo the executive orders.
The President Obama has been issuing of -- I -- -- you know that the president has it's so funny in the last election.
The the president -- Obama was thrilling President Bush were for all of his imperial presidency and using executive order sent.
I he's making he's making book look like and it bush look like amateur what it comes to executive orders and and and just doing things that are counter to up for example not enforcing the defense of marriage act and not even.
Even try even bringing they the case to court and defended it in court.
I mean he is is really abused the power of the presidency.
And and I I believe that we should not have SARS we should have these these executive orders that bypass the congress -- things that are clearly.
Under congressional purview and I would repeal those and not eliminate.
I was dog eyes tell everybody that there at the top but -- -- last and I can make that place because we're not gonna have a he's ours and -- -- senator Rick San.
-- former senator from Pennsylvania Rick Santorum now running obviously for the Republican nomination good to have you on thanks for joining us today happening now.
Thanks -- my pledge for the rest.