What is Rick Santorum's view of abortion

Ascended like a comet

Ascended like a comet

The new “anti-Romney” of the Republican presidential primaries is now Rick Santorum. The arch-Catholic and arch-conservative former senator is now leading the national polls and could put Mitt Romney in trouble.

WASHINGTON. Rick Santorum loves controversy. When demonstrators show up at his election rallies, he is in top form. For example, on a cold winter's day in Manchester, New Hampshire. On the spur of the moment, the former senator moved his speech from the warm Italian “Belmont Hall” restaurant to the parking lot so that everyone - including his opponents - can hear him. "Mister Santorum, why do you hate homosexuals?" Asks a man from the audience. Another yells: "Do you want to marry me, Rick?" The candidate can not be confused. He laughs - not embarrassed, not tormented like Mitt Romney, but real. Like someone who looks forward to a good discussion and then says utterly unbelievable things with a cheerful expression.

Enjoyment of the Kulturkampf

Santorum steadfastly defends his rejection of gay marriage, explains why he is against abortion even if he is rape or why the pill overrides the "natural order" and should not be paid for by health insurance. He enjoys making comparisons between the equality of homosexual unions and the acceptance of polygamy and sodomy. Or signals to women that they are best left behind the stove. Like his Karen, who gave up her legal career to not only raise seven children, but also to teach them.

The candidate sees himself as a "warrior of God" who is eager to start a new culture war. Not as cheerful as the Baptist preacher Mike Huckabee four years ago. But also not as bigoted as Newt Gingrich, whose résumé does not really fit his morally sour squad. Born into an Italian immigrant family in the Catholic industrialized state of Pennsylvania, Santorum is what it is. An arch-Catholic and conservative warrior who would like to undo the changes of the 68 generation.

In front of all elevations

Unlike Romney, he feels at home with the fundamentalists. These now make up a third of the Republican supporters and are considered their most loyal voters. They gave him an unexpected hat trick at the caucuses in Missouri and Minnesota and the Primaries in Colorado in early February. Santorum rose like a comet in the polls and is now ahead of Romney in all national surveys. From the experts' point of view, this was a sensational rise for which there are few role models in history.

"Mitt Romney has lost his most important argument," is how columnist E. J. Dionne sums up the state of the race, in which the Republicans repeatedly favored a new applicant and then returned to the Romney chosen by the party establishment. To someone the Conservatives do not love, but who was considered the most promising candidate to beat the hated incumbent. "It is no longer certain that he still has the best chance."

Contested Michigan

Romney's image has suffered too much in the past six weeks of the election campaign. Its negative values ​​are 54 percent, while Santorum benefits from being a largely blank slate despite its past in Washington. The previous leader is fighting in the primaries in his native Michigan for his political future as a candidate. A defeat there at the end of the month would be a huge setback.

Surveys signal exactly that. In the home of General Motors, Santorum benefits not only from the fundamentalists, but also from the class struggle that has broken out within the Republicans between tea and cocktail parties. The conservative working class, who can't do anything with the fine and wealthy Romney, has in Santorum someone who comes from a small family.

Unlike Romney, the 53-year-old lawyer neither provided the blueprint for Obama's health care reform nor supported climate protection. "This is a made up story," the lawyer for local coal railed against an environmental policy that was only there to restrict the freedom of Americans. The ex-senator never distanced himself from George Bush, whom he always defended in the Senate. With his promise to bomb the nuclear facilities in Iran, he also makes himself popular with the neoconservatives.

Romney in a dilemma

Romney has little to say against Santorum. He cannot brand him as a right-wing "warrior of God" without making himself the moderate, which he absolutely does not want to be in this primary campaign.

Santorum knows that. And instead of responding to attacks by Romney's election machine, he runs a TV ad that has proven to be effective. An actor resembling Romney fires a rifle at a cardboard Santorum. The attacker, who is hiding behind the pillars of an underground car park, misses his target. In the end he jams and stands there with a thick stain on his white shirt. Not only Santorum laughs at this.