Sen Rick Santorum
In the 2012 Republican presidential nomination race, Santorum finished a surprising second behind the eventual nominee, Mitt Romney, capturing eleven states and 234 delegates – even ahead of libertarian icon Ron Paul and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich. This was achieved in spite of his record defeat (by an 18-point margin) for an incumbent in a Senate election in 30 years and his “Google-problem” – instigated by gay activist Dan Savage’s web campaign in 2003, which sought to popularize an alternate definition of “Santorum”, in retaliation to Santorum’s equating the issue of gay marriage to bestiality and pedophilia.
Santorum however, has never been one to shy away from a controversy. A passionate and opinionated man, even his critics readily admit that this articulate socio-fiscal conservative believes in his own convictions, and never plays to the gallery.
His stances on national security, economy, social issues and opposition against the gay agenda mirrors those of the Republican conservative grassroots, and being one of the few openly religious top level politician in the party accords him a strong claim on the religious base of the GOP. Santorum captivating oratory skills and charisma lends further weight to his credibility as a potential candidate.
SOURCE – The Politics and Elections Portal