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Rick Santorum | 2016 Presidential Election

Rick Santorum is running for Republican presidential candidates

Rick Santorum

Santorum has said the country must more strongly fight against the Islamic State in the Middle East. He said the United States should end allowing those born in the United States. to automatically be granted citizenship, despite the parents’ immigration status. He has also proposed reducing legal immigration by 25 percent, arguing that illegal and legal foreign-born workers are depressing the wages of U.S. citizens. He has proposed a flat-tax plan of 20 percent on personal income and 20 percent on business income. He has also proposed increasing the federal minimum wage 50 cents per year over the next three years.

Santorum, 57, a former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania, is hoping to appeal to blue collar Republicans and social conservatives in his second bid for the Republican nomination. In 2012, Santorum won the first-in-the-nation Iowa Caucus, emerging from the bottom of the polls in an upset that launched his campaign. He would eventually win 11 states in the Republican primary season before falling to eventual nominee Mitt Romney. A lawyer, he received a bachelor of arts degree from the Pennsylvania State University in 1980, a master of business administration degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1981 and a law degree from Dickinson Law School in 1986. He served as U.S. representative from Pennsylvania’s 18th District from 1991 to 1995. Santorum served as U.S. senator from Pennsylvania from 1995 until his unsuccessful bid for a third term in 2006. He is married with seven children.