Rick Santorum in Fox News 2015 GOP primary debate

On Abortion: Roe v. Wade was a rogue decision, not settled law

Q: It's been 42 years since Roe v. Wade; is that now settled law?

SANTORUM: It is not any more than Dred Scott was settled law to Abraham Lincoln, who, in his first inaugural address, said "it won't stand." And they went ahead and passed laws in direct contravention to a rogue Supreme Court. This is a rogue Supreme Court decision. There is no constitutional basis for the Supreme Court's decision. One of the times the Supreme Court spoke that I thought they were acting outside of their authority was in a partial-birth abortion case. Abortions being done where the baby's being delivered first, and then they crush the skull. Well, the Supreme Court found a bill that I was the author of unconstitutional. What did I do? I didn't stop. I didn't say "oh, well, we lost. It's the law of the land." We worked together. The House and Senate, under my leadership, and we passed a bill, and we said, "Supreme Court, you're wrong." Sometimes it just takes someone to lead and stand up to the court.

Source: Fox News/Facebook Second Tier debate transcript Aug 6, 2015

On Civil Rights: Stop harassing and persecuting people of faith

Q: What would be your 1st executive order?

SANTORUM: We're going to suspend & repeal every executive order, every regulation that cost American jobs & is impacting our freedom. And second, the First Amendment Defense Act, which is protecting religious liberty, if it's not passed by then, because the president will veto it, I will institute an executive order to make sure that people of faith are not being harassed and persecuted by the federal government for standing up for the religious beliefs.

Source: Fox News/Facebook Second Tier debate transcript Aug 6, 2015

On Immigration: America is worth the wait, even if families are split up

Q: What would you say to a child, born and raised in America, who could see their family broken apart by your tough immigration policy?

SANTORUM: My father was born in Italy, and shortly after he was born my grandfather immigrated to this country. And under the laws of this country, he wasn't allowed to be with his father for 7 years. Spent the first 7 years of his life in Fascist Italy, under Benito Mussolini. Not a very pleasant place to be. I asked my dad, "Didn't you resent America for not letting you be with your father in those formative and very threatening years?" You know what he said to me? "America was worth the wait." We're a country of laws, not of people who do whatever they want to do. The reason America is a great country is because our compassion is in our laws. And when we live by those laws and we treat everybody equally under the law, that's when people feel good about being Americans.

Source: Fox News/Facebook Second Tier debate transcript Aug 6, 2015

On Immigration: Reduce the level of legal immigration by 25%

I put forth an immigration policy that is strongly in favor of the folks who are struggling in America. It's the strongest pro-worker immigration plan. It says that after 35 million people have come here over the last 20 years, almost all of whom are unskilled workers, flattening wages, creating horrible lack of opportunities for unskilled workers, we're going to do something about reducing the level of immigration by 25%. We're going to try to create a better life for hard-working Americans.
Source: Fox News/Facebook Second Tier debate transcript Aug 6, 2015

On Jobs: Look out for American workers, not for profits or votes

People are upset for a reason about the future of this country. Immigration is sort of an example of what's broken and what's wrong in Washington, D.C.

You see, you have one side, the Democrats, and with immigration, all they care about is votes. They don't care about American workers, they just care about bringing as many people in so they can get as many votes as they can. On the other side, you have so many Republicans, and what do they care about? Helping business make profits. There's nobody out there looking out for the American worker.

I'm looking out for the American worker. I'm the only one on this stage who has a plan that's actually reduced--actually going to reduce immigration. Actually going to do something to help the American worker. And you combine that with a plan to make manufacturing--this country number one in manufacturing, you've got someone who's going to help revitalize and give hope to America, the place--the place is that is the most hopeless today.

Source: Fox News/Facebook Second Tier debate transcript Aug 6, 2015

On Jobs: Create a manufacturing job juggernaut by a 20% flat tax rate

Under my presidency, we'll create jobs and make American the number one manufacturing country in the world. It's worked for 100 years in America--putting people back to work in manufacturing is it. I'm going to be introducing a plan which I call the 2020 Perfect Vision for America. It's a 20% flat rate tax, it'll take a blowtorch to the IRS. It will create a manufacturing juggernaut in this country.
Source: Fox News/Facebook Second Tier debate transcript Aug 6, 2015

On Welfare & Poverty: I ended a federal entitlement; never done before or since

Q: Do you believe that we need to change the culture in terms of whether or not we should be encouraging people to get off of welfare assistance and take a job when it's available?

SANTORUM: I think it's a one-two punch. #1, we have to create better paying jobs. I mean, that's just the bottom line. We haven't. [#2], you're looking at the man who introduced and passed the Welfare Reform Act of 1996 over two President Clinton vetoes. Got 70 votes in the US Senate. Bipartisan issue. And I ended a federal entitlement. Never been done before, never been done since. What we need to do is take the rest of the federal entitlements, not just welfare, but food stamps and Medicaid and housing programs and do the same thing we did with welfare. Work requirements and time limits. That will change everything.

Source: Fox News/Facebook Second Tier debate transcript Aug 6, 2015

The above quotations are from Fox News/Facebook Two-Tier 2015 GOP primary debate
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