Rick Santorum in Fox Business 2016 GOP primary debate

On Budget & Economy: We need to focus on hard workers who struggle the most

Manufacturing jobs have been lost in this country, 2 million of them. The bottom line is that this president has done more to take jobs away from hard-working people. And that's the 74 percent of Americans who don't have a college degree. Nobody is focused on the people who are struggling the most in America today.
Source: Fox Business 2016 Republican Undercard debate Jan 14, 2016

On Environment: China creates 5 times US pollution levels; bring jobs here

SANTORUM: Listen to the Democratic debate: All they do is complain about the hollowing out of the middle of America, and how America is struggling so badly. But they've been in control for the last seven years, and what have we seen? The most important jobs are the ones that fill the middle. For the 74% of Americans who don't have a college degree [those] are manufacturing jobs.

And what's happened? Two million jobs, manufacturing jobs, have left this country because of Barack Obama. Regulations, EPA, workplace regulations, things driving people off-shore all because of his number one priority, global climate change.

Well, let me tell you this, Mr. President. For every dollar of GDP, China creates five times as much pollution as we do here. You want to lower global climate change, bring those jobs back to America and let American workers do that job with less pollution.

Source: Fox Business 2016 Republican Undercard debate Jan 14, 2016

On Families & Children: More nuclear families will improve the economy

If you're a single parent, a child of a single parent, and you grew up in a single parent family, the chance of you reaching the top 20% of income earners is 3%. That's not good enough. We don't have the courage to use the powerful tool a president has, the bully pulpit to encourage a national campaign to rebuild the American family and give every child its birthright which is a Mom and a Dad who loves them. That will change this economy.
Source: Fox Business 2016 Republican Undercard debate Jan 14, 2016

On Immigration: Jobs and good wages scarce due to illegals

Talk about the president's immigration plan. He wants to bring in more and more people into this country. Let people who are here illegally stay in this country. Almost all of the people who are here illegally, and most of the people who came here legally over the last 20 years, they're working in wage-earning jobs. That is why wages have flat-lined.
Source: Fox Business 2016 Republican Undercard debate Jan 14, 2016

On Immigration: Send six million illegals back to their countries

Most of the candidates in this field are for some form of amnesty, some form of allowing people to stay here even though they're here illegally and for increasing levels of legal immigration. I'm someone who believes that we need to be the party that stands for the American worker. We need to send people back. Let's send six million Mexicans, Hondurans, Guatemalans, El Savadorians, etc. back into their countries so they won't be coming over here anymore.
Source: Fox Business 2016 Republican Undercard debate Jan 14, 2016

On Technology: DoD plays defense on technology; we need to go after them

Q: Should companies like Facebook and Twitter be required by law to be more actively engaged in fighting terror?

SANTORUM: If we were doing a better job within the government, we wouldn't need the private sector to do the things that we're asking them to do. What I've found [is that] layers and layers of bureaucracy is #1, if a lot of people have authority, nobody has authority. And #2, that if you don't do anything, you don't get fired. It's only when you do something and something goes wrong, you get fired. So they do nothing. And that's what is happening in our Defense Department right now. We have a capability that they're trying to develop to play defense. We have a lot of technologists that are very skilled. And they're trying to figure out how to play defense. But we don't have folks who are thinking about offense. We don't have war-fighters. Technologists are not war-fighters. Technologists are thinking, "How do I secure, how do I protect?" We need to have, "How do we go after them?"

Source: Fox Business 2016 Republican Undercard debate Jan 14, 2016

On Technology: Harden electric grid against electromagnetic pulse attack

Q: How would you protect America's critical infrastructure-like the Internet and electric grid--from a terrorist attack?

SANTORUM: Well, the most devastating attack that could occur is an electromagnetic pulse attack, and that would be triggered by a nuclear explosion in the upper atmosphere. The best way to stop that from happening is to make sure that those who are talking about using it, Iran, doesn't get a nuclear weapon so they can't explode that device. And the president has put Iran on a path to a nuclear weapon. And we have done nothing to do anything to harden our grid. There is actually a bill in Congress that would put money forward to try to put redundancy and harden our electric grid so it could actually survive an EMP. An EMP is a devastating explosion that sends a pulse that knocks out everything that is wired. Cars stop. Planes fall out of the sky. This is a devastating attack. And this president has done nothing to take the most probable country to launch an attack & stop them.

Source: Fox Business 2016 Republican Undercard debate Jan 14, 2016

On War & Peace: Will tear up agreement with Iran first day in office

The promises to Iran need to be torn up on the first day in office of the next president because Iran has already torn it up. Iran has not approved the agreement that President Obama said that they approved. They have violated the agreement. Here's the pathetic part. The president announced that they were going to impose sanctions. And then President Rouhani went on Twitter and said there would be retaliation. And what did we do? We backed down.
Source: Fox Business 2016 Republican Undercard debate Jan 14, 2016

The above quotations are from Fox Business Two-Tier 2016 GOP primary debate
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