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Posted at 08:57 AM ET, 02/17/2012

10 debate questions for Santorum

Next week we’ll get one more presidential debate. With the decision — good for them! — by Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney and Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tex.) to decline a March 1 debate, this face-off may be critically important not only for the Michigan and Arizona contests on Feb. 28, but also for the Super Tuesday contests on March 6.

Romney and the other not-Romney candidates, especially Newt Gingrich, have been grilled on their views and records, but most voters know much less about Santorum. Here are 10 questions for Santorum that have yet to be answered and should help voters make up their minds.

1. Have you changed your mind on right-to-work legislation, Davis-Bacon, striker-replacement legislation and free-trade agreements?

2. Military leaders have supported the introduction of women in more combat roles. Why do you disagree with that and what evidence do you have that men’s “emotions” make this a dangerous practice?

3. You speak eloquently about faith-based charities, but in the last four years you gave less than 3 percent, and in one year less than 2 percent, of your income to charity, much less than the average of people in your income bracket. Are you practicing what you preach?

4. In 2000 you supported the pro-union, pro-choice Arlen Specter for president. Why?

5. An independent fact-checker rated your assertion that Mitt Romney supports cap-and-trade a false. “While Romney appears to have favored cap and trade in the past, his actions as governor better prove his skepticism of the policy than his support for it. When he could have signed it into law, he declined. And more recently, Romney has repeatedly said he’s opposed to it. And when asked for evidence of Romney’s support for cap and trade, the Santorum campaign failed to produce any.” Why do you continue to make the claim?

6. If elected, how will you make up for your lack of executive experience?

7. Both liberal and conservative economists have criticized your special zero tax rate for manufacturing firms as bad tax policy and a failure to recognize that manufacturing output has grown significantly. Why should other industries be stuck with higher tax rates so manufacturers can pay nothing?

8. You said that your book “It Takes a Family” is about affirming everyone’s choices. But in fact you attribute women’s desire to work outside the home as misplaced desire for “more things” and to the misguided notions of “radical feminists.” Was your working mother overly materialistic or the dupe of radical feminists, and why aren’t you at home more instead of seeking “affirmation” outside your family?

9. Do you regret your votes on No Child Left Behind, Medicare Part D and the 2005 transportation appropriations bill?

10. You already have a significant gender gap in support. Do you think your comments on contraception, women in combat and parenting will make it even harder to attract women voters, as well as suburbanites, moderates, and limited-government advocates?

On Sunday Right Turn will have 10 questions for Romney.

By  |  08:57 AM ET, 02/17/2012

Categories:  2012 campaign

 
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