Stateside,  Vote 2012

Rick! Rick! Rick!

Rick Santorum, the former US senator from Pennsylvania who was defeated for reelection in 2006, has announced that he too is a candidate for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.

Santorum famously said in a 2003 interview: “If the Supreme Court says that you have the right to consensual (gay) sex within your home, then you have the right to bigamy, you have the right to polygamy, you have the right to incest, you have the right to adultery. You have the right to anything.”

The same year, opposing additional federal money for child care for lower-income working parents, Santorum said: “Making people struggle a little bit is not necessarily the worst thing.”

It should come as no surprise that Santorum opposes the Obama administration on ending the Bush-era tax cut for the wealthiest two percent of the US population– which would force them to struggle with the same tax rates they had in the 1990s. That is, he doesn’t want to carry this struggle thing too far.

Most recently Santorum was pleased to explain to Senator John McCain– who spent five-and-a-half years as a POW in North Vietnam, much of it under torture– that McCain didn’t understand “enhanced interrogation.”

McCain had written that waterboarding, which he considers torture, did not contribute to the intelligence leading to the killing of Osama bin Laden.