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November 4th, 2011
 

Santorum Wraps 99-County Tour, Launches New One

Rick Santorum became the first, and probably only, GOP presidential candidate to tour all 99 Iowa counties this year. He completed the cycle earlier this week. Now, the former Pennsylvania senator plans to embark on a new tour, focusing primarily on social issues.

Santorum calls it the “The Faith, Family and Freedom Tour”. He held a rally in Urbandale on Friday to celebrate completion of the first tour and launch the second. Santorum told a crowd of 65 supporters and a dozen media members that he would not “underestimate the power of the bully pulpit” the president owns in order to push his social conservative agenda.

The GOP hopeful outlined several key points in his plan to “lead the way on restoring traditional American values”. They include:

Executive Orders, Rulemaking and other Executive Branch Actions

  • Repeal Clinton-era Title X family planning regulations, and will direct HHS to restore the separation of Title X family planning from abortion practices and restore a ban on referrals for abortion
  • Reinstitute the Mexico City Policy to stop tax-payer funding or promotion of abortion overseas
  • Ban federal funding for embryonic stem cell research
  • Restore conscience clause protections for health care workers
  • Defend the Defense of Marriage Act in court
  • Ban military chaplains from performing same sex marriage ceremonies on military bases or other Federal properties
  • Repeal Obamacare mandate for contraceptive services in healthcare plans
  • Re-direct funds within HHS so it can create a public/private partnership with state &local communities, not-for-profit organizations, and faith-based organizations for the purpose of strengthening marriages, families, and fatherhood
  • Veto any bill or budget that funds abortion or funds any organization that performs abortions including Planned Parenthood

Congressional Directives:

  • Call on Congress to abolish the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Advocate for a Personhood Amendment to the Constitution
  • Call on Congress to pass the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act
  • Advocate for a Federal Marriage Amendment to the Constitution
  • Call on Congress to reinstitute Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell
  • Call on Congress to pass the Workplace Religious Freedom Act
  • Call on Congress to reinstitute 2008-level funding for the Community Based Abstinence Education program
  • Advocate for a federal law permitting schools to allow prayer at graduations, football games and other school functions

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