Santorum: Founders Believed In The "Dignity Of Every Person"

May 05, 2011 10:33 pm ET

From a May 5, 2011, South Carolina GOP presidential debate on Fox News:

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SHANNON BREAM (CO-HOST): Thank you. Senator Santorum, you're often characterized as the most socially conservative in the GOP field. A man who may join you at some point in the GOP primary, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels says Republican candidates should, quote, declare a truce on social issues in the next election. Is he right? Are you willing to tone down your positions on abortion and homosexuality in an effort to reach more voters and help the GOP coalesce behind a more fiscally focused platform?

RICK SANTORUM: I think that anyone that would suggest that we call a truce on the moral issues doesn't understand what America is all about. America is a co— [applause] America is a country based on this concept, on the Declaration of Independence. That we are endowed by our creator with certain inalienable rights. Rights come from God and the first of which is life, the second of which is liberty. Those two concepts really transformed the world because it said government was going to be limited, allow people to be free and to pursue their own dreams, to serve their God and to serve their family and community. That is only possible if we have strong families. And strong marriage is at the root of strong families. And if we have a respect for human life, because of course we are all created equal. And so those founding concepts, what transformed the world in this United States of America was a belief in family, a belief life and the belief in the dignity of every person. If we abandon that, we have given up on America.

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