CafeMom Hosts Mom Forum With Rick and Karen Santorum on Jan. 16: Post Your Questions Here

Rick SantorumFormer Senator Rick Santorum and his wife, Karen, will be taking questions from pollster Frank Luntz, me, and a room full of moms at a CafeMom forum in Myrtle Beach on Monday, January 16.

Right now, the polls have Santorum virtually tied with Newt Gingrich for a second place finish in South Carolina, behind Mitt Romney.

But 50 percent of South Carolina's Republican voters say they still haven't made up their minds about who'll get their vote, and with nine days to go before South Carolina's primary, anything could happen.

We'll be asking Rick Santorum questions about the issues that matter most to moms, and while some of the questions will be coming from moms in the audience at the forum, we want others to come from the CafeMom community at large.

Got a question for Santorum? Ask it in the comments of this post -- it just might be read aloud during the forum! And if you live in the Myrtle Beach area and want to attend, I've got the RSVP link for you ... after the jump.

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In the meantime, here are a few things you should know about Rick Santorum:

  • He was born in Virginia to Catholic parents -- an Italian father and a mother of Irish-Italian descent. Santorum was raised in Butler, Pennsylvania, a blue-collar working town.

  • He has served as both a U.S. Representative (1991-1995) for Pennsylvania and as a U.S. Senator (1995-2007). While he was a senator, he was chairman of the Senate Republican Conference. That made him the third-ranking Republican in the Senate between 2001 and 2007. He was also instrumental in reforming welfare in 1996. He lost his bid for re-election to the Senate in 2006 by 18 points -- the largest margin of defeat ever for an incumbent Republican senator.

  • He's a social and fiscal conservative. He's pro-life and anti-gay marriage, strongly opposed to openly gay men and women serving in the military, and advocates for a "family values"-oriented society where monogamous, heterosexual relationships, marriage, and child-rearing are promoted. He wrote the partial-birth abortion ban that passed the Senate in 2003.

  • Want to know his opinions on SAHMs vs working moms? Well, according to the National Journal:

    "In his book, It Takes a Family -- intended as a rebuttal to Hillary Clinton's It Takes a Village -- Santorum blamed 'the influence of radical feminism' for the distressing fact that women were finding it 'more socially affirming to work outside the home than to give up their careers to take care of their children.'"

  • In the recent Iowa caucus, Santorum lost to Mitt Romney by just eight votes. He hoped that surge would give him a strong showing in the New Hampshire primary, but he came in fourth place there.

  • He's convinced that Iran needs to be closely monitored by the U.S. to be prevented from developing a nuclear weapon, and believes that it will take strong action, possibly military, to change the regime there and eliminate Iran's threat to the United States.

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  • He and his wife Karen have been married for 21 years and have seven living children, the youngest five homeschooled by Karen. Twenty-year-old Elizabeth and 19-year-old Jonathan are taking time off to help with the campaign. Their youngest daughter, Isabella, has a severe genetic disorder called trisomy 18. In 1996, the Santorums had a son who was born prematurely and died two hours later. Santorum's campaign produced this web video about Isabella. (Warning: You'll need Kleenex for this one.)

Want to attend our forum? We'd love to have you! Go to this link to RSVP.

Now ... What questions do you have for Rick Santorum?

 

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