Santorum gaining in Iowa

Iowa polls show a tight race

Santorum gaining in Iowa
01 January 2012

The only constant in the Republican primary is that most of the candidates have enjoyed, and lost, a surge in the polls.

In early summer Rep. Michele Bachmann, after her win in the Iowa Straw poll, was the flavor of the month. This past fall,  pizza man Herman Cain vaulted to the top tier.  Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the  House,  was briefly  the leader of the pack. Now, with the caucus only days away, Sen. Rick Santorum is riding a wave of support.

The ex-Pennsylvania senator, as reported by the Des Moines Register, is now a top tier candidate. Gov. Mitt Romney and Rep. Ron Paul  are neck and neck–  Romney at 24 percent of caucus goers and Paul 22– but Santorum is third at 15. Behind him are Gingrich at 12 percent,  Texas Gov. Rick Perry 11, and Bachmann 7.

Out of all the candidates, Santorum is the most strident when it comes to LGBT rights. He is against gay marriage and civil unions, and wants a return of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. He quickly put his name on a pledge sponsored by the National Organization for Marriage. If he elected to the White House, the senator promises to support a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage and create a presidential commission to “investigate harassment of traditional marriage supporters.”

Despite these positions, the politician maintains he is not anti-gay and wants LGBT voters to consider supporting him.

"Well, look, I have nothing against gay people," he said to Fox News Channel’s Greta Van Susteren in late December. "They have rights of every other citizen. But what they did in Iowa and what some are trying to do, not all gays, but some are trying to do is change the laws of this country with respect to what the definition of marriage is."

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