On the Road to 2012: An Exclusive Interview with Karen Santorum
This week I had the great honor of interviewing the woman I hope will be the First Lady in 2013
Karen Santorum is warm, gracious, completely genuine, down-to-earth, immensely likable, and filled with a spirit of love. She and her husband, Senator Rick Santorum, both possess the inner strength, courage, and faith that are born of a deep love for Christ. It's time Catholic voters started paying close attention to this dynamic couple.
We spoke at length about everything from campaign life to family life to faith and trials, and the serious concerns she has about the direction our nation is headed. She is highly motivated to fight for our country alongside her husband, Senator Rick Santorum, and believe me, she's got the steel for it.
What struck me the most was the distinct lack of ego in their decision to run for President. For them, it's not about Rick trying to win something for himself - it's about preserving a nation for their children and simply following the road God has laid in front of them.
JH: How did you and Rick come to the decision to run for President?
KS: We're doing this because we truly believe God is leading, and we have to be faithful. We spent more than a year praying about this, talking with our friends, our families, our spiritual advisors, and our children. It was a long process of talking it out, and we all had some real reservations. I had no desire at all to jump back into the political arena. We were in that life for 17 years and now I had a different vision for my family. Our kids all had their own thoughts and concerns, too. The boys wanted their Dad to continue coaching their baseball team, for instance. They weren't too sure they wanted to share their Dad with the whole country. It's a real sacrifice for them.
Rick and I both said that if even one of the children had said they didn't want Dad doing this, we absolutely would not have done it. But they are behind their Dad all the way, and the whole process is teaching them a lot about the way our political process works and how a President is elected. We're very protective of our family time when Rick is able to be home these days, and we maximize that time together. No one is allowed to intrude!
To be honest, Rick had no desire to run until Obamacare. That was the final straw for him, the line in the sand. Something has to be done. That law will change our country fundamentally forever, and as parents of a special-needs child we knew that they would be the first to be denied care under Obamacare. Rick and I can't stand on the sidelines and allow Obama to bring our nation to its knees. We knew we had to get in and fight.
But ultimately, we are just trusting God and praying for His will to be done. He could end this tomorrow and we'd be at peace with it. It could be God's will that Rick just has a voice in the mix; it could be God's will that he get to the Caucus and he's not the guy; or it could be His will that Rick is the guy. Trust and be faithful is all any of us can do.
JH: What are the unique gifts and strengths that Rick brings to the table to solve our nation's biggest challenges?
KS: Most important, he's rock-solid. Rick is rooted in his faith and has a solid foundation. You get what you see. He walks the walk. He's someone who goes after the issues with such a passion. Preserving marriage, the sanctity of Life; these are things we really have to roll up our sleeves and fight for. He's also brilliant in matters of the economy and national security. He has a mind for history and facts and numbers. There's no doubt in my mind he'll be a great leader to this nation.
JH: Why should Catholics vote for Rick Santorum?
KS: He's a devout Catholic who lives his faith, is very prayerful and will always stay grounded. He's a loving, devoted, faithful husband and father. It's one thing to take the pro-life stance and another thing to fight for it and yet another thing to live it. Rick lives it every day.
Catholics in America need to understand the critical importance of their votes in 2012. Bill Clinton and Barack Obama were both elected because they won the Catholic vote. That is not to our credit! I see America right now literally poised on the edge of a cliff, and Catholics will decide whether the nation goes over the edge or gets pulled back. We have a huge responsibility.
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