Republican Presidential Candidate Rick Santorum Comes to WWU

Rick Santorum, known for his “confrontational, partisan, ‘in
your face’ style of politics,” will campaign at William Woods University
tomorrow (Feb. 3).

“I’m out front on a lot of issues that matter to people of
faith,” says Santorum.
 
The Republican presidential candidate will speak at 1 p.m. in
Cutlip Auditorium of the McNutt Campus Center. The event is free and open to
the public.
 
Lucas Watson, a senior biology major from Louisiana, Mo.,
will introduce Santorum. Watson is the president of President’s Twenty, a
collegiate honorary service society whose members serve as official ambassadors
of William Woods University.
 
William Woods University has hosted numerous politicians and
candidates, regardless of their viewpoints and party affiliations, but does not
endorse any candidate.
 
This year marks the 60th anniversary of Ronald Reagan’s
commencement speech at William Woods University. At the time, he was president
of the Screen Actors Guild, but went on to serve for eight years as the president
of the United States.
 
Hillary Clinton also spoke on WWU’s campus in 1992, campaigning
for her husband, Bill, a month before he was elected president. Mrs. Clinton
later served as a senator and ran for president in 2008. She is now secretary
of state.
 
Santorum was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in
1990 and served in the U.S. Senate from 1995 to 2007. He has also served as the
Senate Republican Conference Chairman.
 
A native Pennsylvanian, he earned his MBA from the University
of Pittsburgh in 1981, and followed up with a law degree from the Dickinson
School of Law. He began his law career at Kirkpatrick & Lockhart and has
practiced law intermittently throughout his political career.