Rick Santorum and me
No flip-flopping here: Santorum has been consistent in his stance on welfare — and consistently stingy to those who need it
On my first day of work at the Philadelphia Inquirer, in September 1995, an editor handed me a news release and told me to cover a press conference. I was new in town, and had never heard of the guy whose name was at the top: Rick Santorum. He’d been elected the previous year to represent Pennsylvania in the United States Senate. My story in the next day’s paper began this way: “Sen. Rick Santorum threw a news conference yesterday, but there was one hitch: He forgot to tell the host.’’ I’ve thought of that story often in the past few months, as Santorum campaigns in the Republican presidential primary and inches his way up in the polls.