During Thursday night’s GOP presidential debate in Greenville, the question of socially conservative views highlighted differences between some of the candidates.
Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum was asked if he would tone down his anti-gay, anti-abortion, pro-Christian stance and become fiscally focused.
Santorum, who has gained early traction with Upstate Republicans over his social positions, says the Declaration of Independence calls for life and liberty.
Those founding concepts, what transformed the world in (these) United States of America, was a belief in family, a belief in life, and the belief of dignity of every person. If we abandon that, we have given up on America.
However, Texas Congressman Ron Paul sees the definition of liberty much differently:
It’s a First Amendment-type issue. We don’t have a First Amendment so we can talk about the weather. We have a First Amendment so we can say very controversial things. For people to say that we have our religious beliefs protected, but people who want to follow something else are a controversial religion, you can’t do this… You’re really not defending liberty.
Debate moderator Chris Wallace asked if that meant people should have legal access to drugs such as heroin, Paul responded.
Paul took credit Friday for helping to start the Tea Party movement. He turned down a post-debate interview with Fox so he could attend a Tea Party event, instead.