Santorum: GOP needs foreign policy 'expert' like Clinton

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Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) argued Sunday during a stop in the early-voting state of Iowa that the Republican Party needs a presidential candidate with as much experience as Hillary Clinton, the presumed Democratic frontrunner. 
 
Santorum, who is mulling a Republican White House bid, emphasized during his speech at the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition summit that national security will be a major focus during the 2016 race.
 
"We're going to be going up against a secretary of State, someone with a tremendous amount of experience and knowledge in this area – most of it wrong – but someone who's knowledgeable, someone who's an expert," Santorum said.
 
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"So we need to look at someone to go up against Mrs. Clinton who has background experience and knowledge and has gotten it right when she's gotten it wrong," he added. 
 
Santorum pointed to his own record, including pushing for tougher sanctions on Iran during his time in Senate, as he attempted to brandish his foreign policy credentials on major international issues. 
 
"Even if it was good," Santorum said of a potential deal over Iran's nuclear program hoped to be reached by June 30, "here's my promise to the Iranian government: On the first day of a Santorum presidency, that agreement is in the trashcan."
 
Santorum also touted in his speech his image being used in an online magazine for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), which labeled him "the enemy."
 
"If we do not contain ISIS ... I mean pushing them out of Iraq, taking land from them – then ISIS will continue to recruit and recruit effectively, and not just in the Middle East, but here in America. We need leadership to stop it."
 
Santorum has traveled recently to Iowa and South Carolina, and will visit another major early-voting state, New Hampshire, next month.
 

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