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On GBTV Thursday night, Rick Santorum joined Glenn in the Dallas studios for a one on one interview. Many of the questions came from viewers, who submitted their questions via Facebook and Twitter.

Glenn’s goal was to ask the questions that the mainstream media was missing. He started off on the economy, what will likely be the biggest issue in the next election.

Glenn asked him about The Fed, cutting entitlements, and spending cuts in the age of Occupy Wall Street. You can watch Santorum discuss the economy in the clip below:

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Santorum said that one of the main ways in which he would cut spending and the size of the federal government would be to cut entitlement programs, especially Medicare and Medicaid. He said the two programs have become bloated and corrupt, and Santorum proposed bringing them into the competitive free marketplace.

Santorum later added that the one area of government he would not cut is military and defense.


Proposals to cut entitlements are highly controversial, so Glenn asked Santorum how he would handle the inevitable backlash from progressives who are already deeply upset with government, such as the protesters on Occupy Wall Street.

Rick said the key was educating the American people. “You have to trust the American people,” Santorum said. “Engage Americans and trust people enough to tell them the truth.”

Education was a central part of Santorum’s interview. On many issues, he said the American people needed to be educated about what was really happening in this country and the world and that people were not being told the full story. In addition to entitlements, he said people needed to know about the benefits of drilling in the ANWR and what the costs/benefits would be for America.

Glenn also took time to ask Santorum about some recent controversies, including his record on abortion and his relationship with the Tea Party and libertarians.

Watch Santorum’s response below:

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Finally, in a move you won’t see on the mainstream media networks, Glenn invited Karen Santorum and a few of the couple’s children onto the set. They discussed the role that faith played in Rick’s decision to run for President as well as how entering the race has affected their family.

Watch this segment you won’t see anywhere else below: