Where they stand: Rick Santorum on key campaign issues

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- A look at where former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum stands on some key issues as he opens his race for the Republican presidential nomination:

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Santorum supports making changes to the Medicare and Social Security programs to reduce costs. He is open to reviewing how cost of living increases are calculated, as well as gradually increasing eligibility ages for future beneficiaries in both programs.

In 2012, Santorum proposed a plan that would have cut taxes for most Americans, with bigger cuts for the wealthy. One study said that would add $900 billion to the deficit in a year.

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EDUCATION

A father of seven, Santorum and his wife taught some of their children at home and he has wooed homeschool advocates in Iowa. He has said he wants to end Common Core, a set of voluntary math, reading and language arts benchmarks established by a bipartisan group of governors and in effect in more than 40 states. They've become less popular among Republicans since the Obama administration endorsed them as a tool in its Race to the Top program.

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SOCIAL ISSUES

Perhaps best known as a social warrior, Santorum is an unflagging opponent of abortion access and gay marriage. While in the Senate, Santorum was the leading supporter of a successful effort to ban a certain type of late-term abortion, sometimes referred to as partial-birth abortion. He supports an exemption to an abortion ban if the life of the mother is at stake. He has been vocal in his opposition to same-sex marriage, saying such unions damage traditional families.

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