Rick Santorum

Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, the US Senate's third-ranking Republican and author of the new book, "It Takes a Family: Conservatism and the Common Good," was Wednesday's guest. Here are excerpts from his remarks:

On whether he minds being called a polarizing figure by critics:

"Does it bother me? Absolutely not. Is it useful politically? Probably the same. I was never supposed to win any race because of being a 'polarizing figure.' One of the great gifts I have had is that I have never really worried about winning my next race. I have always worried about doing the right thing."

On running for president:

"I am making no plans. I don't anticipate making any plans, because it is not my intention. The reason I leave this little window open is because I have no idea what's going to happen.... Is there some strange, remote set of circumstances that might change that? Sure. But it would be a strange, remote set of circumstances."

On his race for reelection, in which opinion polls show him 11 points behind Democratic challenger Bob Casey Jr.:

"The case I make is the case I have made for years, which is [that] I am effective down here."

On the decision by the White House not to release memos by Supreme Court nominee John Roberts when he worked for the Solicitor General:

"[Release] would have a chilling effect on getting sound and sincere legal advice. And the benefits are very minimal."

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