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Rick Santorum: Five Facts About the Social Conservative

Republican Rick Santorum has become "the little engine that could" in Iowa, just in time for Tuesday's caucuses. The social conservative, who opposes abortion, same-sex marriages and abolishing the death penalty, recently picked up two important endorsements - one from Bob Vander Plaats of The Family Leader and one from Chuck Hurley of Iowa Family Policy Centre, as reported at The Guardian.

The man who campaigned in all 99 counties in Iowa, as reported at TeaParty.org, may do well in the state. However, what are his chances in New Hampshire, South Carolina and Florida?

Here are five facts about Santorum that you may not know.

Rick is highly influenced by his Italian grandfather

"He left fascist Italy, Mussolini's Italy in 1927, because he didn't want his family growing up with the government telling them what to think and how to do things," said Rick, interviewed by Rush Limbaugh. "He had a good job; he lived in a beautiful little town in northern Italy on a lake. He left his eight brothers and sisters and came to this country and worked in the coal mines and ended up 'til he was 72 years old, and he used to tell me when I was a kid that the most important thing was freedom."

The man who has surprised everyone in the recent polls was give a certain nick-name in high school

Santorum was called "Rooster" during his high school years, as reported at Conservative Daily News. The husband, and father of seven children, was described as "noisy, dogged, showy, and determined," the characteristics of a rooster.

Like many politicians, Santorum is an author

It Takes a Family: Conservatism and the Common Good, written by Rick Santorum and published in 2005, looks at "genuine conservatism" and why he feels it can renew American society.

The Republican candidate enjoys pheasant hunting with his son

Santorum likes to pheasant hunt with his teenage son John, as reported at NPR. The NRA supporter strongly believes in upholding the Second Amendment.

The Rooster has a favorite quote

Christopher Lasch, author of The Culture of Narcissism, said, "We all get up every day and tell ourselves lies so we can live." It's a quote Santorum has referred to more than once, as reported at Reuters. For example, he quoted Lasch in a Washington Post article and during a Senate debate.