As his star has risen in the Republican presidential primary, former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum has been rock-steady in his culture warrior persona. The same extremist rhetoric that conventional wisdom long held would keep him out of national office now seems to have propelled him to the head of the pack. Kevin Eckstrom, editor-in-chief of Religion News Service, joins us this week to help us understand what’s going on and what role the mainstream media’s affinity for headline-making statements play in Santorum’s surge.

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