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Nick Squires: Republican radical with a dirty secret -- communism in his blood

Nick Squires in Rome

Published 13/01/2012 | 05:00

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum campaigns at The Daily Grind in Sioux City, Iowa, January 1, 2012. REUTERS/John Gress (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)
Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum campaigns at The Daily Grind in Sioux City, Iowa, January 1, 2012. REUTERS/John Gress (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)

His hardline views on abortion and divorce have made him a favourite of Republican conservatives, helping him come within a whisker of winning the Iowa caucus.

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But Rick Santorum has a skeleton in the family cupboard -- he comes from a long line of communists and socialists.

The presidential hopeful's relations, who come from the picturesque town of Riva del Garda, on the shores of Lake Garda in Italy, have been left aghast by some of his views on same-sex marriage, welfare and immigration.

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