“He’s always been tough on the issues of importance,” said a spokesman for Jewspickrick.com, a website organized by members of the Orthodox Jewish community in New York and New Jersey that outlines Santorum’s social issues and foreign policy and attempts to gain further Jewish support.
“Members representing the group point to ‘family values’ among other things, on its website, as part of the reason for their support of the former Senator,” Israel Matzav stated.
The website affirms, “As a married father of seven, Santorum is uniquely qualified to understand family values in a manner aligned with the Orthodox Jewish community.”
However, Santorum's recent surge in the polls and newly donned front-runner status has made him a target of liberal Jewish leaders who consider his conservative social agenda "a non-starter" that pundits say will cost him crucial votes.
Such a move would not be unprecedented. Ronald Reagan campaigned well to the right of his GOP rivals and predecessors, yet won nearly 40 percent of the Jewish vote in 1980. That year too was framed by a showdown with Iran and a struggling economy.
Obama, however, won over 70% of the Jewish vote in 2008.