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Presidential candidate Rick Santorum to discuss education at UNI's presidential candidate forums

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Ben Allen, UNI president, 319-273-2566, ben.allen@uni.edu

Stacey Christensen, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728, stacey.christensen@uni.edu

Jonathan Ahl, news director, Iowa Public Radio, 515-725-1702, jahl@iowapublicradio.org

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Former U.S. Senator and presidential candidate Rick Santorum will attend a presidential candidate education forum at 11 a.m., Friday, Dec. 9, in the lobby of the Gallagher-Bluedorn Peforming Arts Center at the University of Northern Iowa. UNI and Iowa Public Radio (IPR) will host presidential candidates this fall to share their views on education as part of UNI's Presidential Candidate Education Forums "Addressing the Challenges and Opportunities in Education Today." The forums are free and open to the public. Guests can park in the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center Visitor's lot.

The forum, moderated by Ben Kieffer, host of IPR's The Exchange, will focus on policy initiatives related to education reform and broader implications for global competitiveness. The forum will include a 30-minute address from Santorum regarding his education platform, followed by a series of education-related questions from the audience. IPR will also broadcast the forum at 2 p.m., Monday, Dec. 12.

"Education has long been a prized value of Iowans, and UNI plays an important role in preparing Iowa's teachers," said Benjamin Allen, UNI president. "We're pleased to host presidential candidates and to help elevate education reform issues facing Iowa and America in an ever-increasing competitive global economy."

Santorum was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1990 at the age of 32, and served from 1995 to 2007 in the U.S. Senate.  In 2000, he was elected Senate Republican Conference chairman. He was also an author and floor manager of the landmark Welfare Reform Act. Santorum wrote and championed legislation that outlawed partial birth abortion as well as the "Born Alive Infants Protection Act," the "Unborn Victims of Violence Act," and the "Combating Autism Act." He served eight years on the Senate Armed Services Committee. He was a leader on US-Israeli relations, authoring both the "Syria Accountability Act" and the "Iran Freedom and Support Act." Santorum wrote the 2005 New York Times Best Seller "It Takes a Family." Santorum is married with seven children.

IPR manages station operations for WOI AM and FM, licensed to Iowa State University; WSUI-AM and KSUI-FM, licensed to The University of Iowa; and KUNI-FM and KHKE-FM, licensed to University of Northern Iowa. IPR informs, enriches and engages Iowans through radio programming and other media. IPR enhances civic and cultural connections across the state, strengthening communities and reflecting Iowa's sense of place. More than 200,000 listeners tune in weekly.