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Today we have a special edition of The Bookmonger, a conversation with Rick and Karen Santorum about their new book, Bella’s Gift: How One Little Girl Transformed Our Family and Inspired a Nation. First we discuss their daughter, the victim of Trisomy 18, a rare genetic disorder similar to Down Syndrome. What challenges does Bella present and what has she taught the Santorum family?
Then we talk shop: Will Rick run for president in 2016? (Spoiler alert: He’s thinking about it but, disappointingly, refused to make a major announcement during our 10-minute conversation.) Rick explains went wrong in 2012 and how can Republicans prevail next year, plus how GOP senator Pat Toomey can win re-election in purplish Pennsylvania, where Rick is 2-1 in statewide elections.