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ABC News: Rick Santorum, Mr. Bipartisan Compromise – And Mr. Pro Wrestling?

On January 4, 2012, ABC News reported:

But when running for re-election in 2006 against a tough Democratic challenger – Sen. Bob Casey, D-Penn., who ultimately beat him by 18 points – Santorum sought to portray himself as someone who worked with Democratic colleagues to get things done.

In one vivid ad, Santorum stood in a pro wrestling ring to describe what politics should not be.[…]

Interestingly, Santorum early in his legal career played a key role in the rise of pro wrestling.

As a young associate attorney for Kirkpatrick & Lockhart in Pittsburgh in the 1980s, Santorum lobbied in Harrisburg on behalf of the World Wrestling Federation in a successful effort to de-regulate pro-wrestling, “arguing that pro wrestling was entertainment, and not a sport, and, as such, should be exempted from federal steroid regulations,” the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported in a 1994 profile.

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