Decision 2012 and credit cards - Rick Perry and Rick Santorum
Candidates with other priorities
While generally adhering to pro-business, anti-spending positions, these two Republicans seem to place a higher priority on issues not directly related to finance:
Texas governor Perry announced today he would drop out of the GOP race. While he takes a pro-business stance, his priorities touch less on finance and more on repealing healthcare reform and loosening up regulations for oil companies.
Former senator Santorum has clearly staked out a position as the most avid social conservative remaining in the race. He has spoken out against Romney's and Obama's healthcare reform plans, observing in the National Review that such laws "increase the role of government in the healthcare industry by piling on new regulations."
You can figure on these two candidates falling more or less in the pro-business camp, but if their administrations were to pursue other legislative priorities, the impact of their policies on credit cards would be difficult to assess.
CardRatings.com does not endorse any candidate mentioned in this article. The positions represented in this story were based on the candidates' websites as of Jan. 13, as well as their past legislative records. Policies affecting credit cards may not be as controversial or emotional as some other election year issues, but in terms of the day-to-day reality that can affect the Visa or MasterCard in your wallet, these policies are worth considering when you make your decision in November 2012.