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CAMPAIGN 2012

In Closing Remarks, Santorum Focuses On Family Values

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Republican presidential candidate, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum speaks during a campaign stop at Valley High School, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012, in West Des Moines, Iowa.((AP Photo/Charlie Riedel))

Santorum's Closing in Iowa: Marriage, Values Matter 1/3/12

Rick Santorum focused on family values in his closing remarks to Iowa caucus-goers on Tuesday evening, in remarks to a Polk county caucus before the doors closed.

 

“I’m the candidate who’s been out here talking about the important role, yes for our culture but also for our economy, that the family is in America,” Santorum told the opening of the caucus broadcast by MSNBC. “We need strong families not because it’s good for our society but it is good for our economy. The family -- the word 'economy' comes from the word 'home' in Greek. It is the first economy, the family. It is the first hospital, it is the first school."

Santorum said that getting married before having children can keep people out of poverty, and argued that the president should be willing to talk about the family's importance.

“We need a president who shares our values,” the former senator from Pennsylvania said. “Hopefully the people of Iowa, after all those meetings, have seen that I’m sincere about all of this, and I've got a track record to back it up."

 

Santorum has spent more time in Iowa this cycle than any other Republican presidential candidate.

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