Santorum emphasizes conservative values at Hudson rally -- videos attached
Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum visited the Hudson Golf Club Friday and emphasized the need for a conservative candidate to challenge President Barack Obama in the November election. Santorum also painted his Republican challenger Mitt Romney as a "moderate."
"Every time a moderate Republican has run against an incumbent Democrat president, the Republican has lost," Santorum said. He compared himself to a conservative Ronald Reagan, who defeated incumbent Democrat Jimmy Carter in 1980.
"Don't compromise your principles to satisfy the pundits," Santorum said. "Stand up for what is right. In polls we are ahead of Obama in most swing states."
He said voters need a "contrast" and called Obama and Romney "Twiddle Dum and Twiddle Dee."
He called this falls presidential election the most important election in his lifetime.
"I've worked hard every day, perseverance" Santorum said. "I can reach those independents and some Democrats. We may not get the high income Republicans, but I can get support from the blue collar sector."
He highlighted a number of issue on which he disagrees with the president, and I some case, Romney.
Among them were Obama health care, the size of government, cap and trade (including energy policies), radical Islam, economy, national security, gas prices, etc. He noted a recent Obama gaff where he was speaking with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Thinking the microphone was off, Obama made a remark to Putin about addressing a national security issue "after the election."
"I've always been for limited government and on the side of the consumer," Santorum said. "Obama and Romney are not on that side. The Constitution and Declaration of Independence limit the powers of Washington, D.C."
He said Obama has made the constitution to be "whatever President Obama wants it."
Santorum said the presidential race is not over,
"It's a long, long way from over -- don't believe the pundits," Santorum said. "We have won something like 900 counties around the country; Romney has won 300.
"You have an opportunity to do a very, very big thing. You can reset the race in Wisconsin. I can win with vision and perseverance - that's what we need to defeat Barack Obama. You can send a clear signal to the rest of the county.
"Go out and do all you can in the next few days to help this race. It boils down to a clear choice. We don't want to be the generation to drop the torch of freedom."
About 200 people gathered at the Santorum rally at the Hudson Golf Course. He spoke for about 25 minutes. He was accompanied by his wife Karen and two of his seven children, John and Sarah Maria.
The event began with a prayer and the audience participating in the Pledge of Allegiance. At the end of the presentation, a young lady fainted in the front row, but appeared to be fine within a matter of minutes.
Santorum is one of the six candidates on the Republican presidential preference ballot in the Wisconsin April 3 election. Santorum is expected to battle fellow Republican Mitt Romney for the top spot in the state.
Santorum served as a United States Senator representing Pennsylvania from 1995 to 2007. He was born in Virginia, but was raised primarily in Butler, Penn. He obtained an undergraduate degree from Pennsylvania State University, an M.B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh, and a J.D. from the Dickinson School of Law.
Santorum was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives on behalf of Pennsylvania's 18th congressional district in 1990. He was elected as a United States Senator for Pennsylvania in 1994 and served there until losing his re-election bid in 2006.