Former Sen. Rick Santorum
[DEMOCRACY IN ACTION transcript]
[Chants: We Pick Rick! We Pick Rick!]...Thank you. Well,
three states, three winners: what a great country.
I had the pleasure and it was a pleasure to congratulate my friend Newt
Gingrich just a few minutes ago on [inaud.] an amazing victory for
him. He's been up and he's been down, and he never stopped
fighting and to Newt Gingrich, let's give him a big round of applause
for standing in there and fighting. Good job, buddy; good job.
Well I just want to also thank somebody else, and, well actually a
group of folks who happen to be standing behind me. I just want
to thank first and foremost my wife Karen. And we have six of our
seven children here; our little one Bella is here in South Carolina,
but not up with us here on stage. I want to thank them for all
the great hard work [inaud.]. Thank you. And I always have
to start out by thanking my family, because that's where it all starts
I've onlyxxKaren has written two books. I've only written
one. By the way her books sold more than my one book, butxx
I wrote that book in response to a book written by Hillary
Clinton. She wrote a book called It Takes a Village, and I wrote
the rebuttal It Takes a Family. [Chants: We Pick Rick! We
This was a family decision. It was not an easy decision to step
forward and step back into the firing line, and this has clearly been a
firing line. But it was a family decision to step forward at a
time when we just, like everybody else in Americaxxthe Tea Party people
who rose up and delivered that great victory in 2010, who felt this
sense that something, something was wrong in America. There was
something that was out of wack, something that they couldn't sit on the
sidelines any more and just watch America, the America that they knew
and loved, fundamentally changed. And that's why Karen and I and
the kids, we sat around our kitchen table just like well we all sit
around our kitchen tables and we talked about our future, we talked
about our family and our country, and we decided to step forward and
run for president of the United States.
And we went to this little town in the hills of the Appalachian
Mountains, Somerset, Pennsylvania. And I went there for two
reasons. Because I think what's fundamentally at stake in this
country is freedom. The government taking and robbing every man,
women and child, every institution that seeks to do good in our
society, they continue to rob it of their freedom and control
everything from the top down.
So I went, so our family went to this little town in Somerset,
Pennsylvania. It's not where I was from. I didn't grow up
in Somerset, never lived in Somerset. Had a couple of friends in
Somerset, butxx But we went to Somerset because of two things
that to me represented what was at the core, the threat that this
administration was to those fundamental freedoms.
Number one was, as I mentioned before, it's about a few miles down the
road from where my grandfather came to this country and worked in those
coal mines. That's where my grandfather dug his way to freedom
for me and my father and through this generation that now follows
me. And so I wanted to stand on the place where freedom was
etched for the Santorum family, and just down the road from the place
where an airliner crashed upon a September day, five miles away from
Somerset in Shanksville, where the first blow for freedom was struck in
this war against radical jihadists. I wanted to stand there on
those sites to make a clarion call that this race and this campaign was
not going to be about tearing everybody down, was not going to be about
negative ads, was not going to be about anything other than painting a
bold vision for our country, one that believed in the working class
values that my grandfather taught to me.
Workers who believed as, well Barack Obama actually got it right when
he made that comment in San Francisco unbeknownst that it was being
recorded. Yes my grandfather and I come from that area of
Pennsylvania he was referring to, that holds on tightly to their guns
and their Bibles. Those are the people in America who are being
left behind, those are the folks in America whose party, neither party
has a voice for.
Oh, President Obama and the left will tell you, oh they care.
They want to do everything for you from the top down. They don't
believe in you; they believe in their ability to care for you.
That's not America, and that's not what the working people of Western
Pennsylvania and the working people of South Carolina and the working
people across this country want. They don't want someone or some
government that's going to care for them; they want someone who
believes in them.
We went out and all across this country, in these three states now, but
let me assure you we will go to Florida and then we're going to Arizona
and Colorado [inaud. due to applause, then chants: "We Pick Rick!
We Pick Rick!]
We're going to deliver a litte different message than the other folks
in this race, and I respect them greatly. It's great to be up
there and shoulder to shoulder with them, taking on every night and
every day as we travel across this country taking on the policies of
this president. But I plan to be a little different. I'm
going to go out an talk about how we're going to have a Republican
Party, a conservative movement that makes sure that everyone in America
has the opportunity to rise, not just those who have maybe advantage,
maybe have had a little more opportunity than somebody else, but every
person in America wiill have the opportunity to rise in America again.
And it's a pretty simple formula; it's a pretty simple formula.
It's a formula that I talked about the other day at the debate that's a
simple formula that we all understand. It's a formula that values
work. It respects the dignity of all work in America. It
says to anybody for any job that we respect that, but we also want to
give you an opportunity to rise in society. And that's what's
As much as we like to talk about as conservatives that if we just cut
taxes and reduce spending everybody will do fine, well that's simply
not the case. That's simply not the case. We have to create
an atmosphere in this country where people can get the education they
need. We have to create an atmosphere in this country where
people can get the training they need. We have to have an
attitude in this country that says we want to compete for those blue
collar jobs that create the opportunities that in two generations one
of their kids can run for president of the United States.
We also want to say [somebody yells something from the audience], we
also want to say that we stand up, we stand up and want to promote the
values that made this country great, the values of faith, family and
freedom. Those values that we understand and we all know, because
that's what works in America. I talk often in my speeches about
the liberal think tank that says if you do three things that you can
almost guarantee to stay out of poverty. Work, that I just talked
about. Get that education; graduate from high school. And
of course get married before you have children. Marriage, family.
If we are not the party that stands up for the truth about the
importance of marriage, the importance of families, the importance of
fatherhood and motherhood, the importance of those values of instilling
virtues in the next generation of children with faith, then we are a
party that no longer has a heart, and we are not a party that's going
to be a majority party in this country. We have to be the party
that speaks to everyone. Those who know and understand that at
the heart of America, that beating sound is that beating pulse of the
I want to thank everybody hear in the state of South Carolina, thank
you so much. Here at the Citidel, I want to thank the Citadel for
the tremendous hospitality and the wonderful job the cadets have done
for us, and I want to particularly thank you for that beautiful muzzle
[sp.], muzzle-loading gun I got yesterday.
And I want to say to all those folks across America who are looking for
that candidate, that candidate that can be that good stark contrast,
someone who can contrast on all of the issues that are important for
America today. The ones that are going to decide this
election. The ones of experience on national security, the
consistency of the conservative principles that made this country
great. I ask you. It's a wide open race. Join the
fight. Thank you!
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