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Santorum Announces Run For Presidency, Embraces American Exceptionalism

Former Pennsylvania Senator says Obama doesn’t believe in the American people and that he is ready to lead.

Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum announced his candidacy for president in Somerset, Pennsylvania.

The staunch social conservative is likely to argue in the weeks and months ahead that he has been at the forefront in fighting for social conservatism  and walked the walk while others have just talked the talk.

Santorum also stridently attacked President Obama during his announcement.

“Who are you, Mr. President, to say that you should take forty cents out of every dollar from future generations to prop you up,” Santorum said.

Santorum said that Obama has devalued the “currency and inflated food and oil prices,” which is a “horrible penalty on working and saving Americans.”

Santorum also said that Obama has “devalued our culture” by not standing up for “defense of marriage” and for his federal funding of abortion.

He indicted Obama for “devaluing our dollar and devaluing our moral currency,” speaking of the fiscal and social deficit in a manner similar to the link former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman made last weekend at the the Faith and Freedom Coalition Conference.

Santorum also recounted how his grandfather immigrated to Somerset county from fascist Italy and worked in a coal mine to give his kids “an opportunity for freedom, to live your dreams” and said “America was a great country before 1965,” which is the time period when Lyndon Johnson’s “Great Society” programs began to be instituted.

Santorum recounted how his grandfather left a continent in which the sovereign parceled out rights to the people and then immigrated a country in which the people got their rights directly from God.

Santorum said “the Constitution is the owner’s manual for America” and the Declaration of Independence is “the why.”

Emphatically laying a claim to American exceptionalism, Santorum said the sole “purpose of America was to make sure each and every person was free.”

In contrast, Obama, Santorum said, “believes America’s greatness is not in its people but in government” and said Obama and his fellow liberals value power and control above all else, which is why they cared so much about implementing ObamaCare.

“They believe believe in themselves, the smart people, the people who can make decisions better than you can, they don’t believe in you,” Santorum said. “They don’t want to free you, they don’t want to give you opportunity,” Santorum said.

Contrasting himself directly from Obama, Santorum said “Americans are not looking for a President they can believe in, they are looking for a President that believes in them.”

Santorum said that he’s “ready to do what has to be done for the next generation, with the courage to fight for freedom, with the courage to fight for America.”

“I’m ready to lead,” Santorum said.

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Tony Lee edits The Chase 2012 section and writes on politics and culture for HUMAN EVENTS. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook. E-mail: ALEE (at) EaglePub.com

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