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Santorum: ‘I’m going after working people’ for Romney

In an exclusive interview with Human Events, Santorum says he will energize voters in swing states this fall, and turn out blue-collar, pro-family working people.

TAMPA, Fla. — Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum believes that working class voters are the key to a win by the Romney-Ryan ticket this fall and plans to devote time and energy to bringing them to the polls.

In an exclusive interview with Human Events a few hours after his address to the Republican National Convention Tuesday, the runner-up to Mitt Romney in the presidential nomination race said that he plans to use his new Patriot Voices group and its website ??to energize people in six swing states.? In swing states such as Colorado, Iowa, North Carolina and Ohio, Santorum told us, ??we will be working hard to turn out our people.?

By ??our people,? the former Pennsylvania senator explained, he means the blue-collar, pro-family workers he spoke of in his convention address earlier in the evening.

??You may recall the exit polls had me losing badly (in the Republican primaries) in Mississippi and Alabama, among other states,? Santorum said, noting that he won both handily. He also cited his near victory in Michigan, Romney??s home state.

??In all of those states, I ran ahead of the exit polls,? he said, adding that he discussed what he called ??this phenomenon? with his pollster Neil Newhouse, who later give him some ??pretty astounding analysis. His surveys found that if you were voting for me between early morning and noon, I was ahead (of Romney) by four percentage points, if you voted between noon and five, I was down by five points, and if you voted after 5 p.m., I was ahead by 21 percentage points. You know what that means? Working people were voting for me in large numbers.

??That??s who we??re going after.?

As he escorted his mother from the convention center, the former presidential candidate gave his assessment of Human Events pick of him as secretary of labor in a Romney ??dream cabinet.? Chuckling, he said: ??I have to be ??secretary of my household?? first.?

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John Gizzi has come to be known as ??the man who knows everyone in Washington? and, indeed, many of those who hold elected positions and in party leadership roles throughout the United States. With his daily access to the White House as a correspondent, Mr. Gizzi offers readers the inside scoop on what??s going on in the nation??s capital. He is the author of a number of popular Human Events features, such as ??Gizzi on Politics? and spotlights of key political races around the country. Gizzi also is the host of ??Gizzi??s America,? video interviews that appear on HumanEvents.com. Gizzi got his start at Human Events in 1979 after graduating from Fairfield University in Connecticut and then working for the Travis County (Tex.) Tax Assessor. He has appeared on hundreds of radio and TV shows, including Fox News Channel, C-SPAN, America's Voice,The Jim Bohannon Show, Fox 5, WUSA 9, America's Radio News Network and is also a frequent contributor to the BBC -- and has appeared on France24 TV and German Radio. He is a past president of the Georgetown Kiwanis Club, past member of the St. Matthew's Cathedral's Parish Council, and secretary of the West End Friends of the Library. He is a recipient of the William A. Rusher Award for Journalistic Excellence and was named Journalist of the Year by the Conservative Political Action Conference in 2002. John Gizzi is also a credentialed correspondent at the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. He has questioned two IMF managing directors, Dominique Strauss-Kahn and Christine LaGarde, and has become friends with international correspondents worldwide. John??s email is JGizzi@EaglePub.Com

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Santorum: ‘I’m going after working people’ for Romney

TAMPA, Fla. — Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum believes that working class voters are the key to a win by the Romney-Ryan ticket this fall and plans to devote time and energy to bringing them to the polls.

In an exclusive interview with Human Events a few hours after his address to the Republican National Convention Tuesday, the runner-up to Mitt Romney in the presidential nomination race said that he plans to use his new Patriot Voices group and its website “to energize people in six swing states.” In swing states such as Colorado, Iowa, North Carolina and Ohio, Santorum told us, “we will be working hard to turn out our people.”

By “our people,” the former Pennsylvania senator explained, he means the blue-collar, pro-family workers he spoke of in his convention address earlier in the evening.

“You may recall the exit polls had me losing badly (in the Republican primaries) in Mississippi and Alabama, among other states,” Santorum said, noting that he won both handily. He also cited his near victory in Michigan, Romney’s home state.

“In all of those states, I ran ahead of the exit polls,” he said, adding that he discussed what he called “this phenomenon” with his pollster Neil Newhouse, who later give him some “pretty astounding analysis. His surveys found that if you were voting for me between early morning and noon, I was ahead (of Romney) by four percentage points, if you voted between noon and five, I was down by five points, and if you voted after 5 p.m., I was ahead by 21 percentage points. You know what that means? Working people were voting for me in large numbers.

“That’s who we’re going after.”

As he escorted his mother from the convention center, the former presidential candidate gave his assessment of Human Events pick of him as secretary of labor in a Romney “dream cabinet.” Chuckling, he said: “I have to be ‘secretary of my household’ first.”

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