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Sioux City, IA - Santorum Events Jammed As Candidate Rises In Polls

Published on: January 1, 2012 08:13 PM
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Republican presidential candidate former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum speaks to local residents during a campaign stop at the Daily Grind coffee shop, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012, in Sioux City, Iowa. Republican presidential candidates are largely shifting from persuading voters to mobilizing them for Tuesday's caucuses. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)Republican presidential candidate former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum speaks to local residents during a campaign stop at the Daily Grind coffee shop, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012, in Sioux City, Iowa. Republican presidential candidates are largely shifting from persuading voters to mobilizing them for Tuesday's caucuses. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Sioux City, IA - Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum smiled Sunday as he told the story of a campaign event he held a few months ago.

“The audience was one, but it turned out all right,” said Santorum. Things have changed.

He began his campaign day at the Daily Grind, a downtown Sioux City coffee shop that’s very popular — but nothing like it was on Sunday, when it was so jammed that movement was next to impossible.

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“I hope you sold a few cups of coffee,” Santorum told operators as he wrapped up his event.

Later, in Orange City, far from the state’s population centers, hundreds of Santorum backers jammed a bank conference room, spilling out into the hallway.

As the former Pennsylvania senator’s poll numbers have improved, the feel of his campaign events has changed dramatically, and the candidate himself is distinctly upbeat. He has worked for years to build his ties to Iowa’s potent conservative electorate, and there are signs it could be paying off.

Santorum stops short of saying “I told you so,” but not by much.

“From the very beginning, I said I would trust the people of Iowa,” said Santorum. “Our support is rallying and rising here.”

Throughout the day, he targeted the conservative activists who pushed his rise in the polls, telling them they can send a message about family and faith by giving him a solid showing in Iowa’s leadoff caucuses.

“If you fight for what’s right you will send a loud and clear message to the world about where the heartland of America is looking,” Santorum told supporters.

“The key is to understand that the foundation of America is family and faith,” he said. “This is a decision about what kind of America we are going to hand to your children and grandchildren.”

There are signs that Santorum’s diligent efforts in Iowa are paying dividends.

“He’s been here a lot and shakes hands with people,” said Jim Gilbert of Sioux City. “When you ask him a question, he looks you in the eye and answers you.”

“He’s a family person,” said Kathy Gilbert of Sioux City. “It’s like a neighbor. It takes a while to get to know them, but when you do they’re a friend for life.”

John McCarthy of Sioux City said he appreciates the dogged campaign style.

“We’re pretty basic,” said McCarthy. “We like the face-to-face stuff. Maybe we’re not as impressed by star power as other parts of the country.”

As Santorum’s standing in the polls has increased, some of his rivals have begun attacking him. He says he’s ready for that criticism and he’s been through tough campaigns before.

“This is not my first rodeo,” said Santorum. “Our family has talked about it. I’ve had tough elections before.”

“The pundits say I can’t win, but the people, you, are doing the job of Iowans,” said Santorum. “You fight to be first because you take the responsibility seriously. I believed from the beginning that the people of Iowa would give us our bump because we have worked for it. Now, it’s Iowa’s turn to provide leadership.”

Logistically, he’s put in place more than 1,100 precinct captains to convince the undecided on Tuesday.

“Maybe a third of the people will be undecided,” he told supporters. “Help them make up their minds.”


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 Jan 01, 2012 at 09:27 PM SammyL Says:

He's a good man. Many conservative alternatives to Romney have come and gone. Santorum is next. I've liked them all. Except Ron Paul. I still think Romney has the best chance against Obama and that's the main thing. Hopefully he will chose a conservative vice presidential candidate to offset his being a moderate.

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 Jan 02, 2012 at 12:08 AM harryw Says:

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SammyL Says:

He's a good man. Many conservative alternatives to Romney have come and gone. Santorum is next. I've liked them all. Except Ron Paul. I still think Romney has the best chance against Obama and that's the main thing. Hopefully he will chose a conservative vice presidential candidate to offset his being a moderate.

What on earth did you see in Mitt Romney that have good words to say about him. I watched his debates and I was shocked that he is aactually being taking seriously. This guy does not have a plan going forward. All he does is bashing obama. He is a fool. He is affraid to debate a subject of fear of losing. I have never seen a candidate with so little quality like him.

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 Jan 02, 2012 at 10:32 AM SherryTheNoahide Says:

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harryw Says:

What on earth did you see in Mitt Romney that have good words to say about him. I watched his debates and I was shocked that he is aactually being taking seriously. This guy does not have a plan going forward. All he does is bashing obama. He is a fool. He is affraid to debate a subject of fear of losing. I have never seen a candidate with so little quality like him.

Agreed. And I'm not sure why there are so many Jewish folks in favor of putting these extremely right-wing Christian evangelical types, into office anyway! Rick Perry even stated that he would only have sincere Christians surrounding him if he took over the White House. Nice! Well, any Jews, minorities or people outside of his faith, need not apply for a job under HIS administration then! Jeesh!

Not to mention, all of their sudden "love for Israel" come election season, is so transparent! How can people not see that?! And do these same Jewish folks who LIKE these candidates, even have a clue what most Christians "plans" are for Israel in the 1st place?! It certainly isn't to leave it a Jewish state! That's for sure!

All these conservative candidates talk about is abortion & gays! WHAT ARE THEY GOING TO DO FOR THIS COUNTRY REALLY?!

Nothing! Just like George W Bush did NOTHING & made this country worse & in the state it's in today! And now, these new conservative candidates want to take us into a war w\Iran, blow up most of the middle east... how do they plan on paying for it?! And w\who's lives?!

These people are a joke! Makes me so angry...

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 Jan 02, 2012 at 11:30 AM Gopfan Says:

If you look for the real conservative candidate them vote for RICK PERRY!

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 Jan 02, 2012 at 08:44 PM ormeo Says:

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SherryTheNoahide Says:

Agreed. And I'm not sure why there are so many Jewish folks in favor of putting these extremely right-wing Christian evangelical types, into office anyway! Rick Perry even stated that he would only have sincere Christians surrounding him if he took over the White House. Nice! Well, any Jews, minorities or people outside of his faith, need not apply for a job under HIS administration then! Jeesh!

Not to mention, all of their sudden "love for Israel" come election season, is so transparent! How can people not see that?! And do these same Jewish folks who LIKE these candidates, even have a clue what most Christians "plans" are for Israel in the 1st place?! It certainly isn't to leave it a Jewish state! That's for sure!

All these conservative candidates talk about is abortion & gays! WHAT ARE THEY GOING TO DO FOR THIS COUNTRY REALLY?!

Nothing! Just like George W Bush did NOTHING & made this country worse & in the state it's in today! And now, these new conservative candidates want to take us into a war w\Iran, blow up most of the middle east... how do they plan on paying for it?! And w\who's lives?!

These people are a joke! Makes me so angry...

You are wrong Sherry. Conservatives are more pro Israel and always have been. Democrats are the ones who are just pro Israel because they get so much Jewish money from the liberal secular Jews. Furthermore, your whole diatribe on Christian plans for Israel is conspiracy theories at best; comparable with those that think the Mossad and the CIA brought down the Towers.

On the economic front, Conservatives have always been for fiscal responsibility and lower taxes. GWB was no conservative by any means, but his tax cut brought more revenue into the government than ever before (look it up if you don't believe me) because they encouraged growth. Businesses saw that it was worth while to grow because the government would seize less of their profits.

What liberals like you don't get is that lower taxes, less regulation and more certainty in the same encourages investment, risk, growth (hiring) and productivity. I know that "higher profits" to you is a dirty word, but it is synonymous with growth and hiring. Take a look at the Ryan plan and you will see that his fiscal plans will put us on a "Path to Prosperity".

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