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Rick Santorum Makes It Official. He's 'In It To Win It' On The Republican Presidential Nomination

He better hope supporters don't Google his name to find his campaign website: Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum formally launched his campaign for president Monday, offering himself as a tested leader with the "courage to fight for

He better hope supporters don't Google his name to find his campaign website:

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum formally launched his campaign for president Monday, offering himself as a tested leader with the "courage to fight for freedom . . . to fight for America" against the power of an expanding social-welfare state.

"President Obama took that faith that America gave him and wrecked our economy and centralized power in Washington, D.C., and robbed people of their freedom," a smiling but combative Santorum told several hundred supporters jammed on the plaza of the Somerset County Courthouse.

A former two-term senator who lost his seat in 2006 to Democrat Bob Casey by 18 percentage points, Santorum has been most known in his career as a leader of social-issues conservatives, but the case he built against Obama on Monday was mostly economic and spiritual, in the sense that Santorum argued an increased reliance of citizens on government threatens the national character.

"I believe now that Americans are not looking for someone that they can believe in - they're looking for a president who believes in them," Santorum said.[..]

As he has on the campaign trail in New Hampshire and South Carolina, Santorum said the "linchpin" of efforts to erode personal freedom was Obama's health-care overhaul, which requires people to buy health insurance.

"Why do you think they ignored the polls and jammed it down the throats of the American people?" Santorum said. "Power. . . . They want to hook you, they don't want to free you.

"They don't want to give you opportunity. They don't believe in you. They believe in themselves, the smart people, the planners, the folks in Washington who can make decisions better than you can."

Far be it for me to point out that once again, Santorum is completely missing the pulse of the American people, aka the voters that would vote for him. Overhauling Medicare is proving to be a loser idea as polling shows and to actually threaten current recipients' benefits? Well, those are not the ideas that will propel you into the White House.

But hey, l'm all in favor of Santorum out there while people are hurting and scared and demonstrating just how heartless and inhumane his particular brand of conservatism is. Maybe that's what we need to invalidate these ideas one and for all.

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