Rick Santorum Asks Supporters to 'Saddle Up'

After his loss in Illinois, the Republican candidate looks ahead to Louisiana.
5:46 | 03/20/12

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Gone around this country over the past. Year now. Instead this is the most important election our lifetimes in fact I think it's the most important election since the election of 1860. Election 1960 was about whether these the United States. Which is what it was mostly referred to prior to the election of 1860. Would become dot United States. With the -- BA union. A country bound together. The go to great and prosperous nation if a nation based on a -- A concept that we were -- west. Concept birth when our founding document of the declaration of independence. I said throughout the course of this campaign. And while other issues are certainly important. Economy. Joblessness. National security concerns the -- The issue of life all of these issues are important. But the foundational issue in this race the one. It is in fact the cause of the other maladies that we are. Feeling. Whether it's in the economy. Whether it's in the budget crisis that we're dealing with all boils down to one war. And that's what's at stake in this election and it's right behind me on that -- and that's the word free. I know the anxiety in the concerns that people have in this country about an ever expanding government. A government that is trying to dictate. How we're gonna live our lives. Trying to order us around trample our freedoms. Whether it's our economic freedoms or religious liberty. But it -- an addition to train in that freedom. In addition. The ability to dependents. A dependency on god. As we see government expand and grow. Now almost half the people in this country depend on some form of federal pain. Help them get make ends meet in America. And after that obamacare is implemented. Every single America. Depend upon the federal government. Or something that is critical health and their life. That's what this election is important. This is election about fundamental and foundational things. This is election. About not. Who's the best person. To manage. Washington. -- manage the economy. We don't need a manager. When -- someone is gonna pull up government by the roots and throw it out and do something to liberate the private sector in America that's. I learned everything. Everything about. Freedom and opportunity -- hard work. From grown up with folks who worked in the mills in the minds in Western Pennsylvania. It's -- when I speak and I speak from the heart. And the back -- my mind but the pictures of those men and women. Who worked in straight -- plot. So their children and grandchildren. He -- have a better quality of life. Yes maybe even go to college and not have to work and tough manual labor. But most importantly. They fought for the things that the people on this battlefield just down the road thoughtful. They fought for big things. Things that America's always Stifel. That Ronald Reagan referred to it that shining city on the -- -- things that I'm fighting for here today. The reason Karen and I decided. In the face of having. Seven children ages twenty to three. Not exactly the best time to run for president on -- and -- children twenty to three. Karen and I felt compelled. He felt compelled. Because as Ronald Reagan said in one of this great speeches. We didn't want to have to sit down some day. Look at the eyes of our children and our children's children. And described to them an America. Where once men were free. So I ask each and every one. To join us. To saddle up. Like Reagan did -- that cowboy movies. To saddle up. Take on that responsibility. Over the next five weeks. We're gonna head to Louisiana from here we're feeling very very good about what -- Louisiana on Saturday I might -- -- had the Louisiana for the rest of the week. And then we're going to be back here in Pennsylvania. And we're gonna pick up a whole boatload of delegates and close this gap and on to victory thank --

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