Rick Santorum Proud of His Impact in Michigan

Former Pennsylvania senator is still a viable candidate for the GOP nomination.
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-- Okay. A month ago they did newly are. They do now. And I. Play what it absolutely great night I am so thankful so thankful. To so many people here tonight. First and foremost I just have to say. To the people of Michigan. In -- -- came. Into the backyard of one of my opponents. In a race that everyone said well it just ignore area -- really no chance here. And the people of Michigan. Looked into the hearts of the candidates. And all I have to say is I love you back. Okay. Okay. I also thank you but I also and as I said -- getting to know me. Not -- Well. Not necessarily exactly through the mediums that I wanted to get to know me that you know we have an opportunity tonight. To tell you a little bit more about who Rick Santorum this I want to thank the folks appear on the stage behind me. My wife Karen and my family is represented here by Elizabeth and John and at home. The rest of the family. Daniel and Sara Maria -- Patrick in our little -- I want to thank him for stand behind me not just figuratively but literally every day of this campaign so thank him very very much. Okay. I want to tell you about sent more specifically about. Three people. First someone who's not here that I haven't publicly -- -- tonight I feel like -- I've been remiss in doing so. And that says someone like I was -- -- And that's my 93 year old mom. Troops of killing fare very proud of her first jobs was in Saginaw Michigan. And not she was very very excited that I was coming back here to to Michigan that my moms and very well and usual person for her time. She's someone who -- get a college education and in the 1930s and was a nurse. Got to graduate degree even as a nurse and worked full time. When she married my dad they worked together at the veterans administration. That's where they met right after the war and later on they were they had me in the rest of the family my brother and sister and -- -- continue to work. She worked all of my childhood years. She balanced time as my dad did working different schedules and she was a very unusual person that time she was a professional who actually made more money than her husband. I grew up with a very strong mom. Someone who was a professional person who taught me. A lot of things about how to balancing work and family and doing it well and doing it with a big heart and commitment. You know that's probably one of the reasons that I ended up marrying the person I married here Karen. Someone. As strong as they get. Someone who has I met when we were when she was just about to start the practice of law and I was. Doing the same I recruited her. In more ways and want to -- offer. Karen as a professional worker -- nurse for nine years and then after that. She she we got married and she walked away. She decided to stay home and raise your children but she didn't quit working obviously. Raising seven children is a lot of work which she found time also to be an author of two books. Those books about really went to the heart of the family something she knows a lot about. She too has been that rock. That has been beside me and has been a great example. Now it's important. To balance that work and family and do so committed. To making sure that -- the best of both that you can be. -- proud that I have a daughter here Elizabeth who is a great part of our campaigns. She is out on her own and campaigns and the feedback I get is you stay home just send Elizabeth out. So we've been -- I've been very very blessed. Very blessed. With great role models for me. Someone who goes out and tries to do the job I'm doing right now to balance the rigors of running -- campaign in trying to maintain good and strong -- We all have to do that Americans. We all have that responsibility. To make both work and work as well as we can't. And it's getting harder out here in America. It's getting harder for people to make ends meet. Because we have a government that is crushing us every single day with more taxes more regulations and the idea. That they know better than you. How to run your life. That ultimately is about what this race is about. Goes down to the very nature of who we are as Americans. Are we a country that believes in big government we believe in the Smart and -- in this country to manage us. Or do you believe in free people -- a free economy. And building a great America from the bottom up what do you say. We put together a plan we announce -- here in Michigan our first hundred days of what we're gonna do our freedom agenda. This hour to get this country turned around. In the first thing we talked about is what's on the minds of a lot of people right now and that is the rising energy costs in this country. We could put millions of Americans and -- underscoring millions of Americans back to work. If we would unleash. The entrepreneurial spirit of of our energy sector of the economy can drive down prices decrease our dependency on foreign oil. We can do at all the we have a president who says no. We have a president who in the opportunity open up federal lands for mining and oil and gas drilling says no we have a president who's. We have an opportunity open up offshore he says no deep water he says no -- last -- he says no build a pipeline he says no. We need a president who says yes to the American people. And that's not. That's right it's not just the consumer that's affected by it. But as many communities across this country rural communities that have been struggling. Look at where the population losses in this country it would lower the unemployment rates as high test scenarios for the government to shut down. And made it virtually impossible for us to use our natural resources. To be able to get to that oil to get to that call to get to that timber whatever the case may be. Bureaucrats in Washington don't care about flyover country. And those sparsely populated areas that provide us the resources upon which we live. I was -- one of those areas just a couple weeks ago in the Bakken and northwestern North Dakota. And I went a little town of -- -- North Dakota. Tell you how some multi of the North -- is. That's about the fifth time I've mentioned the speech and -- get to get a shout out front out of North Dakota. It's a small town. It's a small town. And it could be a Boomtown. But they're nervous. Because president EPA is hovering. Yes they're developing oil private lands. This soil. Yet this is oil. Oil. -- -- rock. Shale. It -- oil. In fact the highest quality oil the world light sweet crude. They can produce thousands and thousands of jobs up in northwest North Dakota. But they have trouble. May have trouble getting investors to come here why because they believe. They believe the government. It's gonna shut them down or potentially. Pull the plug on. They -- the pipeline that they'd love to be able to build to get that oil to market. Instead of running truck after truck after truck to the rose of North Dakota and then on the rail. This crew that comes out of this rock. Is a premium product. But not a North Dakota. They have to pay to get a 32 dollar discount. When they sell the oil why because we have a president who won't let them get their oil to market. -- to present. -- on the side of rural America. -- a small town America and opens up those energy resources. It's not just the energy industry the small town -- rural America thrive on. Of course as you know here in Michigan. It's manufacture. One of the things I think that I felt very good about -- that way as well as we did here tonight. -- the message. Of creating jobs manufacturing jobs for small town America resonated here with the people of Michigan they saw vision. For how their lives to be -- they saw a vision how there. Ladder to success now can be built down to people with. Limited skills but the desire to work hard and be able to upgrade their skills as they work in -- manufacturing facility. We've lost. From 21% of the economy to 9% not the economy but workers in manufactures down to 9%. That's an -- that's just -- -- All of that because government regulation government taxation. We put forward a plan. The Wall Street Journal calls supply side economics for the work and the working men and women of this country. To be able to get those jobs in manufacturing. He would get those skills provide for their family. The average manufacturing job in America -- 20000 dollars more a year than the average America. We can get those jobs back we need to slash the corporate rate for taxes to zero we need to let. The regulatory environment which of Barack Obama is destroying a crushing manufacturing we will repeal every single one of Barack Obama's big government regulations. Okay. Okay. Of course part of those regulations the one of the things we're gonna repeal right out. Is Obama camp. As the biggest issue in this race. It's an issue about fundamental freedom. Issue about whether you want the government. To take your money in exchange. Give you -- right. -- your rights are gonna give you the right to health care that's the President Obama promised but of course when the government gives you -- right they can take that right away. And the government gives you that -- can tell you how to exercise that. And they do. Not just what doctors you can see and what insurance policies or how much -- ticket fine if you don't do what the government tells you to do. But even goes of course to tell you exercise your faith. As part of your health here. If the government can go that far. With obamacare just think what's next. -- and generally can't go out and take on Barack Obama. It was -- it was an author from twenty years ago the author of free market health care economics health savings accounts has been a fighter. For replacing all of these programs across this country and the federal level with their government run health care with not. Romney care or obamacare but a program -- based upon you called you care because that's what we believe. Okay. We've got a track a great conservative track record. On not just health care but -- taken on the big problems to confront this country the deficit. Huge expanding exploding debt in this country. Someone has been an advocate. Ever since I was in politics for a balanced budget amendment fought. Tooth and nail to get it -- came within one vote but never given up trying to fight. We will work to pass a balanced budget amendment of the constitution but in the meantime. We will do something that no one else has ever successfully done but I did. And that is flew out and we want and entitlement programs on the federal level give them back to the states and cut the dramatic. Okay. He. It was simply couldn't do what we did it. And is the author of welfare reform. Welfare reform which ended a federal entitlement cut the program captain -- -- back to the states like we need to do with Medicaid and food stamps a whole host of other. Programs that are already run by the state and have no business according to of that document it what's it called -- Yes the US constitution that -- The mistakes. We did save the federal government money and more importantly. Welfare did you save money than just cut the roles. And save lives it put people back to work -- -- people out of property. It gave them something that dependency doesn't give hope. And that's what America is all about giving opportunity and hope. All of our economic plan is based on a very simple -- Based on what's worked for America from its very found. I -- this constitution every speech -- talk about it in the operator's manual of America. It's how America works. It's -- how America. But there's another document equally important which is the why America. And that's the declaration of independence. And in that declaration is these words we hold these truths to be self evident that all men are created people. And endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights. That. That race. Was the most transformational phrase ever written the government -- That phrase. So that we are going to be a country. With limited government. And believing in free people to be able to form families and communities and churches and educational institutions and hospitals and be able to building great injustice side. A free society from the bottom up. That's how America works best. From the bottom up. And that's the solutions that we're gonna propose for America the bottom. Okay. The men and women who signed that declaration of independence. Wrote this final phrase. We pledge to each up. We pledge to each other on lives our fortunes. And sacred. When they signed that document. They had very little hope real hope. Of actually succeed in a revolution against the British. The British. For the most powerful army in the world a navy in the world. -- ruled by highly educated noble people. The uniforms were -- and -- They looked good. But their rulers. -- ruled them from on high. Didn't listen to them. As they fought the revolutionary war. Our leaders were different. George Washington. The signature leader of America. Was different. He understood. That the greatness of this new country. Was to have leaders who understood it. -- in spite of their breeding and education. They didn't have all the answers. They can trust. The people that rag -- group of people who stepped forward to volunteer. To create freedom in this line. And they believed. General Washington believed and -- in fact some of his boldest moves came not from him. Or his generals but from the ranks. That's how America's freedom was -- Leaders believing. In the people that it. Against those. Who just thought all the answers resided. In those charge. Ladies and gentlemen that. It's what made America free. And that. Is what will make America free. Okay. Okay. Okay.

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