Rick Santorum Reaffirms Commitment to Social Conservative Cause

Jun 4, 2011 11:29am

ABC News’ Arlette Saenz reports:

Rick Santorum, who espoused social conservative causes during his time in Congress, reaffirmed his commitment to pro-life and marriage issues as he spoke to a crowd at the Faith & Freedom Coalition conference Saturday morning. 

“I just don’t take the pledge. I take the bullets,” Santorum said. “I stand out in front and I lead to make sure the voices of those who do not have a voice are out in front and being included in the national debate.”

During his two terms as a senator from Pennsylvania, Santorum was a vocal opponent of abortion rights and supported the preservation of traditional marriage. 

Typically pegged as the candidate of social conservatives, Santorum pledged to differentiate himself from this typeset during the campaign. 

He delved into foreign policy in his speech, talking about the need to maintain America’s strong relationship with Israel, but stayed away from touching on the debt limit or jobs.

“Americans have now realized that what they need is not someone they can believe in, but they need a president who believes in them,” Santorum said.  “If we don’t win this election, what we will have done is given away the great gift of America.”

Santorum will make his presidential campaign official Monday morning in Somerset, Pa. — a place of personal significance for him.

It was in Somerset County where Santorum’s grandfather first settled in America after emigrating from Italy. 

Santorum will appear on “Good Morning America” for an exclusive interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos Monday morning before his announcement.

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