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Santorum: ‘I’m going after working people’ for Romney

Santorum: 'I'm going after working people' for Romney

TAMPA, Fla. — Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum believes that working class voters are the key to a win by the Romney-Ryan ticket this fall and plans to devote time and energy to bringing them to the polls.

In an exclusive interview with Human Events a few hours after his address to the Republican National Convention Tuesday, the runner-up to Mitt Romney in the presidential nomination race said that he plans to use his new Patriot Voices group and its website “to energize people in six swing states.” In swing states such as Colorado, Iowa, North Carolina and Ohio, Santorum told us, “we will be working hard to turn out our people.”

By “our people,” the former Pennsylvania senator explained, he means the blue-collar, pro-family workers he spoke of in his convention address earlier in the evening.

“You may recall the exit polls had me losing badly (in the Republican primaries) in Mississippi and Alabama, among other states,” Santorum said, noting that he won both handily. He also cited his near victory in Michigan, Romney’s home state.

“In all of those states, I ran ahead of the exit polls,” he said, adding that he discussed what he called “this phenomenon” with his pollster Neil Newhouse, who later give him some “pretty astounding analysis. His surveys found that if you were voting for me between early morning and noon, I was ahead (of Romney) by four percentage points, if you voted between noon and five, I was down by five points, and if you voted after 5 p.m., I was ahead by 21 percentage points. You know what that means? Working people were voting for me in large numbers.

“That’s who we’re going after.”

As he escorted his mother from the convention center, the former presidential candidate gave his assessment of Human Events pick of him as secretary of labor in a Romney “dream cabinet.” Chuckling, he said: “I have to be ‘secretary of my household’ first.”

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