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Sunday, March 25, 2012

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Santorum rallies supporters in Fond du Lac


FOND DU LAC – Rick Santorum urged supporters Sunday to ignore the “pundit class” that’s giving him little chance to beat Mitt Romney and made a personal appeal to voters here, saying he has “similar roots” to those from Wisconsin.

“I know how important it is to small town and rural America to mine, to drill, be able to harvest timber, have the opportunity to go out and make things through manufacturing and processing jobs,” Santorum said at a bowling alley.

“We want to have made in America stamped on everything we buy here in America.”

As he did in Milwaukee on Saturday, Santorum blasted both Romney and President Obama on health care, trying to link the former governor’s efforts in Massachusetts with the federal health care law approved in 2009.

“Why in the world would a Wisconsin voter nominate the one person in America who authored the blueprint for Obamacare?” he asked.

Coming off a big win in Louisiana, Santorum was greeted before a large and boisterous crowd.

“That’s why I do these rallies,” he said. “I want you to get a chance to see me warts and all. I want you to be able to look in the eyes and say this is a guy I can trust.”

Santorum said people are saying it would take an act of God for him to win this election and said he believes in acts of God. He also proclaimed his policies aren’t written on an Etch-a-Sketch, rather they’re written on his heart, in one dig at Romney.

Santorum also ripped into what he said is Obama’s reluctance to drill for oil and get it anywhere but the Middle East.

“It’s a ripple effect,” Santorum said. “Obama is making us more dependent on those who want to kill us.”

He said Obama has a two-letter energy policy -- no.

-- By Jim Cryns

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