Friday morning at the Conservative Leadership Conference, presidential candidate Rick Santorum focused on how the Republican Party (RNC) can improve in 2016.
Santorum said that on the Tuesday of the 2012 Republican National Convention, the focus was on businesses. Speaker after speaker, he said, spoke about how they had built their own businesses without help from Obama. It was fantastic he added, “but what about the working person”. The person who works for small businesses that were built without help from the government.
Santorum said there was “not one single worker” that appeared on stage and that the RNC missed an opportunity to appeal to the members of the working class…those who are helped by business being created.
“We must tell people what we support and what we have done to help the working class. Often they don’t hear our message,” due to the drone of unions and the Democratic Party. We must tell them how conservative ideas and action make them better off.
He went on to say that “we must tell people what we have done.”
We need to discuss, he added, the how “government has caused the breakdown of the American Family”.
An example he used was bowling. “Americans used to bowl. They took their families to the bowling alley or they joined leagues with other married couples.”
Today, everyone wants to sit at home and communicate with the world on their laptops. People aren’t joiners anymore. We are spearated from one another. People need other people.
He mentioned his latest book, It Takes A Family. Santorium believes kids need families, rather than villages, he said without invoking the name of the woman who came up with the cliche “it takes a village”.
Recently at CPAC, a moderate attendee asked him, if Santorum “was he too religious to be elected president.”
Later that week, he appeared to a packed house of 2,000 at Yale University. The students came “armed”. Santorum made his speech, than spent an hour and a half answering their questions.
The Yale students told him that they had never even heard of such conservative ideas.
The candidate continued speaking on marriage and family. “The role that the government has played in our lives has lead to the decline of the family.”
He urged the CLC audience to “stop self-censoring”.
“Don’t be afraid to talk about social issues, as well as fiscal issues during the next campaign. We are too afraid to push our morality to give every child a chance.
He appreciates Governors Sam Brownback and Mike Pence. Santorum likes how they restored vocational education to high schools to help students who want to work in those areas. Those two states have successful graduates of those programs.
The candidate closed by urging all conservatives to get out and spread the message, especially about morality.
Editor’s Note: I was at that 2012 Republican Convention and it was the most fun I’ve ever had at a political event. I covered it on my former blog, Katy’s Conservative Corner. The RNC did a great job but there are always room for improvements.
I look forward to covering the the next RNC convention..