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Aaron Hagen/Gaily Globe Republican Presidential candidate Rick Santorum Spoke Monday night at the Palace Theatre in Luverne, asking voters for support.
Aaron Hagen/Gaily Globe Republican Presidential candidate Rick Santorum Spoke Monday night at the Palace Theatre in Luverne, asking voters for support.

Rick Santorum visits Luverne

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LUVERNE -- At the Palace Theatre in Luverne, Republican Presidential candidate Rick Santorum spoke to a full house Monday night. He told the crowd they had the power to change a country that was leaning toward statism and socialism -- that had become far from perfect.

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"You have the opportunity to do something about it without risking your life or fortune, but you do risk your honor," Santorum said. "I don't want to be any one of you if you go home and don't try to make a difference -- if you have to look your child or grandchild in the eye and say, 'I knew, but I was busy.'"

His first remarks addressed a question on many minds. Why Luverne?

"We were successful in Iowa, and the best county there was Lyon County," he said. "We got over 60 percent in Lyon County. So we thought we'd float right up the river to Rock County."

Santorum referred to Luverne as a part of the country that shows its values. The foundation of a country, he said, based on faith.

What makes America great are the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution and the religion of America, told his audience.

We are not all created equal, he said, but different people who are creatures of a loving God that gives us equal rights.

"Those rights come from God, not from the state," he said. "The constitution is there to do one thing -- protect your God-given rights, so you can live freely to pursue happiness."

What is threatening the country is the definition of happiness, which he said has changed.

"At the time of our founders, the definition was 'do the morally right thing,' which gave us the freedom to what we ought to do," Santorum said.

Anything the president or government can give us, they can take away from you, he told the crowd, saying, "If the government says you have the right to something, they will tell you how to exercise that right."

The 2012 election will be the most important election of their lifetime, Santorum informed the audience. While he has been talking about issues, Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney have been attacking each other personally, he said, which is distracting.

The foundation of our country and economy is the family, and when the family breaks down, America breaks down and the government gets bigger, he said. If the home isn't healthy, America isn't healthy.

While some might say America's greatest value is its diversity, Santorum disagreed.

"It is how we overcome our diversity," he clarified. "Different faiths, backgrounds, come together to be one. If we don't believe that any more, how are we ever going to come together?

"If all we ever celebrate are our differences, how do we come together as one?"

Unless things change, he added, we will be the generation that failed America.

His own grandfather came to America with a child and worked in a mine until he was 72 years old. As a teenager, Santorum looked into his grandfather's coffin, concentrating on the man's large working-man hands.

"Hands that clawed out freedom for me in the U.S," Santorum said passionately.

Remembering that, he was inspired to campaign, he said.

"I wasn't going to allow America to be lost on my watch. Too many people have suffered too much."

During a question and answer session, Santorum laughed at a man who asked if Romney should get out of the race and make way for him.

"That's a very juicy worm, but there's a hook in that worm," he said. "I believe everyone who wants to run for president should have the right to do so."

Many citizens have commented, he said, that he is their favorite candidate, but they weren't going to vote for him because he can't win.

"Well, if everyone who says that would vote for me, we'd win," he said. "Having the most money isn't going to win this race -- having the best candidate will."

Santorum said he is the candidate who will make the election about President Barack Obama's failures.

"I ask for your help -- your vote," he asked, then laughed. "Let's make Lyon County look like pikers when they came up with 60 percent of the vote."

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