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Rick Santorum Speaks About Founding Fathers to Crowd in Moneta

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Franklin Co. VA - Former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum campaigned in our area Monday working to get votes for Mitt Romney.

He made stops in Roanoke, Martinsville, and Moneta.

Santorum talked at length about our Founding Fathers and also hit on the budget, voter turnout, even joked about a person in the audience wearing a sweater vest, Santorum's signature shirt.

The crowd, mostly supporters, mostly liked what Santorum had to say. When he heard the Romney-Ryan campaign bus would be rolling in to Franklin County, GOP County Chairman Bradford Archer was very surprised.

"I got the phone call, and I almost drove off the road. I was told it was going to be someone special, but I had no idea," he said.

Some in the crowd preferred Santorum to Romney in the primary. Now, Santorum's in the Romney camp.

"The Mitt Romney I saw in the last two debates was a heck of a lot better than the Mitt Romney who debated me. He has upped his game," said Santorum to the crowd.

"He's bound to be a good guy if he'll help a man out that he ran against," said CO Jamison.

"You can still be friends, even though you compete," said Bradford Archer, chair of the Franklin County GOP.

This rally was an opportunity to rally a conservative Southwest Virginia base. The Juranichs like Santorum and say Romney will win.

"You're not going to grow jobs by growing the government," said John Juranich.

A former senator from a Northern state, Santorum touted his Winchester, Virginia roots and Virginia's importance in Election 2012.

"I just wanted to get around here to encourage you, to encourage you that this election matters," Santorum said.

There's one presidential debate left on Monday night, and foreign policy will be the main focus. For the GOP, America needs a new course at home and abroad.

"Syria is devolving in to a mess, Israel is insecure. I mean, this is a dangerous area of the world that has become much more dangerous as a result of President Obama's policies," said Santorum.

Santorum said President Obama pledged to change America and he kept that promise. Santorum says this country is fundamentally different than what the Founding Fathers intended.

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