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Rick Santorum on the ‘How’ and ‘Why’ of America

8:08 AM, Feb 29, 2012 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
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Speaking after his 3-point loss (41 to 38 percent) to Mitt Romney in Michigan, which will net him between 12 and 15 of the 30 delegates in Romney’s native state, Rick Santorum said: 

Rick Santorum

Rick Santorum

“All of our economic plan is based on a very simple concept, based on what’s worked for America from its very Founding. I wave this [pocket] Constitution at every speech, and I talk about it being the operator’s manual of America. It’s how America works. It’s the ‘how’ of America.

“But there’s another document equally important, which is the ‘why’ of America, and that’s the Declaration of Independence. And in that Declaration [are] these words: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, and endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights.’

“That — that phrase was the most transformational phrase ever written in a government document. That phrase said that we are going to be a country with limited government, and believing in free people to be able to form families, and communities, and churches, and educational institutions, and hospitals, and be able to build a great and just society, a free society, from the bottom up. That’s how America works best, from the bottom up. And…the solutions that we’re gonna propose for America [will be from] the bottom up.”

See the whole speech here.

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