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April 10th, 2012
 

Santorum Honors Iowans As He Exits Presidential Race

As Rick Santorum departed the GOP presidential race on Tuesday, he paid homage to some of the Iowans who played a crucial role in his campaign. Much of Santorum’s 14-minute speech focused on his time spent in Iowa. He specifically mentioned campaign aide Chuck Laudner, Sioux City talk show host Sam Clovis, and super-volunteer Wendy Jensen, who passed away in December.

He also discussed how his time spent in Iowa shaped his campaign message. here are the quotes from Santorum’s speech that included Iowa references. The full video is below:

On Chuck Laudner

“After a while, it became less about my stories and more about what kept us going were your stories. Stories of people across America we had a privilege of getting the chance to know and to interact with… One such story was a guy named Chuck who had a pickup truck and joined our team and drove us around in his Dodge Ram pickup truck for months on end. Did so as a volunteer, because he believed. He believed that we provided the best opportunity to turn this country around.”

On Sam Clovis and an Iowa veteran

“I met a lot of folks in Iowa that I’ll never forget. Folks like Sam Clovis who’s a talk show host, and I’ll never forget this fighter pilot, a man of very strong convictions welling up and tearing up about what was going in our country. Particularly with our national security. And laying out, not a three-legged stool of Ronald Reagan, but a four-legged stool, with the Constitution being one of those vitally important legs that we had forgotten about.”

On Wendy Jensen

“People like Wendy Jensen, who was our best volunteer. 5,000 phone calls. And just a few days before the primary, because she was someone who was dealing with a disability, dealing with an illness, she passed away shortly before the Caucus, but was someone, that I remembered her passion for the least of us. Those who are on the margins of society, as many would have looked at her.”

The birth of the sweater vest

“Even fun things like the sweater vest. Amazing thing that sweater vest. It happened on a night I was doing an event for Mike Huckabee in Des Moines.  I showed up and everybody was in suits and ties and I showed up in a sweater vest and it turned out I gave a pretty good speech that night and all of a sudden the Twitterverse went wild and saying it must be the sweater vest. From that point on, the sweater vest became the official wardrobe of the Santorum campaign.”

Touring Iowa

“We have tried to be a witness, not just for your stories and your voice, but to provide a hopeful vision, not a negative campaign. We travelled around doing 385 town hall meetings in Iowa. We weren’t out there trashing anybody. We went our in our campaign from that point on and provided a hopeful, positive vision for our country. One that was based on how we could get this country turned around.”

Photo by Dave Davidson, Prezography.com

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Kevin Hall
Kevin Hall brings almost two decades of journalistic experience to TheIowaRepublican. Starting in college as a radio broadcaster, Hall eventually became a television anchor/reporter for stations in North Carolina, Missouri, and Iowa. During the 2007 caucus cycle, Hall changed careers and joined the political realm. He was the northwest Iowa field director for Fred Thompson's presidential campaign. Hall helped Terry Branstad return to the governor's office by organizing southwest Iowa for Branstad's 2010 campaign. Hall serves as a reporter/columnist for TheIowaRepublican.com.




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