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QUESTION OF THE DAY: DO YOU THINK SANTORUM CAN GO ALL THE WAY?

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With the wind at his back, do you think presidential candidate Rick Santorum can survive and go all the way to the top to win as our presidential nominee…he gave one heck of a heartfelt speech last night…hope you take the time to listen to him in the video above.

This is via the Blaze and the AP:

“This is a Cinderella story,” said Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz, the only statewide elected official to endorse Santorum. “Two weeks ago we were in last place.”

Santorum’s surge was built on a traditional Iowa caucus campaign: showing up often, meeting as many activists as possible, and paying attention to the state where precinct caucuses launch the presidential nominating season.

“This has been an incredible journey – all 99 counties, 381 town hall meetings, 36 Pizza Ranches,” Santorum said.

The former senator from Pennsylvania based his showing on strong backing from the evangelicals and social conservatives who play an important role in the state’s Republican politics. His victory speech reflected that sentiment.

“God has given us this great country to allow his people to be free,” he said. “I offer a public thanks to God.”

Santorum moved almost immediately to take advantage of his strong finish, firing out a fundraising appeal to deal with his most pressing problem, a lack of money.

“It’s now or never for conservative voters,” his appeal said. “I am the only authentic, passionate conservative who can unite the GOP.”

The crowd jamming his victory celebration waited patiently for the votes to be counted, occasionally singing songs like “Amazing Grace” and chanting “We pick Rick.”

Santorum talked of his grandfather, who he said worked in the Pennsylvania coal mines to bring the rest of the family to America.

“My dad taught me to work hard,” he said. “There are so many men and women who would love to work, but they don’t have the opportunity.”

Santorum vowed to offer something different than other Republicans by focusing on bolstering the nation’s industrial base.

“There is another vision that some Republicans offer which is just let’s cut taxes, let’s just reduce spending and everything will be fine,” he said.

Santorum called for a focus on industrial jobs.

“We found those jobs leaving Iowa,” he said. “It’s because the government made worker uncompetitive by driving up the cost of doing business.”

Closing his campaign by appealing to young people, he expanded on the theme of smaller government.

“It will crush your pocketbook in the future,” he said. “Hold the candidates accountable to the intractable problem of exploding government.”

Bob Vander Plaats, who heads the conservative Family Leader and endorsed Santorum, said the result have a clear impact.

“It means we have a true pro-family conservative to go one on one with Mitt Romney,” he said.

Here’s some from El Rusbo today as well.

“Santorum Won, That’s the Bottom Line”

“Don’t Be Fooled, Santorum Is Not Big Govt. in the Sense that the Left is Big Govt.”

We all know the long knives are out now for Santorum big time…but seems to me he may make major strides in the future…then again, I could be wrong.

So Dudes and Dudettes add your thoughts…do you think we have a good chance with Santorum from here on out, or do you think he is just the newest ‘Flavor of the Month’ with Romney sitting back in the Cat Bird’s Seat smiling all the way behind the scenes as the msm does their usual attack on the next guy with momentum on our side of the aisle…or does he realistically have a viable chance to gain support as the days go on?

I did love his opening with these words to his wife in his speech last night:

“A Best Friend is Somebody Who Knows The Song in your Heart When You have Forgotten the Words.”

As Santorum says ~ ‘Game On’ indeed!

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