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Sen. Rick Santorum visits Mason City


This news story was published on December 27, 2011.
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Senator Rick Santorum, of Pennsylvania, visited Mason City’s Historic Park Inn Hotel on Tuesday at noon.

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He was greeted by an enthusiastic crowd, somewhat larger than the crowds that recently showed up for his opponents Michele Bachmann and Texas Governor Rick Perry.

Santorum spoke on a range of subjects, including the usual hot-button issues such as health care, Iran’s nuclear capabilities, the federal budget and deficits, and personal freedoms. He called the program that handles the excess funds the federal government has withheld from working Americans’ paychecks over the years a “ponzi scheme.” He said that until recently, the federal government took in more than it paid out in Social Security payments and that the excess funds, by law, were used to buy government bonds. Then, the money was spent.  So in essence, the American people invested by borrowing from itself.

Like Bachmann, Santorum also mentioned Ronald Reagan prominently and former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

Santorum was in Sheffield earlier Tuesday morning and spoke at Sukup Manufacturing.

Another Santorum opponent, Newt Gingrich, will also be in Mason City this week. Gingrich will visit Southbridge Mall on Wednesday at 10:30 am.

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4 Responses to Sen. Rick Santorum visits Mason City

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    lucky one Reply Report comment

    December 30, 2011 at 9:07 am

    How does the saying go? The cream always rises to the top. But I’m afraid Romney has already been picked for us, just like McCain was. To bad it has to be that way.

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    No No No!!! Reply Report comment

    December 29, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    What a waste of time going through all those 68 photos linked above. 8 good shots in the whole bunch, aprox. and 60 all of Rick’s stomach view. Someone ought to weed out the repeats and save the rest of you time going through them. JMHO.

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    Nancy Hanbuckle Reply Report comment

    December 27, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    Didn’t go but heard he had a nice turnout. I’lll be considering Rick for my vote.

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      No No No!!! Reply Report comment

      December 29, 2011 at 7:54 pm

      Out of the blue, many are considering voting for Rick. Now that’s a good thing.