Santorum: GOP Needs to Be Pro-Worker, Pro-Business, Pro-Life

Sunday, 01 Jun 2014 08:22 AM

By Elliot Jager

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Rick Santorum says the GOP must not allow moderate-leaning donors to sidetrack its conservative agenda, Breitbart reported.

Speaking in New Orleans at the Republican Leadership Conference, the former Pennsylvania senator and 2012 presidential candidate told Breitbart that Republicans must not downplay the issues that are important to its social conservative base. When the party goes along with the moderate Republican establishment as it did by nominating Mitt Romney and John McCain — the result is defeat at the polls.

He told Breitbart News Saturday's Stephen Bannon that Republicans who have shifted away from the party were "trying to dictate the future."

Living in New York and Washington, D.C., they are unaware just how vibrant conservative values remain. He contrasted contributors to the Democratic party who embrace its liberal agenda with Republican donors who push ideas that are out of touch with the party's base and core values, according to Breitbart.

In his new book, "Blue Collar Conservatives," Santorum argued that the GOP needed to be pro-growth and pro-worker.

"We have a message that is stuck in what the party used to be … the party of business," Santorum told the New Orleans gathering on Saturday. "Our message has to be a message of growth. But it can't just be pro-growth, it has to be pro-growth and pro-worker," MSNBC reported.

"We can't win by dividing. We have to win by uniting. And we have to have a message of unity that includes all of America and recognizes that America isn't just about creating business and grabbing the brass ring," Santorum concluded.

Santorum, who produces religious-oriented movies as CEO of the EchoLight Studios film-production company, said the party needed to remain faithful to pro-family values, according to Breitbart.

He said that "people care about life. People care about the family," and playing down these issues on the national stage was a mistake. The GOP establishment often signals that it does not care about these issues. That makes Republican politicians appear deceitful in light of the fact that the party's platform is solidly pro-life.

"And who's going to vote for a fraud?" he asked, according to Breitbart.

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