Santorum: GOP needs to be 'party of the worker'

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum (R) made a populist pitch to social conservatives at the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s "Road to the Majority" conference on Friday.

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Santorum told the friendly crowd that blue-collar conservatives “are the future of America,” and said that the GOP has grown out of touch with average Americans.

“We are a party, we are a movement that continues to focus on certain issues that I believe are, well let’s just say, not as relevant to average Americans as they used to be,” he said.

Instead of the GOP’s “country club” values, Santorum said the party should focus on workers.

“We need to have an agenda that speaks across the economic spectrum. We need to be the party of the worker, not just of the business,” Santorum said. “We need to be a movement that says, we want to make things in America.”

Santorum was the favorite of social conservatives during the 2012 presidential race and is considering another run in 2016. This time around, however, he’ll likely have stronger competition for that voting bloc from the likes of Sens. Ted Cruz (Texas) and Rand Paul (Ky.), both social conservative favorites who also received a warm reception at the conference.