By Alexander Bolton - 08/15/13 06:16 PM EDT
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and other likely 2016 GOP presidential candidates are sounding populist themes in battleground states, trying to distance themselves from Mitt Romney’s 2012 campaign.
Cruz, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) have been reaching out to working-class voters as they visit states like Iowa and New Hampshire, in the belief that Romney's bid fell short because he did not try hard enough to win over that segment of the voting public.
Santorum declared at the Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa, that it’s time for the party to abandon the dictum that “a rising tide lifts all boats.”
“We need to reject this idea that well if we build the economy all boats will rise and everybody will be fine,” he declared. “Most people I know have holes in their boats. And when that tide rises sometimes they don’t rise; sometimes they sink.”