Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) says Republican leaders have not yet recognized the GOP's shift to a party for working-class voters.

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During an interview with CNN’s “New Day” on Wednesday, Santorum called on party leaders to understand whom the GOP appeals to.

“The Republican Party has changed,” he said. “A lot of the people in this party, in leadership, don’t recognize that; they refuse to accept it. And most of them are the funders. They have refused to accept that the Republican Party is no longer the white, suburban, corporate — you know, folks that go to the club.

“That’s not the Republican Party anymore. The Republican Party is a party that is increasingly blue-collar.”

Santorum added that the GOP doesn’t perform as well in white-collar suburbs as it once did.

“The Democrats were the party … of working folks,” he continued. “That just isn’t the party [anymore]; it’s [presumptive Democratic presidential nominee] Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham Clinton3 ways government can help clean up Twitter Intelligence Democrat: Stop using 'quid pro quo' to describe Trump allegations The Memo: Bloomberg's 2020 moves draw ire from Democrats MORE, who’s a Wall Street globalist, and [GOP presidential nominee] Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpThis week: House kicks off public phase of impeachment inquiry Impeachment week: Trump probe hits crucial point Judd Gregg: The big, big and bigger problem MORE, who’s the blue-collar guy.”