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August 28, 2012 - 6:47 pm

On a night focused on small business and President Obama’s “you didn’t build that” line, onetime Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum brought the social conservatism to the Republican National Convention.

The former senator promoted the right to life and traditional marriage while reflecting on his working-class roots and Italian immigrant family in what was more like a campaign speech with just a handful of references to the nominated ticket.

“Under President Obama, the dream of freedom and opportunity has become a nightmare of dependency,” Santorum said. “…The president’s plan didn’t work for America because that’s not how America works.”

He promoted education, hard work, and getting married before having children as the keys to staying out of poverty.

“The fact is that marriage is disappearing in the place where government dependency is the highest,” Santorum said.”If America is going to succeed we must stop the assault on marriage and the family in America today.”

He also hit at the administration’s change of welfare work rules. “President Obama rules like he is above the law,” he said, and if the commander in chief continues unabated “we will no longer be a republic.”

Santorum reflected on his time on the campaign trail. “I shook the hand of the American dream and it has a strong grip,” he said.

Bridget Johnson is a career journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.
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