VIDEO: Rick Santorum Joins Republican Field For 2016 Election

By  //  May 28, 2015

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ABOVE VIDEO: Former Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) announced his intention to seek the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. Republican Rick Santorum, the former senator from Pennsylvania, announced Wednesday that he is running for president. (World News HD Video)

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Republican Rick Santorum, who fell short in his 2012 presidential bid, launched another run for the White House on Wednesday with a promise to restore the economic power of middle-class American workers. (Facebook Image)

Republican Rick Santorum who fell short in his 2012 presidential bid, launched a run for the White House on Wednesday with a promise to restore the economic power of middle-class American workers.

His decision to suspend his campaign four year ago came on the heels of the hospitalization of Bella, his daughter, who was released from the hospital after facing an illness.

It was the second time since the beginning of the year that she has required hospitalization.

Bella suffers from a chromosomal condition called Trisomy 18.

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Rick Santorum

“Today is the day we are going to begin to fight back,” said Rick Santorum.

“As middle America’s hollowing out we can’t sit idly by. Working families don’t need another president tied to big government or big money.”

“Four years ago no one gave us a chance,” he said, “but we won 11 states, we got four million votes, and it’s not just because I stood for something, it’s because I stood for someone – the American worker.”

Santorum is a passionate pro-life conservative and two decades ago, he was elected to the House of Representatives as one of the new GOP freshmen ready to take on the status quo in Washington.

A decade later, Santorum beat Democratic Sen. Harris Wofford and he moved up the ranks of the Republican Senate leadership as a young activist who was set to take on the slow-moving chamber and instill a reform ethic.

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He is the seventh Republican to formally declare a bid for the nomination, more than a year ahead of the November 2016 presidential election, joining a group that includes US Senators Marco Rubio, Rand Paul and Ted Cruz.

Other Republicans expected to jump into the race include former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.


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