But he also went as far as to say that America “always needs a Jesus candidate,” quoting a statement to a Boston radio interviewer during a town hall event at Windham High School.
During that interview earlier in the day, the man questioning him told him the country needs an “economic candidate.”
But Santorum pushed those in attendance to consider faith and family, and if they really mean it when they say “God Bless America” or if they do not.
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NBC Reports: Casting aside current tensions between the U.S. and Iran, the U.S. Navy on Friday rescued 13 Iranian seamen who were being held captive by Somali pirates in the Gulf of Oman.
A Navy helicopter from the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis, responding to a distress call from a merchant ship under attack by pirates, chased the pirates to their “mother ship,” an Iranian-flagged dhow that had earlier been hijacked.
A heavily-armed counter-piracy team from the Navy destroyer USS Kidd met little resistance when they boarded the dhow where they found 15 armed pirates and the 13 Iranians who were being held hostage. The pirates were taken into custody. The Iranians were set free in their dhow.
After the Texas governor finished fifth in the Iowa caucuses on Tuesday night, Perry’s staff and volunteers gathered around the bar in a Des Moines hotel to say goodbyes, drink beer and mourn what appeared to be the end of his quest for the Republican nomination for president.
Perry had, after all, just said that he would return to Texas and “reassess” his campaign in a speech that had all the markings of a withdrawal from the race.
Only it wasn’t. Less than 12 hours later, Perry – still in Iowa – surprisingly declared that he would continue in the race, and make South Carolina his make-or-break state.
What changed his mind?
Senior Perry aides, friends and staff members told Reuters that after a restless night, Perry and his staff ultimately decided there were four reasons the campaign should continue.
Most significantly, his team essentially calculated that Rick Santorum, who emerged in Iowa as the leading conservative alternative to former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, isn’t a strong enough candidate to hold that position in future contests.
Perry’s campaign also received calls from supporters in Texas, who urged the governor not to give up. And Perry aides determined that their campaign – more so than those of Santorum, a former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania, or former House speaker Newt Gingrich – had the organization and fund-raising abilities to compete with Romney in the South Carolina primary on January 21.
Finally, Perry decided that he did not want to leave the race without competing in South Carolina, a state whose conservative voting base is more in line with his politics than middle-of-the road Iowa or New Hampshire, which will hold its primary on Tuesday.