While disdaining rhetoric about class in America, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum urged conservatives to stick to their values and worry more about what's good for the country than what's good for winning elections.
Mr. Santorum was introduced at his CPAC speech by billionaire Foster Friess, his biggest contributor in 2012, who sounded as though he would be willing to enlist in the 2016 bid that Mr. Santorum is considering. He said that the fomer senator, "just knows what he believes, knows his heart, and is willing to take the grief that people throw at him.''
Here's some excerpts from Salon's report:
"The 2012 presidential candidate said the media had erred in attributing his appeal (winning “more states than any second-place finisher since a guy…named Reagan”), to just being a cultural conservative, when in fact “everybody in that race was a cultural conservative.” Instead, Santorum – and his billionaire funder Foster Freiss, who introduced his speech – argued that what set him apart was his ability to connect with working Americans. “All we’re talking about is cutting taxes for high-income people – it doesn’t exactly connect emotionally,” said the former Pennsylvania Senator, offering his campaign plan to cut taxes on manufacturing companies as a policy with more blue-collar appeal.