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Rick Santorum makes hard-line pitch, wins backing of Miami's Latin Builders

Compared to Newt Gingrich, former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania gave a more personal speech before the Latin Builders Association in Miami Friday, with a more explicit appeal to Cuban-American voters. 

Along with stump-speech pledges to lower taxes and rollback President Barack Obama's regulations, Santorum told the story of his grandfather, an Italian immigrant who worked in Pennsylvania coal mines until he was 72 years old.  

"Those were the hands that dug freedom for me in America," he said. He then praised Miami's Cuban-American community for its "passion for freedom." 

Santorum then vowed to take a hard-line against any alliance between Iran and Venezuela, which Santorum described as "Cuba Part B." 

Santorum's speech won over the builders. Following the forum, the LBA's board voted to endorse Santorum in the Republican primary.

 "We are most interested in supporting a candidate that is going to reinvigorate the economy," said Bernie Navarro, the LBA's president.

--SCOTT HIAASEN

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arale norimaki

To Rick Santorum The whole line that marriage existed before governments is utter bullshitt. You know what marriage was then, it was a contract between a man and the woman's father.It used to be about owning a woman and joining families together for power and property.

Berkley Carter Mills

...just as long as you guys know that he sold you out !!he and bush gave the wallstreeters/bankers 12.8 tril $$ of your tax $ so they could stay rich and not lose everything..meanwhile we now owe 300 billion $ for every man woman and child to pay off this debt;;;interest is 1.2 tril a yr ...its all there..google...""bloomberg vs federal reserve 12.8 tril $$""..and..pbs.org FRONTLINE..""inside the meltdown ""...and he talks about his folks working til 72 yrs old...well he gets to retire after 25 yrs w/80 % of his salary and we pay 97 % of it in taxes...perry just retired and is getting 80,000 $ a yr fr his 25 yrs of working...we work for 47 yrs and get an average of 1,000 $ a mo !!..yea keep voting repubs !!

Dr  Karl oreste

I am a register republican but i am not impressed with Mitt or Newt because they are attacking Obama instead of come up with a new proposal how to fix the housing market and create jobs.I like Obama as a person but i am not sold on him as a president.To me his vision is limited but none of the 2 majors republican contenders has a vision where to take this great country.I am for a small government but there is time in life that the government has to step in to save an industry.

James

Obama has already done the hard work to improve the economy.
Remember how the economy was three years ago when he came to power due to the greed of those corporations in Wall Street that were selling paper houses. Those corporations either did not care or were clueless as to the damage that they were doing to the nation. All they cared about was that they making billions of dollars.
The housing bubble nearly destroyed the world economic system. And those that made the most money are now ready to take away all the regulations that were put in place to avoid a recurrence of that disaster.

Joe

As the junior Senator from Illinois, Barack Obama was famous for voting present rather than taking a tough vote. By comparison, Senator Santorum was noted for making principled votes. Oh, by the way James, do you consider borrowing trillions from China the "hard" work done to improve (?) our economy?

Topgoonie

James, since you mentioned the housing bubble, you do know, right, that Dems controlled Congress and forced banks to make loans to people who had no means to pay for them? Barney Frank, probably one of your heroes, was the major player in that debacle.
You need to do a little learning instead of just listening to what the biased media is telling you. Do some digging, get some facts.

BERKLEYCARTERMILLS

...JAMES...THE BANKS DID,NT MAKE THE LOANS..IT WAS THE LENDING TREES RUNNING AROUND POSING AS BANKS AND NOT APPLYING THE RULES OF BORROWING...THEN THEY SOLD THE BAD STUFF TO BANKS...GET IT RIGHT ...FRANK/DODD HAD NOTHING TO DO W/IT !!..........................................AND JOE...ALL THAT MONEY MITT AND OTHERS PUT INTO OFFSHORE ACCTS ENDS UP IN CHINA TO BUILD OUR FACTORIES THERE ((LIKE GM WHICH IS LARGEST MOST MODERN FACTORY IN WORLD ))..SO WE ARE JUST BORROWING IT BACK FROM THEIR CAPITAL GAINS TAX BREAKS...AND OF COURSE WE GET TO HEAR MITT ....SAY I DON'T KNOW I HAVE TRUST FUNDS AND MANAGERS !!YEA BUL PO-PO

wayne

....soon he will receive the endorsement of the Hispanic Mosquito Sprayers Association....

Dr  Karl oreste

I like Romney but i have a question for him ,why some one like him that want to be the president of the United State keep some of his money in overseas bank instead of American banks when the bank in the US need that money to lend to small businesses to create more jobs in this country.There is nothing wrong of been rich but some one that rich keep the majority of his money overseas is not fit to be president of this great country that is going thru the worst recession ever.Some one that love America is some one that is ready to give his life,invest his money to make life easier for the rest of the Americans.Make money ,save it not invest it to create new jobs is not patriotic keep it away from american banks is a serious problem

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