Rick Santorum announces presidential bid

Fri. May 29, 2015 7:00 AM by Carlos Santoscoy

Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum on Wednesday formally announced his bid for the White House.

Four years ago, Santorum came in behind Mitt Romney in the race for the Republican presidential nomination.

He announced his candidacy at a cinderblock warehouse near his hometown in Pennsylvania, surrounded by factory workers and six of his seven children.

"I am proud to stand here, among you and for you, the American workers who have sacrificed so much, to announce that I am running for president of the United States," Santorum said.

"The last race, we changed the debate. This race, with your help and God's grace, we can change this nation."

Santorum has spent much of his political career opposing marriage equality and access to abortion.

On Wednesday, he vowed to "fight for the freedom for you to believe what you are called to believe, not just in your places of worship, but outside your places of worship, too."

Santorum has previously warned that allowing gay couples to marry could possibly lead to "man on child" and "man on dog" marriages, bans on free speech and "the destruction of our republic."

However, he faces stiff competition in courting social conservatives. None of the announced Republican candidates support marriage equality and many, such as Texas Senator Ted Cruz and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, are vocal in their opposition.

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