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Rick Santorum talks jobs to residents of Florence County

Rick Santorum held a town hall meeting in Florence Saturday morning during his “Take Back America” tour. (Source: Conor McCue). Rick Santorum held a town hall meeting in Florence Saturday morning during his “Take Back America” tour. (Source: Conor McCue).
The former Pennsylvania senator officially announced he is joining the race for President of the United States. (Source: Conor McCue). The former Pennsylvania senator officially announced he is joining the race for President of the United States. (Source: Conor McCue).
the senator planned to address the needs to revitalize and rebuild the American manufacturing sector. (Source: Conor McCue). the senator planned to address the needs to revitalize and rebuild the American manufacturing sector. (Source: Conor McCue).
In addition to visiting Florence, Santorum is also scheduled to visit other cities in the state of SC on Saturday and Sunday (Source: Conor McCue). In addition to visiting Florence, Santorum is also scheduled to visit other cities in the state of SC on Saturday and Sunday (Source: Conor McCue).

FLORENCE COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - In front of dozens in Florence County, former US Senator Rick Santorum quickly let it be known what his focus will be this upcoming presidential race.

“We have to stop giving the impression that people who work with their hands, and their head is somehow not as good of a job as if you work with just your head,” He said while addressing the crowd at his town hall meeting.

In 2012, the presidential candidate's focus was, “The Courage to Fight for America.” This time around he is focusing on the manufacturing jobs.

He took a quick tour of the Southeastern Institute of Manufacturing and Technology, and then spoke about attracting more of those kind of jobs to the area.

Santorum says counties like Florence County have the infrastructure in place, and just need a good system around it.

“If you can create the proper environment, people will come, and they will create jobs, and they will be jobs that are skilled and semi-skilled jobs,” the presidential hopeful said. “There'll be jobs where people can get apprenticeships, and rise through the ranks. That's exactly what our workers need in America,” He said.

Santorum told the crowd he is no stranger to the state or county as well. His sons go to The Citadel in Charleston, so he's spent a lot of time outside of his campaigns in the Palmetto State.

"South Carolina gets a lot of my money,” He joked.

He says knowing the Palmetto State well, and believes it will benefit the most if he were to take office in 2016.

"You'll see a flood of jobs come in here,” He predicted. “South Carolina will be awash with manufacturing opportunities," He added. 

In his last presidential campaign, Santorum was no stranger to South Carolina. Folks with his campaign say the candidate spent more than 30 days in the Palmetto State in 2012, and visited all 46 counties.

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