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Presidential candidate Rick Santorum speaks in Myrtle Beach Monday

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CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - Presidential candidate and former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum spoke to students at Coastal Carolina University on Monday. He also visited three different locations in the area. Santorum is seeking the Republican nomination for the 2016 presidential election.

On his second stop of the day, Senator Rick Santorum visited Aynor to tour PTR Industries.

The republican candidate is a huge proponent of manufacturing jobs, and praised the company for what it’s doing in Horry County.

The majority of Senator Santorum’s visit was spent touring the facility. Executives and employees took the candidate through the process of how each gun is made, start to finish.

They also spent time talking about the workforce, and potential to grow here in Horry County.

 One thing Santorum was particularly interested in, was regulatory issues the company has faced over the years. PTR Industries came to South Carolina from Connecticut nearly two years ago.

Santorum says if elected, he wants to make the climate better for companies like PTR in other parts of the county.

“There are good paying jobs, that are skills that are marketable skills that you can use to move up the economic ladde, and we don’t have a president, we don’t have a congress, we don’t have a country that focuses in on how we can encourage people and train them, and lift people up, to do the work necessary to keep the American economy humming," Santorum said following his tour.

Within the past year, Rick Perry and Donald Trump have met with the folks here at PTR as well.

The CEO of the company says conservative candidates seem to like the homegrown business model PTR sticks to.

"Skilled jobs and small towns, and people doing work for a good day's pay," said Josh Fiorini. "That's what the backbone of the country was built on."

This will be the second time Santorum has made a run for the White House, with the first being a campaign in 2012.

While a U.S. Senator, Santorum served eight years on the Senate Armed Services Committee where he led the fight before the attacks of September 11, 2001 to transform our military from a Cold War force to meet today's threats, according to a news statement from Santorum's campaign website.

To read more information on Santorum's political career, tap here.

For tickets and event information visit these links eventful.comRick Santorum events.

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