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Rick Santorum says no wonder -- Former Pennsylvania senator and stunningly successful.
Presidential candidates -- these days.
President can't take anything for granted.
There are no -- now in Pennsylvania's one electoral votes are very much up for grabs now.
Senator good to have you.
Well like you do what do you make up of this when I looked at the polls senator in the state I was a little surprise -- I -- the president -- pretty much in a walk four years ago.
Not not a walk anymore what's gonna.
Two years ago you know we we elected a Republican governor by N double digit margin we elected a United States senator Republican.
By a couple points in a contested race in south.
-- -- one of the states that you know it's tough for a national Republican to win we haven't.
Won the state -- four Republican presidential candidate since 1988.
But it is very much in play and it's say it's a state that is.
You know really in many cases two states where Iraq Obama is is an area that he's gonna do well in Philadelphia and surrounding areas it's a lot more like New Jersey and new York and and really the rest of the state -- this state is becoming more and more dependent and hi and energize through natural gas and energy production and and of course the presence been on the wrong side of that issue for a long long time and I think it's gonna hurt him in in -- of the state and think you can see -- governor Romney making up the difference in central Western Pennsylvania for the up for the losses out east and that's what the President Obama is gonna be worried about.
You -- is natural gas expose it in your state and of course it's it's true and in there have been these huge.
Natural gas deposits on his state a lot of homeowners there have been stumping -- -- it's increased.
-- -- -- in a lot of parts of the wonderful state our.
And I'm wondering now they become much more sharply attuned to these energy issues.
-- before they might not a paid much attention as to whether you said it's a pipeline are not now they do now they are.
How much of that is going to be a factor in November.
I think it's going to be a factor generally -- you still have very high.
Gasoline prices you have file hi you know that the energy prices.
You know for you know excluding natural gas which -- at all time lows really.
And they see the potential.
Not just here in Pennsylvania but and so many other states that -- now becoming energy producing states because of this.
Hydraulic fracking which which allows these these oil shale deposits and gas.
And and shale deposits to be -- extracted.
Mean you're you're talking real a real boom on a potential for tremendous economic growth.
And you have a president who is Dan -- a radical on the other side not building pipelines.
Not -- not providing permits walling off federal lands walling off offshore drilling.
Mean these -- this is tremendous operative for jobs and for lower energy prices for people across this country.
And of -- Mitt Romney I think he will.
Makes that the issue in Pennsylvania's and and other states particularly an industrial states where.
-- -- this -- these with this issue really matters he can be successful in Pennsylvania Ohio Indiana straight across -- more successful -- -- Pennsylvanian as his running.
-- you know I don't really you'd have to ask him about that I'm.
I'm focused on on -- -- position that we put in place called up patriot voices dot com and we're gonna be out there helping all sorts of candidates Mitt Romney and senate candidates in house candidates -- gonna be endorsing some key conservatives in primaries and and now being out there working hard for them in the general election trying to mobilize the conservative what I understood is considered helped us to and I.
Me no disrespect -- to -- Islam but I mean.
You were very gracious to come to have to leave the race when you did you work you would stacked up put -- wins against all odds you're the second highest.
The -- -- if you'd asked a lot of people.
Early in the race whether that would be they would have laughed at that possibility.
So whenever I didn't think they did last and it did absolutely high side and Iowa how they were laughing and I thought that was of this sort.
But but having said that senator.
What a difference money can make it it was a formidable factor river -- governor -- business -- no meaning in disparaging.
The governor put up but I did not just.