Rick Santorum visits the Gem State
Republican Presidential hopeful Rick Santorum visited Boise tonight to a packed house at Capitol High School. More than 30 minutes before the speech started, the 1300 capacity auditorium was full and any new arrivals were sent to a spillover gym across campus.
Santorum started his speech speaking about his family. There was applause when he spoke about his seven children, ranging in ages from 3 to 20. He said “Last time I said I had 7 children, I was in NY, and there wasn’t applause. I bet a lot of you have that many children.”
He also used his family to talk about who he is, and perhaps even his other challengers. “If I am the only one who accepts the challenge of faith and family, I will take that.”
The rest of the speech was aimed against the Obama administration and other government. He also spoke about global warming, Habeas Corpus, Obama’s health insurance plan, religious freedom and contraception. There were a few mentions of his now-famous sweater vests.
He was well received by most the audience, although a few times throughout the night a jeer was shouted out. Besides that, there were no demonstrations or other hecklers apparent.
At one point he pulled out his pocket copy of the Declaration of Independence and said
“We are the greatest country in the history of the world.” When he read the line “endowed by their creator” there was much applause when he emphasized the word “creator.” He followed the applause with “You people in Idaho know these things.”
He then spoke of how he believes it is our now our duty to do the right thing for our country, pushing the point that “We will be the last stand.”
There were many state legislators in attendance, Russ Fulcher and Bob Nonini being two. Treasurer Ron Crane was also in the crowd.
Santorum finished his speech with the thought that “That’s what every election is about…the future.”
Santorum then took about 30 minutes of questions from the crowd.