Santorum touts auto manufacturing roots in Detroit
February 17th, 2012
12:55 AM ET
2 years ago

Santorum touts auto manufacturing roots in Detroit

DETROIT, Michigan (CNN) - Speaking to a large crowd outside the auto manufacturing city of Detroit, Republican Rick Santorum shared something new about a man he talks a lot about on the campaign trail.

"When my grandfather first came [to this country], he actually came to Detroit and worked in the auto factories for two years," the presidential hopeful said in a speech at the Oakland County Lincoln Day Dinner. "So I have a little history here in southeast Michigan."

However, Santorum added that grandpa Pietro Santorum–an immigrant from Italy– was fired in 1927.

Shortly, he set out for the coal mines of southwest Pennsylvania. The presidential hopeful's coal-mining family history is a common theme in his stump speech.

"It's those roots ... growing up the grandson of a coal-miner, growing up in a steel town in Butler, Pennsylvania, that have forged me as someone who understands the greatness of our country."

He also used his closing message to convince the people who've worked in Detroit's leading industry that he is the candidate to help them "create" once again.

"You helped build America. You helped create wealth. You moved people. Created opportunities by what you built here. It’s amazing what you’ve contributed to the greatest country in the history of the world," Santorum said.

"You’re not done building. Your honor is at stake to stand up in this election, to do your duty, to stand for the things that made us special, to stand up for the founding principles of our country, the things that bring us together.”


Filed under: 2012 • Michigan • Rick Santorum
soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Mike D

    Didn't he vote to let the US automakers collapse? I his motto is "Detroit: Let the Market Save You!"

    February 17, 2012 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  2. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Everyone seems to have a connection to everywhere. Is this any big surprise that Santorum would bring this up shortly before the primary?

    February 17, 2012 07:07 am at 7:07 am |
  3. clarke

    From where I sit, I feel the GOP has a problem. I am not seeing any shinning star among them and I don't think anyone of them can beat out Obama.

    February 17, 2012 07:13 am at 7:13 am |
  4. CaringFool

    But his display of oil ignorance in Tioga, ND can't be measured.

    February 17, 2012 07:15 am at 7:15 am |
  5. Anonymous

    I doubt any of the elitist Rmoney men have callouses on their hands or grease under their nails.

    February 17, 2012 07:20 am at 7:20 am |
  6. daris

    Didn't we first hear that from president obama wow so glad he agree's with our great president

    February 17, 2012 07:46 am at 7:46 am |
  7. diridi

    my brother was also in Detroit in 1970. Ha..ha..ha..ha..ha..ha....
    .

    February 17, 2012 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  8. cigarman

    Santorum and his Republican Loser followers is the Gift that keeps giving to the Democrats. Santorum is a Big Phony. He wants to take away womens rights, do away with Social Security, Do away with Healthcare, ETC. These are just a few of the items that the Republicans want to take away from the American people. I would like to know the Mentality of ANY American who could vote for ANY Republican. Please Republicans, Make Santorum your Presidential Nominee. Vote OBAMA.

    February 17, 2012 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  9. Shann

    I've got an idea. Why don't we nominate someone who has very little experience doing anything! Why don't we elect someone who was a lobbiest and a defeated member of congress. – That's Santorum for you!

    February 17, 2012 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  10. Rudy NYC

    It's not his roots that trouble me. It is what has grown from said roots, that which he wants to impose on everyone else.

    February 17, 2012 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  11. Seattle Sue

    Come on Folks, Rick's grandfather worked in the auto industry for two years before he was fired in 1927. So that should be reason enough to vote Santorum, after all his grandfather worked in Michigan 85 years ago. There is no level that Santorum will stoop to for a vote.

    February 17, 2012 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  12. king

    Its amazing how much these repubs love to taunt small government ideologies, and preach non government interventions, yet when there is a government success they are the first ones to spin it to their advantage, does their hiprocrocity know no bound.

    February 17, 2012 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  13. Thomas

    Rick drives a Audi A6 .

    Rick has a bad temper, I feel for his kids.

    February 17, 2012 09:27 am at 9:27 am |