Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick
Santorum on Wednesday formally announced his bid for the White House.
Four years ago, Santorum came in behind
Mitt Romney in the race for the Republican presidential nomination.
He announced his candidacy at a
cinderblock warehouse near his hometown in Pennsylvania, surrounded
by factory workers and six of his seven children.
“I am proud to stand here, among you
and for you, the American workers who have sacrificed so much, to
announce that I am running for president of the United States,”
“The last race, we changed the
debate. This race, with your help and God's grace, we can change
Santorum has spent much of his
political career opposing marriage equality and access to abortion.
On Wednesday, he vowed to “fight for
the freedom for you to believe what you are called to believe, not
just in your places of worship, but outside your places of worship,
Santorum has previously warned that
allowing gay couples to marry could possibly lead to “man on child”
and “man on dog” marriages, bans on free speech and “the
destruction of our republic.”
However, he faces stiff competition in
courting social conservatives. None of the announced Republican
candidates support marriage equality and many, such as Texas Senator
Ted Cruz and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, are vocal in