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Santorum: ‘We Will Never Have The Elite, Smart People On Our Side’

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – 
While speaking at this past weekend’s Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C., former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum told the crowd they would never have smart people siding with them politically.

“We will never have the elite, smart people on our side,” he said, “because they believe they should have the power to tell you what to do. So our colleges and universities, they’re not going to be on our side.”

He went on to credit “the church and the family” for the continued perseverance of “the basic premise of America, and American values,” a notion met with a lengthy round of applause from the assembled summit attendees.

Santorum, who also served as a senator from Pennsylvania, left the Republican presidential race in April of this year, after garnering an estimated 3 million votes and winning 11 primaries and caucuses in total.

He subsequently endorsed former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for president the following month.

He continued to support Romney and running mate Paul Ryan for office during his address.

“I would just encourage you all, if you heard the speeches of Gov. Romney and Paul Ryan over these last couple of days, these are people who understand American values,” Santorum was quoted as saying in a speech transcript posted by Politico. “They understand America. They understand the critical nature of this election and the direction it’s going to go, frankly, one way or another in America after this election.”

And in a video segment of the speech posted by Right Wing Watch, Santorum also implicated other sects of the conservative right in his missive promoting the institution and principles of values voters.

“[E]conomic conservatives and libertarian types can say, ‘Oh, well, we don’t want to talk about the social issues,’” he said. “Without the church and the family, there is no conservative movement, there is no basic values enforced, and there is no future for our country.”

In addition to smart people, there was another group of people Santorum felt would never agree with values voters.

He additionally noted in his speech, “We will never have the media on our side, ever, in this country.”

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