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Social conservative Santorum stresses economic position in campaign video

Jeff Winkler Contributor

These days, you’re not really a presidential candidate until you make a web video. Consider Rick Santorum officially a part of the GOP race, then.

What’s more, the former Pennsylvania senator’s recently released web video, “Time to Fight Back,” strikes an interesting balance between the more traditional GOP candidates and their energetic Tea Party-esque counterparts. (T-PAW COURTS IOWA: Pawlenty releases new Iowa ad)

Much like Republican front-runner Mitt Romney — not to mention Tim Pawlenty and Jon Huntsman — Santorum hits President Barack Obama over the still-floundering economy despite spending efforts by the federal government. Santorum, however, does kick up the rhetoric a notch. Much like Michele Bachmann and Herman Cain, Santorum’s video goes on a very energetic offensive against the President’s “radical” agenda, meant to rouse a frustrated base:

“America is facing one of its greatest economic threats since the great depression. But it’s not coming from OPEC, or China, or Russia. It’s coming from Barack Obama. The Obama economic policies are paralyzing our economy.”

The drumbeats and eerie strings for the first minutes make clear the dangerous path America is on. As Hot Air notes, the video is “less lightly executed, but it conveys the same important [economic] message” as more mainstream candidates like Romney and Pawlenty. The video is a teaser for Santorum’s July 7 economic speech in Iowa.

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