The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics - BY JENNIFER HARPER

It’s all right there in the ti­tle of Rick San­to­rum’s book: “Blue Col­lar Con­ser­va­tives: Recom­mit­ting to an Amer­ica That Works.” The for­mer Penn­syl­va­nia se­na­tor and pres­i­den­tial hope­ful es­ti­mates there are about 6 mil­lion of those hard-work­ing stal­warts out there, with much on their minds. And the Repub­li­can Party could be over­look­ing them, he warns in the book, pub­lished by Reg­n­ery and a con­vinc­ing sig­nal that Mr. San­to­rum, 55, is not done with his quest for the White House.

“In 2012, a mass of blue-col­lar vot­ers, enough to have tipped the bal­ance of the Elec­toral Col­lege in fa­vor of the Repub­li­can can­di­date, sim­ply stayed home on Elec­tion Day. Why? De­spite their deeply con­ser­va­tive val­ues, they had lost faith that the Repub­li­cans spoke for them and had their backs,” Mr. San­to­rum ar­gues.

“Enough with pan­der­ing, enough with fo­cus­ing on busi­ness own­ers to the ex­clu­sion of ev­ery­one else — the vast ma­jor­ity of Amer­i­cans — who work for them. Repub­li­cans need to re­gain the trust of the hard-work­ing mem­bers of ev­ery fam­ily, church and com­mu­nity across Amer­ica whose most im­me­di­ate prob­lems are lack of jobs and op­por­tu­nity,” he says. who sat in the au­di­ence dur­ing a re­cent speech at Ge­orge­town Univer­sity. the Belt­way. “In the SEAL teams, our ethos is ‘Forged by Ad­ver­sity.’ It calls on each and ev­ery one of us to an­swer any call, never quit and never fail. There is a tremen­dous de­mand for lead­er­ship in Amer­ica right now, and I feel this is my most im­por­tant mis­sion yet. That’s why I’ve cho­sen to run for Congress.”

Mr. Wilske has re­ceived the en­dorse­ment of the Repub­li­can Party of San Diego, Com­bat Vet­er­ans for Congress and the Latino Amer­i­can Po­lit­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion. He will face seven-term Demo­cratic in­cum­bent Rep. Su­san Davis in Novem­ber.


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