Date
22 May 2017
Rick Santorum has vowed to restore the US manufacturing industry and create more jobs for American workers, as he launched his second bid for the White House on Wednesday. Photo: Bloomberg
Rick Santorum has vowed to restore the US manufacturing industry and create more jobs for American workers, as he launched his second bid for the White House on Wednesday. Photo: Bloomberg

Rick Santorum joins US presidential race

Rick Santorum, the former Pennsylvania senator who made an unsuccessful bid for the Republican nomination in 2012, has launched another run for the White House, promising to improve the lives of middle class American workers.

“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,” Santorum told an audience Wednesday in the blue-collar town of Cabot, Pennsylvania.

Opening his speech with a piece of coal in one hand and an American flag in the other, Santorum pledged to restore the manufacturing industry, to create more jobs for American workers and to restore the US’s global standing, the Wall Street Journal reported.

He also promised to shrink the size of government, saying the nation “doesn’t need another president tied to big government or big money”.

The presidential hopeful called for eliminating the “corrupt” federal tax code and the Internal Revenue Service, advocating a flat tax to take its place, and promised to roll back “every executive order and regulation that cost American jobs”, the Journal said.

Santorum also knocked Democratic front-runner and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, criticizing her and President Barack Obama’s foreign policy as “failed political leadership”.

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