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Rick Santorum Gives Final Pitch to Voters in Iowa

Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call(ALTOONA, Iowa) -- A large crowd of voters plus a mass of cameras and reporters turned a Rick Santorum event Monday evening into a chaotic scene, but there was no doubt where the interest was.

The former Pennsylvania senator spoke to Iowa voters in a side room of the restaurant Pizza Ranch.  Standing on a chair and using a bullhorn, Santorum gave voters waiting for him in the main part of the restaurant, who were not able to hear him, his final pitch before the caucuses kick off Tuesday night.

“I don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow night, but this has been an amazing experience,” Santorum said to the crowd of about 150.  “The people of Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina have not only made me a better candidate, not only will they make be a better president, but they’ve made me a better person.”

He told Iowans to, “Trust what you’ve seen and heard … You want to be first?  Lead.”

He repeated what he’s been stressing all week: don’t vote for someone just because others say they are electable.

“They may not be able to do what American needs to get done and that’s a victory that will feel very empty,” Santorum said.  “It will not be Pizza Ranch pizza, you will walk out of those caucuses hungry.  Walk out of those caucuses like you just ate at a Pizza Ranch buffet.”

Santorum added: “You will not only shock this country, but you will shock the world.”

It was the last of five events in a day where every event was packed with voters, political tourists and a crush of reporters and cameras.

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