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Santorum Draws Crowds, Raises Nearly $1M after Tuesday’s Three-State Sweep

Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call(PLANO, Texas) -- Standing in front of a massive crowd at a rally in Plano, Texas, Wednesday night, Rick Santorum unleashed criticism of President Obama, telling supporters the president has an “overt hostility to faith.”

“(He’s) trying to weaken them, churches, trying to say that anybody who believes in the values of the Judeo-Christian policies,” Santorum said to about 2,000 people in a converted barn, one of his largest audiences of the campaign.

He told the audience at the rally that Obama is restricting religious freedoms in the country, and even that a situation like the French Revolution could happen in America.

“They are taking faith and crushing it. Why? Why?  When you marginalize faith in America, when you remove the pillar of God given rights then what’s left?” Santorum asked.

“The French Revolution,” he answered. “What’s left is a government that gives you rights. What’s left are no unalienable rights. What’s left is a government that will tell you who you are, what you’ll do and when you’ll do it. What’s left in France became the guillotine. Ladies and gentlemen, we are a long way from that, but if we do follow the path of President Obama and his overt hostility to faith in America, then we are headed down that road.”

Wednesday’s trip to Texas after winning the states of Minnesota, Colorado, and Missouri the night before, turned into a victory lap when Santorum was greeted by a frenzied crowd. Later, his campaign announced they had raised “almost one million dollars” since his speech in Missouri.

The crowd hung on his every word, exploding when he told them, “Now is the time for America to rise up and say enough!”

Santorum campaigns next in Oklahoma, holding events in Oklahoma City and Tulsa on Thursday before flying to Washington D.C. to address the Conservative Political Action Committee.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

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