Rick Santorum Launches Conservative Group

Jay LaPrete/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Rick Santorum announced Friday morning that he will be launching a new group that he will lead to promote conservative issues that were hallmarks of his campaign.

The former presidential candidate is starting “Patriot Voices” to make sure the topics he spoke about daily on the campaign trail stay part of the national debate.

“One of the things that we found as I traveled around the country is that people came up to me a lot and said…I was out there speaking about things that gave voice to their concerns on a lot of issues,” Santorum said on Fox News Friday morning.  “People are concerned about the economy, people are concerned about national security, but I think a lot of people have basic anxiety about where America is going and I tried to talk about those during the campaign: the adherence to the constitution and the importance of understanding where our rights come from and who we are as a people and a culture and how that is being changed by this administration on the issue of religious liberty or life or marriage.”

ABC News reported Tuesday he would be forming the 501 c(4) organization when Santorum teased the announcement earlier in the week.

In a statement, the group said they “will mobilize one million conservatives around this country who are committed to promoting faith, family, freedom and opportunity.”  

Through this group Santorum can stay focused on the issues he cares the most about while trying to remain relevant as the de facto leader of social conservatives in this country.

The former Pennsylvania senator, in an interview broadcast from Chicago, where he will speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference later Friday, said he wants to give a voice to “people left behind by both parties” and promised to “hold campaigns accountable.”

Santorum said the group would also help out Mitt Romney’s campaign and “make sure Mitt is the next president of the United States and that we get rid of the scourge that has been the bane of the economy and the country which has been Barack Obama and his administration.”

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