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Pennsylvania’s Role at RNC and in Nov. Election

Santorum Weighs in on PA at RNC

       TAMPA, FL (WENY) -- We’ve been talking a lot of about our New York delegation at the Republican National Convention, but when it comes to the presidential election, The Empire State is a safe blue state. 
      But if you cross the border into the Northern Tier, it’s a whole different ballgame.  Pennsylvania is playing a bigger role here at the RNC due to the fact that it is a battleground state. 
      Almost all the big names in PA politics are here – including Governor Tom Corbett and Senator Pat Toomey.  And then, there’s that other former senator who was once Mitt Romney’s rival in the Republican Primary – Rick Santorum.
      “Right now, my future is to elect Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan for president and vice-president," Santorum told WENY TV Washington Correspondent, Ted Fioraliso.
     He was once Mitt Romney’s primary rival, but now, former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum says he’s part of unified effort to get the country back on track. Santorum thinks the Keystone State is at play this year, even though no Republican presidential candidate has won Pennsylvania since 1988.
    “Governor Romney is extremely strong in the western Pennsylvania, and if we can build up our margins there and in the central part of the state, offset the city and Philadelphia, we can win," Santorum said.
     Santorum was given a prominent speaking role at the RNC Tuesday night, in which he talked about the American Dream.
     “So many people feel it’s just slipping away.  The answer isn’t ‘Government will give it to you.  Government will take care of everything.’  Americans know that doesn’t work," said Santorum.
     “I think the American people have already decided the we probably need change," said Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey, who's also in Tampa this week.  He says the country is going down the wrong path.
     “We are now, and we will continue to be the preeminent country in the world.  The strongest economy, the highest standard of living, and the most influence around the globe. That’s not the path we’re on, but that’s the path Governor Romney will take us.”
      You heard Senator Toomey talk about change, and it just so happens tonight’s theme is “We Can Change It.” 
       Former presidential candidates John McCain and Mike Huckabee will speak, as well as former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, and then Paul Ryan will accept the vice-presidential nomination. 
       Reporting from the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Ted Fioraliso, WENY-TV News