In runup to Republican caucus, Santorum tours southern Missouri

Mar 12, 2012

With a victory in Kansas under his belt, Republican Presidential hopeful Rick Santorum is looking to the next round of primary states. As Isabel Hohl reports from Cape Girardeau, that includes the battleground state of Missouri, where Santorum toured over the weekend.Santorum campaigned across socially conservative southern Missouri. But at an event in Cape Girardeau, he stayed away from social issues and instead touched on health care, energy and Iran. He said the Republican candidates have focused too heavily on domestic issues and not enough on foreign affairs: “We have a candidate running around saying, oh, they want to run for CEO of America. I’m running to be the Commander-in-Chief for America.”

Voter Chris Kinder is still undecided between Santorum and Newt Gingrich, but he likes Santorum’s perseverance: “It’s going to be tough. He’s got a long road to travel still yet, but, I mean he’s already proven that he can come from out and behind. So, it’s not over yet and we’ll see what happens.”

Santorum carried Missouri in February’s non-binding primary. Missouri Republicans are scheduled to hold their nominating caucus next Saturday.