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On cusp of White House bid, Santorum makes populist pitch

Written by The Associated Press | May 21, 2015 5:27 PM
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(Oklahoma City) -- Rick Santorum says he will announce his 2016 presidential intentions May 27 at a Pennsylvania factory.

The former senator told a Republican gathering today in Oklahoma City that the venue emphasizes his belief that the GOP must appeal to workers instead of catering to business owners and wealthy investors.

Since his unsuccessful 2012 run, Santorum has struck a populist tone, including calls to raise the minimum wage.

Santorum promised in Oklahoma that he will unveil a tax plan that would give most workers a break. He also said his immigration policy is aimed at helping the employee class.

Santorum said Democrats and big-business Republicans want to bring in more immigrants to reduce labor costs.

He said it's good politics and good policy to restrict the labor pool.

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