PICKET: Santorum camp says debate prep comes from campaign's town hall q & a's

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Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum made a several campaign stops around New Hampshire on Saturday before the evening’s debate. Mr. Santorum addressed crowds in Manchester, Hollis, and Amherst. 

At a barn house in Hollis, Santorum supporters and press squeezed inside the building. Some managed to find seats, while others stood or found space on the rafters of the barn. Doors remained opened so those who could not get inside could listen to the Senator’s remarks.

Mr. Santorum was asked again about his views on gay marriage, to which he responded:
“I believe that marriage is a privilege. It is not a right. Not anybody or anything can get married. It’s a privilege given to society and there are certain benefits that come from it and society has a right to collectively decide what they believe marriage is.”

 “And historically as we know for many, many years and throughout centuries of millennia, marriage has been defined between a man and a woman for a reason,” he added.  

Senator Santorum will be front and center at the debate tonight standing next to former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich. He will be a bigger target for his fellow candidates to take shots at than past debates, but Mr. Santorum and his campaign staff seem unfazed by this.

Santorum campaign manager Mike Biundo spoke with reporters after the Hollis event and talked about how the critical audience questions the Senator receives helps him before debates.

“He knows his record. He knows what people are going to come after him on. Like he says, this is not his first rodeo. Anything that’s going to be brought up has been brought up in 2006, so he feels very confident about his record,” Biundo said. “He feels very confident about the message he has going on out there so this (town hall) is much harder than any sort of debate stage you can go on. These people ask tough questions. He’s ready to answer to tough questions.”

 

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Kerry Picket

Kerry Picket

Kerry Picket, a former Opinion Blogger/Editor of The Watercooler, was associate producer for the Media Research Center, a content producer for Robin Quivers of "The Howard Stern Show" on Sirius satellite radio and a production assistant and copy writer at MTV.

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