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Santorum Vows to Rally 1 Million Conservatives

The former Republican presidential candidate unveiled Patriot Voices Friday in Chicago ahead of the Conservative Political Action Conference

By Lisa Balde and Mary Ann Ahern
|  Friday, Jun 8, 2012  |  Updated 10:27 PM CDT
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Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum picked Chicago to outline the next steps in his political career and launch Patriot Voices, his initiative to "mobilize one million conservatives" and defeat President Barack Obama.

Santorum, who suspended his presidential campaign about two months ago, called the effort a grassroots, online community of Americans who feel their views aren't being represented.

"Patriot Voices is committed to promoting faith, family, freedom and opportunity," Santorum said in a statement. "The defeat of Barack Obama, and those who support his policies, will be our first priority."

Santorum said his 11-state victory reminds voters that Americans' conservative values are alive and well. The announcement comes as political conservatives from around the country gather in Rosemont Friday for the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).

Santorum kicked off the conference at 9 a.m. by detailing his "Patriot Voices" initiative. Herman Cain and Michele Bachmann also spoke.

"With a goal of 1 million voices united, Patriot Voices will transform the political landscape of our country, and we will defeat President Obama this November," Santorum concluded.

The big political weekend also includes the the Illinois Republican Party convention in Tinley Park, where state pension will surely be a main topic.

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