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Santorum goes after Obama in Fargo, N.D.

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Rick Santorum in Fargo, N.D.
Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum speaks to a crowd of several hundred Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012 at the Holiday Inn in Fargo, N.D. Santorum spoke for more than an hour and focused on comparing himself with President Obama, scarcely mentioning the other Republican primary candidates.
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Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum drew a crowd of hundreds at a campaign stop in Fargo, N.D. Wednesday evening. 

Speaking for more than an hour, Santorum focused his speech on offering voters a choice between himself and President Barack Obama. He barely mentioned the other candidates seeking the Republican nomination. 

"President Obama, when he was running for office, would go around the country and talk about hope and change and try to convince the American public they needed someone they could believe in," Santorum said. "I'm going to go around this country and remind Americans they need a president who believes in them."

Santorum, a former Pennsylvania senator, said he envisions a much smaller, less-intrusive federal government. He told the crowd, which had gathered at the Holiday Inn of Fargo, that he would not cut defense funding, but that he would eliminate federal education programs and make cuts to programs like Medicare and Social Security.

Recent polls show Santorum at or near the top of the Republican primary field.