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Social Security & Medicare hot topics at Santorum stop

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CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) -

This week has seen many White House hopefuls step up or drop out. Donald Trump and Mike Huckabee said they won't run, while a few others are already on the campaign trail - increasing their visibility in Iowa and other early states as they either declare their candidacy or get ready to declare it.

Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum said he'll decide in the next few weeks whether to officially announce a run for president. But he also said, he wouldn't be in Cedar Falls Saturday night if he wasn't seriously considering it.

Santorum is basing his campaign on one simple principle -- he's passionate about freedom, which in his view means smaller government. Santorum wants to reverse the new health care law and change the way Medicare and Medicaid are funded.

He also told the room, filled with many seniors, he does not believe all seniors are entitled to Social Security. Santorum said life expectancy has changed and so should the age of eligibility.

Santorum noted afterward, he's impressed with the knowledge Iowans have on a diverse range of subjects. He's also surprised by their questions for him.

"They... want to measure the candidate, want to get a sense of what their core convictions are, what their plans are for the future of the country. And get into the details. I'm really surprised how much detail people want to get into," he said.

Santorum told the crowd -- Iowans put Obama in the White House, now its up to the Hawkeye state to change directions. He believes the TEA Party will have a large influence on the Republican nomination. Santorum agrees with many of the TEA Party's principals and referred to the constitution several times in his speech Saturday night.

Santorum also said Iowans will be seeing a lot of him if he does decide to run. He understands the importance of winning Iowa's caucus and values the momentum it would bring to his campaign.

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