Santorum Slams Ninth Circuit, Climate Change, 'Elite Snobs'

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For a presidential hopeful whose candidacy was on the ropes only a month ago, Rick Santorum took command of a campaign rally in Boise Tuesday night as if he was a frontrunner. In fact, Santorum began the day boosted by a New York Times/CBS News national poll that put Santorum in a statistical dead heat among likely Republican voters with Mitt Romney.

Following a noon rally in Coeur d'Alene, Santorum did something Tuesday night that candidates rarely do—he showed up on time, much to the delight of an overflow crowd at Capital High School. Those who couldn't squeeze into the school's auditorium listened in an adjoining room.

Santorum was met by polite applause for his opening 10 minutes as he talked about a U.S. threat from Iran, saying, "It's the most dangerous regime in the world." But the crowd erupted into standing ovations when he began serving up conservative red meat on left-leaning Supreme Court justices, global warming and expansion of the federal government.

"This election is the most important election of your life," Santorum told the rally, equally represented by all age groups. "This is your chance to stand up and say, 'We shall be free.'"

Right on cue, the crowd lept to its feet.

Other standing ovation moments followed when Santorum quoted the Declaration of Independence, promised to gut the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and called climate change a farce.

"The people in universities, in Hollywood and in corporate boardrooms—their time is past," said Santorum. "Don't you see how they look down their nose at you? Those elite snobs."

Citydesk spoke to dozens of attendees who said they still hadn't committed to Santorum before the rally began but were certain that they would support him on March 6, when Idaho's GOP caucus is part of the 10-state Super Tuesday bonanza.

The auditorium at Capital High School was at capacity.
  • The auditorium at Capital High School was at capacity.