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      Santorum to Horry County GOP: Soldier On

      Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum spoke to a crowd of approximately 300 at the Horry County GOP Convention at Carolina Forest High School in Conway Saturday morning.

      The party is electing their local leaders and officers.

      "This is the most important election you'll be a part of," Santorum said.

      Santorum is known for his socially conservative views, something experts say could draw voters in early presidential nominating states like Iowa and South Carolina.

      The possible 2012 presidential contender discussed the struggles the RNC will face, freedom and the role the 2012 election will play.

      "We have to repeal Obamacare. That's the most import thing of this election,"Santorum said.

      Another issue discussed: primaries. Florida is challenging tradition this year, and has scheduled its primary for January. The Republican National Committee has in the past kept Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina as the early primary and caucus states. This has triggered some protests in these states, including calls for the RNC to move their convention location out of Tampa. In an interview Friday, April 1st, the Santorum said he wanted to keep Florida's primary after South Carolina.

      "The safe choice is not going to defeat Barack Obama" he said.

      Santorum made headlines after he made comments on a New Hampshire radio show earlier this week where he blamed the nation's social security woes on an "abortion culture."

      This is Santorum's second visit to the Grand Strand this year.

      During his visit in February, NewsChannel 15's Tim McGinnis asked Santorum if he was running for president. Santorum said, "I'm testing the waters, and like everybody knows here in Myrtle Beach, if you're testing the waters, you've got to get in and swim around a little bit."

      Santorum has said he will participate in a May 5th debate sponsored by the South Carolina GOP and Fox News Channel. It's the nation's first scheduled 2012 Republican presidential candidate debate, and will be held in Greenville.

      The AP contributed to this report.

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