From The Stump: Bachmann, Santorum

All this week, All Things Considered is highlighting moments from each of the presidential candidates' stump speeches. Thursday, Robert Siegel hears from Rep. Michele Bachmann and former Sen. Rick Santorum.

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

We're going to shift our focus now from South Carolina to Iowa. All this week, we've featured stump speeches from the Republican presidential candidates. And today, we bring you Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum. In Iowa last week, Bachmann took on President Obama.

(SOUNDBITE OF SPEECH)

MICHELE BACHMANN: What I intend to do as president of the United States is repeal Obamacare. And of any candidate in this race, no one has done what I have done. I've stood toe to toe and taken on Barack Obama and Obamacare. I led 40,000 Americans to Washington to fight against this outrage. There is no one that is going to stand up and has the titanium spine that I've got to make sure that we repeal Obamacare.

I'm also going to repeal Dodd-Frank that's killing jobs. It's going to kill - it's killing the banking industry. It's killing everything. And I wrote the bill to kill Dodd-Frank. I wrote the bill to kill Obamacare. This isn't just me being a convenient conservative. I've been a conservative my whole life. I'm 100 percent pro-life from conception until natural death. My husband Marcus and I have five biological kids. We've taken 23 foster kids into our home that we've raised up and launched into the world. We don't believe you just talk the pro-life talk. We believe you walk it, too.

SIEGEL: That's Michele Bachmann speaking at a Pizza Ranch restaurant in Rockwell City, Iowa. And our next stump speech comes from another Pizza Ranch, this one in Carroll, Iowa, and former Senator Rick Santorum. If elected, he said, he would balance the budget and beef up national security. He also took a moment to talk broadly about the American family.

RICK SANTORUM: You know, we have some people running here who think America is just about doing what's best for you. Well, that's the popular culture, but that's not what America's about. America is about more than just you. America's about service and sacrifice and doing what's, you know, making a contribution to the greater good, serving your God and your family and your country. And that's what America's about. That's what we use our freedom for.

At least that's what we have used our freedom for that made us the greatest country in the history of the world. And at the core of that is the family. The core of that is what motivates most people to go out and work. And the Marine Corps is an amazing, amazing fighting force. How do they get people to do such heroic things and amazing things day after day? It's because the Marine Corps is a family. They're committed to each other.

It's a special relationship. Just like each one of us is a family. And people say, oh, the individual is the basis of our society. The individual rights, but the foundation of our country is the family. When the family breaks down, America doesn't survive.

SIEGEL: That's Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum campaigning in Carroll, Iowa.

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