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GOP candidate Rick Santorum stops by Med-City

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Tuesday night the Minnesota Caucasus will be full swing. With the push for the presidency in mind, GOP Candidate Rick Santorum was campaigning in Rochester Monday.  Santorum made three stops this morning around the Med-City, hoping to rally some local support at the polls.

Santorum gave a speech at the Kahler Hotel in downtown Rochester which, for the majority, addressed his concerns with the current health care system.

"It's great to be here and talk about a very important issue in this campaign," said Santorum who lightened the mood with a hint of humor. "It's something I've dedicated myself to and working (coughs) on private-sector health care reform. As you can see I've got my own health care issues right now," the statement was followed by laughter in the audience.

But the jokes didn't last long as the Presidential hopeful was very critical about GOP Candidate Mitt Romney's health care initiatives, believing Romney has no reason to rally against Obama-care.

"But I really don't find any legitimate reason why he would oppose it," said Santorum. "Because the plan that he put together in Massachusetts is, in fact, Bazaar on a state level."

Sanctorum's agenda for health care is just one of the differences he believes sets him apart from the rest of the GOP pack, which is a critical step at this point in the race - just one day before the Minnesota caucuses. 

"I believe that when he says he's going to do something, he's going to do it," said Melanie Stoen, a resident of Austin.

Barb Henkalien was visiting the Mayo Clinic from Ohio when she decided to support her candidate for the first time in person saying "that healthcare is going to be something that is important for all of us, and freedom to choose."

Another visitor to Mayo, Duane Jones of Nebraska felt the Santorum was "very sincere about his belief. That he is very passionate about the freedom of the individual rights of Americans. And that we should think very hard before we go into that voting booth."

Just before his stop at the Kahler Hotel, Santorum traveled out to Soldiers Field Veterans memorial to visit with area veterans and to meet with the public.

He kicked off the first of his three visits Monday morning at the Canadian Honker Restaurant.

Mitt Romney, Ron Paul, and Newt Gingrich have all been making appearances around the state as well.

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