Republican presidential candidate and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum holds hand to heart as he listens to the U.S. national anthem, played at the Republican Party's Straw Poll in Ames, Iowa, Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011. Thousands mingled with presidential hopefuls on a college campus where they began voting Saturday in the first test to see how the candidates, trying to unseat President Barack Obama, are faring with the GOP base. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) The Associated Press Republican presidential candidate and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum speaks at the Republican Party's Straw Poll in Ames, Iowa, Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) The Associated PressAMES, Iowa (AP) — Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum says he'll never back down from his focus on social issues, including opposing abortion and fighting gay rights.The former Pennsylvania senator says the GOP has to be about more than just cutting taxes and spending. He says those who want to ignore social issues don't understand the party and they don't understand Iowa.Santorum told activists at a straw poll in Ames, Iowa, that "I will not back down" on pushing those hot-button issues.Santorum says his candidacy has been written off by much of the media. But he says he's campaigned for the state's leadoff caucuses more than any of his GOP rivals and will continue to do that.



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