Santorum to NRA: Obama doesn't understand America

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4/29/2011 7:25:19 AM - AP News
Workers at the The David L. Lawrence Convention Center hang a sign for the National Rifle Association's 140th annual meetings and exhibits, Thursday, April 28, 2011 in Pittsburgh. The convention is scheduled to run from April 29 through May 1, 2011. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) The Associated Press Herb Belin, an exhibitor with Smith & Wesson, secures one of the .45 cal pistols at the display set up before the National Rifle Association's 140th annual meetings and exhibit, Thursday, April 28, 2011 in Pittsburgh. The convention is scheduled to run from April 29 through May 1, 2011.(AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) The Associated Press Mountie Mizer. left, an exhibitor with Beretta, prepares a display for a shotgun at the company booth as they set up before the National Rifle Association's 140th annual meeting, Thursday, April 28, 2011 in Pittsburgh. The convention is scheduled to run from April 29 through May 1, 2011.(AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) The Associated Press Workers build exhibits and displays as they set up at the before the National Rifle Association's 140th annual meetings and exhibit, Thursday, April 28, 2011 in Pittsburgh. The convention is scheduled to run from April 29 through May 1, 2011. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) The Associated PressPITTSBURGH (AP) — Presidential aspirant and former Republican U.S. senator from Pennsylvania Rick Santorum has told National Rifle Association members meeting in Pittsburgh that President Barack Obama doesn't understand America.Santorum spoke for 14 minutes Friday in a convention center ballroom nearly filled with more than 1,000 of the estimated 70,000 members meeting in Pittsburgh through Sunday.During his speech, Santorum criticized remarks the president made about two weeks ago when he said American "would not be a great country" without social programs like Medicare and Medicaid.Santorum spoke after former House Speaker Newt Gingrich told the crowd that the 2012 election will determine "whether we're going to remain a nation that believes our rights come from our creator."