Last Iowa caucus victor says GOP must retool message

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Posted: Jan 24, 2015 4:47 PM

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The winner of Iowa's 2012 Republican presidential caucuses says his party needs to do a better job convincing working Americans that the GOP is on their side.

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum returned to the state Saturday to warn that the GOP doesn't win the presidency "because too many people think we don't care about them." As he mulls a second campaign, Santorum told a conservative forum that GOP candidates need to do more than criticize President Barack Obama.

Santorum says that means promoting lower taxes, less regulation and stronger family values. But he says the message has to empathize with the plight of middle-class Americans.

After visiting all 99 counties last time, Santorum beat eventual nominee Mitt Romney in Iowa though he wasn't declared the winner until weeks later.