Blue Collar Conservatives: Recommitting to an America That Works

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Regnery Publishing, Apr 28, 2014 - Political Science - 216 pages
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“In the summer of 2014, Trump asked me to stop by his office the next time I was in Manhattan... When we walked into his office, he was sitting behind his desk holding a copy of my book Blue Collar Conservatives that I had published that spring. The first thing he said was, 'I read your book.'

I laughed. 'The hell you read my book.'

Trump shot back, 'I did; it was great!'

So I quizzed him on the message in my book – that the great middle of America was hollowing out as a result of big-government policies that were helping the elites but leaving blue-collar families behind. And to my great surprise, Trump passed my test with flying colors.

We discussed the problems facing Middle America – specifically the implications of unfettered globalization on American manufacturing and its effect on wages for blue-collar families.

The real estate mogul not only got it, he was as upset as I was that these families were being left behind. He said he might run for president and, if he did, he wanted to take that message to the American voter – and did he ever.”
—Rick Santorum, The Philadelphia Inquirer

“This is a serious book… [Rick Santorum] has seen ghost towns (including some in his home state) where trade policies, in his opinion, have hurt more than helped the economy. Therein lies a big part of Mr. Santorum’s recipe for GOP success: Campaigns should emphasize jobs and the needs of the employee…”
The Washington Times

"In Blue Collar Conservatives: Recommitting to an America That Works, Santorum urges the Republican Party to refocus on working Americans.”
U.S. News & World Report

Before Donald Trump successfully mobilized millions of blue collar Americans with his campaign to reclaim America, Rick Santorum was trying to convince his fellow Republicans that it was time to return to the party’s original values: the values of “blue collar conservatives.”

In this powerful book that helped inspire President-Elect Trump’s winning message to voters, Santorum calls out Republican establishment leaders for pandering to business owners at the expense of everyone else. Republicans need to regain the trust of the hard-working members of every family, church, and community across America whose most immediate problems are lack of jobs and opportunity. No more pandering. No more ignoring those left behind by globalization. No more broken promises to the frustrated middle class.

We're entering a brand new era of conservative politics—and Rick Santorum's Blue Collar Conservatives shows us the way forward.

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User Review  - mikemshl -

After reading Blue Collar Conservatives, my overall sense is that Barack Obama, having led our nation down the wrong track during his first term, and now seemingly off the tracks since his re-election ... Read full review

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Rick Santorum is “right on” about how many workers perceive that they have been “left behind” by the liberal Democrats whose solutions are government handouts and by most conservatives and Republicans ... Read full review


Blue Collar Conservatives Really Did Build It Chapter 2 Restoring the American Dream for Workers Chapter 3 A GOP That Stands Up for Everyone
Holes in the Boat Chapter 5 Renewing the Pursuit of Happiness
Government Cannot Read You a Bedtime Story Chapter 7 Replace Obamacare Before Its Too Late Chapter 8 Innovating and Personalizing Education
Giving the American Worker a Fighting Chance Chapter 10 Raising Hope instead of Taxes Chapter 11 Believing in Americas Future Acknowledgme...

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A native of Pennsylvania, Rick Santorum was a candidate for the Republican nomination for President of the United States in 2012 and became known as a voice for conservatives who didn’t feel their voice was being represented.
In June, 2012 Rick Santorum launched Patriot Voices, a grassroots and online community of Americans committed to promoting faith, family, freedom and opportunity.

Prior to running for President, Rick served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1991 to 1995, and in the U.S. Senate from 1995 to 2007 where he was known as one of the most successful government reformers in our history. It was this record of reform that prompted a Washington Post reporter to write that "Santorum was a tea party kind of guy before there was a tea party."

An accomplished author, Rick Santorum penned the 2005 New York Times best seller It Takes a Family. Rick and his wife of 22 years, Karen, are the parents of seven wonderful children.

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