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MASON CITY | Former Pennsylvania U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum brought his family values message to Mason City on Wednesday, saying the Republican Party needs to refocus if it expects to win.

"I'm trying to take the Republican Party and shake big business and Wall Street out of it. The whole point of America is you," he told an audience of about 35 at the Republican headquarters in the former River City Bagel building.

He centered many of his remarks on the importance of a strong family structure, noting the vast number of homes in which unmarried couples are living together and homes in which there is only one parent.

"We have to look at the basic family structure," Santorum said. "Every family in America is a small business. The first economy is in the home. It has revenue. It has expenses and it has to be profitable. It is the ultimate small business."

Santorum said the Republican Party needs to be "the party of the families" and to do that priorities have to change.

"What have Republicans been talking about for the past 40 years? Cut taxes. Cut government. Balance the federal budget. Do you hear your name in any of these things?" he asked.

Santorum said the Democrats' answer to everything is more government while Republicans have catered to Wall Street and big business.

"We never talk about folks in the middle. We never talk about helping people improve their lot in life," he said. "We have to start doing that."

Santorum, who is married and has seven children, also tied the problems of education in America to the basic family structure.

"The reason most kids are failing is what's going on in the home and the lack of parental interaction with schools," he said.

He is adamantly against the Common Core teaching concepts, saying, "I have yet to meet anyone who has told me we need a national standard."

After his brief talk, he took questions from the audience. At one point, he said he had time for two more questions.

When two more were asked and answered and he was preparing to leave, a woman asked if him if he was running for president in 2016.

He laughed and said, "I'm sorry, I only had time for two questions," and the audience laughed with him.

Shawn Dietz, a Republican candidate for the Iowa Senate, spoke briefly and introduced Santorum. 

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