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Santorum returning to Akron to stump for Romney

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: August 14, 2012

Rick Santorum will return to Akron Wednesday, for the first time not as a Republican presidential candidate, but to stump for Mitt Romney, the presumed GOP nominee.

Santorum will headline a rally at Tangier restaurant, 532 W. Market St., from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. No tickets are required. Other area GOP candidates are expected to attend, but haven’t yet confirmed.

Santorum, who twice visited the Akron area before the March primary when he was still a candidate, will discuss President Barack Obama’s "war on religion" with his federal health care law, said Izzy Santa, a spokesperson for the Romney campaign.

The health care law requires coverage of sterilization, contraception and abortion-inducing drugs, which prompted court challenges and outcry from some religious leaders.

Before visiting Akron, Santorum will attend the Feast of Assumption at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Cleveland, participating in the solemn mass, church procession and Cavatelli dinner. After the Akron rally, he will return home to have dinner with his family.

Santorum, a former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania, drew a record crowd of more than 1,350 to the Summit County Republican Party’s annual Lincoln Day Dinner in February. He made his last campaign stop before the March 6 primary at a rally at the pavilion at Falls River Square, making a pitch to about 250 people.

Romney claimed Ohio in the primary, helping to seal his status as the likely Republican nominee.

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