Mitt Romney's former rival Rick Santorum made an appearance tonight, representing the plank of the party associated with controversial sexual politics. Although Santorum said in the past that he opposed abortion in all instances, including in the case of rape, the former presidential candidate didn't go there tonight, perhaps wanting to avoid the backlash from Rep. Todd Akin's recent "legitimate rape" comments.
Santorum's speech did tout marriage, family, and a more general pro-life message. He said, "If America is going to succeed, we must stop the assault on marriage and the family." While he said, "Most single mothers do heroic work and an amazing job raising their children," Santorum also lamented that "marriage is disappearing in places where government dependency is highest." A line about God lifting up all hands, born and unborn, also received loud applause.
During Rick's speech, however, some were distracted by a woman in the stands yelling "Stop the war on women" and other protests, until security escorted her out.