Declaring Michigan “is in a high stake place” in the November elections, Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum fired up an already energized crowd of 1,400 at the annual Lincoln Day Dinner in Novi Thursday, offering strong words against the current White House administration and outlining his vision for a United States that is “built on the concepts that made America great.”

Held at the Suburban Collection Showplace, the event reportedly drew record numbers, dwarfing the typical attendance of some 500 seen at past years’ Lincoln Day dinners.

Santorum, the final speaker in a lineup that included Gov. Rick Snyder, Ann Romney and Rev. C.L. Bryant, asserted a conservative agenda embracing “foundational freedoms,” economic opportunity for all and limited government — buoyed by solid family values. This, he said is the key to once again making America “the model for the world.”

Calling President Barack Obama “divider in chief” and describing the current Congress as “horribly unpopular,” Santorum said “we don’t have the leadership to remind us what brought us together, what made us great.”

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