By Judy Wiley
Roughly 1,000 supporters filled the Fairview Farms Corral Barn in Plano, Texas and spilled out the door of the party hall where they’d come to see the man in the day’s political spotlight — Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum.
Those who stood outside in the cold could only hear bits and pieces of Santorum’s talk, but that didn’t stop them from cheering after he raised his voice to declare, “Now is the time for America to rise up and say, “Enough!”
They took up a chant of “We pick Rick,” after he asked, “Are you going to give me the opportunity?”
Santorum’s visit to The Lone Star State opened 14 miles away in McKinney at a forum with local pastors. Between the Bella Donna Chapel and the barn at Fairview Farms, there was a stop at a Plano hotel ballroom where some 300 supporters turned out to “meet-and-greet” Santorum.
The Wednesday night rally at the Corral Barn capped a Texas campaign swing, with an exuberant Santorum buoyed by his three-state sweep in Tuesday’s GOP nominating contests.