MUSCATINE, Iowa — As community members walked up and down Second Street Friday night, taking in the 27th annual Holiday Stroll, Elizabeth Santorum campaigned for her father.
From 6-8 p.m., the 20-year-old daughter of GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum met with Muscatine County Republicans at the party’s county headquarters at 124 W. Second St. While visitors snacked on the free baked treats and sampled the apple cider, they talked to a potential presidential nominee’s daughter.
Santorum said she’s out with her dad as much as possible. When there are events that he is unavailable to attend, such as the Holiday Stroll, she’s more than happy to campaign for him.
“It’s always encouraging when people come out to say hi or ask questions,” she said.
Although she might miss her friends and the atmosphere at the University of Dallas in Texas, where she is a junior, she said working with her dad on his campaign has been an experience of its own.
“I love my dad and being out here, representing his campaign,” Santorum said.
John Archer, a Republican candidate for the Second Congressional District, said it says a lot for the Santorum campaign to have Elizabeth working at events such as the Holiday Stroll.
“It says a lot about his dedication to his campaign, his dedication to Iowa and it shows his family’s commitment to the race,” Archer said.
Rick Santorum, a former senator from Pennsylvania, had the support of 3 percent of likely Republican caucus-goers in Iowa in a Bloomberg News poll taken last month.
The Iowa Caucuses will be held Jan. 3, 2012.