Rick Santorum returns to the stump

A tale of his immigrant coal-mining grandfather. An unabashed statement of opposition to abortion and same-sex marriage. A recitation of statistics from a Brookings Institute study that show the best things an American can do to guarantee their success in life is to graduate from high school, hold down a job and...not have children before marriage.

It sounds like a Rick-Santorum-for-president speech!

Key portions of Santorum's convention address were taken straight out of his standard stump speech during his own run for the Republican nomination against Mitt Romney.

The prize for his loyalty to the man who beat him appears to been the chance to give the same speech on a national stage.

One thing his convention speech was that his stump speeches generally were not? Relatively short. A Santorum trail speech rarely ran less than an hour.

Rosalind Helderman is a political enterprise and investigations reporter for the Washington Post.

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