U.S. Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum raises his fist after speaking at a rally in Blaine February 7, 2012. REUTERS/Eric Miller (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)
Republican Rick Santorum is vowing to cut government spending, regulations and entitlement programs during his first 100 days in office if elected president.
Santorum told Michigan voters Friday that social welfare programs have made Americans dependent on government for the kind of help that churches and civic groups used to provide.
He says entitlement programs should be turned over to the states and time-limited so people do not become lifelong dependents. He says the plan would help save money and lives.
Santorum says people who lose money when selling their houses should be allowed to take a tax deduction on their loss.
His campaign touted the speech as a major announcement. But Santorum had made those proposals at various times before.
The Michigan and Arizona primaries are Tuesday.