DETROIT -- This is a confident Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum.
The fast-rising candidate dropped in on the Detroit Economic Club on Thursday -- with a lead in the polls over the man who grew up here.
And he didn't take his foot off the gas.
"We've got a candidate in this race who suggested he didn't care about the very poor; he cared about the 95 percent," Santorum said at the Cobo Center. "How about a candidate who cares about a hundred percent?"
Santorum also attacked a new pro-Romney ad put on by his Super PAC that labels him a big spender as misleading.
"The 'Weekly Standard' looked at the 50 senators who were in the congress at the same time I was, and there were only four senators who had a better spending record," the former Pennsylvania senator said.
But Santorum, with his son and daughter in attendance, mostly focused his efforts on manufacturing, noting he'll cut the industry's corporate tax rate to zero, knowing that would play well in this crowd.
"People say, 'Well, why do you treat it differently?' Because you here in detroit have to compete against countries all around the world who want your jobs and in many cases took your jobs," Santorum said.
He also bashed President Obama as an "over-spender" who's focused too much on income inequality, and not enough on the economy at large.
Among the audience members here, perhaps Santorum's biggest selling point is his focus on religion.
"He is a big supporter for family, keeping the family strong," said one onlooker. "And I think that's what's lacking in America."