Rick Santorum forms new group to promote his ideals

Former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum speaks at the National Rifle Association convention in St. Louis, Friday, April 13, 2012. AP Photo/Michael Conroy

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UPDATED 2:27 p.m. ET

(CBS News) Former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum launched a new group to work to defeat President Obama and his "radical agenda," according to an email announcing the formation of the new group.

In an interview Friday morning on "Fox and Friends," Santorum said his new organization, Patriot Voices, will support presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney and make sure "Mitt is the next president of the United States."

Patriot Voices is an IRS-designated 501c4 focused on social welfare and allowed to participate in political activity. It joins the fray of outside groups that can raise unlimited funds by individuals and corporations. It has a goal of attracting one million members to "transform America's political landscape."

Santorum, who dropped out of the presidential race in April, said on "Fox and Friends" that Patriot Voices will fill a void and talk about issues few are addressing. His new organization will focus on American "culture and how it's being changed by this administration, whether it's religious liberty or life."

The former Pennsylvania senator also said he will focus on "people left behind."

"Democrats who want to make people more dependent and Republicans who don't seem to be talking about the 70 percent of Americans who don't go to college," Santorum said on Fox.

The new campaign was announced to 300,000 Santorum supporters via email early Friday morning.

At the Chicago Conservative Political Action Committee later Friday, Santorum said he has already begun the process of campaigning for candidates across the country, including Romney.

"We're going to go out and support candidates, in some cases in primaries, but obviously most of the primaries are over so primarily in the general election. And certainly the number one objective to us is to change the ruling powers in Washington D.C., starting with President Obama," Santorum told reporters.

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