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Santorum’s public land sale proposal taps long-divisive issue in Idaho

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum won applause at a campaign rally in Boise this week when he advocated transferring or selling off federal lands in the state, but the issue has been a loser for other politicians over the course of history, report Idaho Statesman reporters Dan Popkey and Rocky Barker today. Those include Gov. Butch Otter, who backed off and apologized after co-sponsoring a bill in Congress to sell off forest land to pay for Hurricane Katrina cleanup, and President Herbert Hoover, whose 1929 offer to transfer 190 million acres to the states, but not the minerals beneath, was rejected as westerners derided it as “skimmed milk” or “the lid without the bucket.” You can read their full report here.

Santorum rallies Boise crowd

Rick Santorum's campaign rally in Boise drew an overflow crowd to the 1,300-seat Capital High School auditorium tonight. “The bigger the government is, the smaller you become,” Santorum told the enthusiastic crowd. “It is a zero-sum game.” Most of  his remarks were aimed at President Obama, though he also talked quite a bit about religion. Santorum, who represented Pennsylvania in the U.S. House from 1990 to 1995 and in the U.S. Senate from 1995 to 2006, was misidentified by a local news station as the former governor of Pennsylvania; he was defeated for re-election to the Senate by a pro-life Democrat in 2006.

His reception in Boise was highly enthusiastic; backers had to set up overflow space in the school gym. It followed a Coeur d'Alene rally that also overflowed. “There are more delegates here than in South Carolina and Iowa combined, almost as many as in the state of Florida,” Santorum said to applause. “You can have a huge impact on March 6th.” That's Super Tuesday, the date of Idaho's first GOP presidential caucus.  After Santorum's talk and Q-and-A with audience members, he said, “I will take pictures with anyone who puts it on Facebook.” Click below for a report from the AP on Santorum's Boise stop and other recent events; you can read Idaho Statesman reporter Dan Popkey's full report here.

Meanwhile, GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul has scheduled a campaign stop for Thursday in Twin Falls, according to the Twin Falls Times-News. Paul reportedly may visit Boise over the weekend, while Mitt Romney has scheduled both a high-dollar fundraiser and a rally for Boise on Friday.

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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