SPOKANE-- Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum returned to the Inland Northwest Thursday.

Santorum stopped by the New Life Assembly Church to stir up support ahead of this weekend s caucus in Washington.

He arrived about an hour late. Campaign sources say his plane touched down at Spokane International Airport around 3 p.m. Thursday afternoon.

Santorum supporters lined up outside the church about two hours ahead of the rally to get a spot in the front row.

Santorum got a huge round of applause when he spoke about his desire to repeal Obama-care. He didn t hold back on criticizing his main opponent, Mitt Romney, saying he s just too moderate for America.

Washington doesn t have a presidential primary this year, so GOP candidates like Santorum are doing everything they can to gain support for the upcoming caucuses.

Santorum is now on his way to the Tri-Cities for another rally. He stopped in Coeur d Alene in February.

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