By Kate Spalla — 12/31/11 

Revisiting towns seems to be paying off for Rick Santorum.

This afternoon he returned to Pella, Iowa to visit the town library. Voters gave him a welcome home.

“I’m very impressed that he decided to do this the old-fashioned way, and to go around and shake hands and really listen to people,” said Jaclyn Rundle from Pella.

Santorum called Pella a manufacturing town. That’s because it’s home to the second largest manufacturer of windows and doors in the country. Of its almost 9,000 employees, only about 50 work outside the United States.

He reassured the crowd that businesses must be protected from being moved overseas, both in manufacturing and other industries.

“We need to create jobs not just for blue collar workers but also for small town America,” Santorum said.

There were just a little over 100 at the library, and some said Santorum is more relatable than the other candidates.

“He’s got that personal touch,” said Raymond Springer from Omnigo, Iowa.

Rick Santorum is now polling third after being in the bottom of the pack, and it may be a result of his more personal campaign strategy.