Rick Santorum took his campaign to Eastern Washington on Thursday, urging voters to "reset" the GOP presidential race during Saturday's precinct caucuses.

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SPOKANE — Rick Santorum appealed to Washingtonians to “reset” the presidential race on Saturday just in time for Super Tuesday.

Santorum, the former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania, cast himself as the underdog “insurgent” candidate in a half-hour speech Thursday to more than 800 people at New Life Assembly Church, which is in a converted grocery store in the city of Spokane Valley.

“We think that we can surprise a lot of people here on Saturday in the state of Washington,” he said.

Washington holds its Republican-precinct caucuses Saturday. It’s the last contest before Republicans in 10 states make their presidential picks Tuesday.

Santorum campaigned in Olympia and Tacoma about three weeks ago.

He opened his Spokane rally visit with a condemnation of the U.S. Senate vote blocking a Republican-backed plan to allow employers and insurers to opt out of health-care requirements, including contraceptive coverage, that they found objectionable.

He repeated a line about how the belief among most climate scientists that human activity is a significant source of global warming “wasn’t climate science. It was political science.”

He promised to work for the repeal of the national health-care law pushed through by Obama.

And he criticized bailouts and the country’s soaring debt.

“I didn’t rush to bail out my friends on Wall Street, in part, because I don’t have any,” he said.

This time, Santorum was more focused on the apparent front-runner, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

He called Romney a moderate and pointed to other Republicans nominated for president whom he said were moderates and who lost bids or re-elections, including Presidents Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush, Bob Dole and John McCain.

“All the good ol’ boys are supporting the moderate candidate,” he said. “We still have someone in this race who still believes in you.”

Santorum flew to Spokane from Georgia, where he held rallies earlier in the day.

After Spokane, he headed to Pasco for a rally.