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05:37 PM ET

Rick Santorum: Establishment GOP don't have a clue on how to fix key problem

(CNN) – Former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum says the GOP has a problem, and they know it.

"Areas where we should be winning, like in Ohio, and in Michigan, places where the economy is not strong, where the Obama administration policies have hurt there ... they're not voting for us," says Santorum, author of the new book "Blue Collar Conservatives: Recommitting to an America That Works."

Establishment Republicans "realize we have a problem there. I don't think they have any clue how to fix it," says Santorum.

"The tea party realizes, that's who they are, these are conservatives who don't think the establishment really understands their problems," says Santorum.

The former Pennsylvania senator says his book "is an attempt to put an agenda together that's not just pro growth ... but is also pro worker."

Without that duel platform "that communicates to the average American, I don't think there is hope for us to win national elections," says Santorum.

For more of our interview with Rick Santorum, check out the video above.

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