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At Godfathers, Santorum orders a slice of political showmanship

By NBC's Alex Moe

KNOXVILLE, Iowa -- Rick Santorum paid a visit Friday night to Herman Cain's old stomping grounds -- a Godfathers Pizza.

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Rick Santorum tries his first piece of Godfathers Pizza in Knoxville, Iowa Friday night.

"Good job Herman, good stuff," Santorum said as he ate a slice of sausage pizza and gave the former CEO of Godfathers a thumbs up.

"I thought it'd be fun to have something at Godfathers Pizza. And as I just tweeted out, I am looking for the 9-9-9 special and in fact they have a 9-9-9 special so I think it's fun," Santorum told reporters before his seventh and final event of the day. (The Godfather himself, Cain, stumped in Florida today.)

The former Pennsylvania senator, the only candidate in the race to visit all of Iowa's 99 counties, spoke inside a packed room to at least 35 people and drew more media than usual.

Santorum focused his brief speech mostly on national security before taking questions from the audience. He also commented on the lead up to the first-in-the-nation caucuses and various candidates having their moment in the spotlight.

"I'd rather have my moment in late December than in late July," Santorum said. "We still have 6 1/2 weeks [until the caucus] -- that's an eternity in politics."