September 29th, 2009
05:25 PM ET
5 years ago

Santorum weighs presidential bid

Former Sen. Santorum, pictured here in a 2006 file photo, is headed to Iowa Thursday.
Former Sen. Santorum, pictured here in a 2006 file photo, is headed to Iowa Thursday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Former Sen. Rick Santorum will make a foray into 2012 campaign territory Thursday, when the Pennsylvania Republican heads to Iowa to deliver a sharp critique of President Obama's first nine months in office.

Santorum acknowledged interest in a possible presidential run in a Tuesday conference call with reporters, but he emphasized that his visit to the Midwest political proving ground of Iowa does not mean he is a certain candidate for the Republican nomination. Instead, Santorum said that he is using this opportunity to raise his national profile, and noted he will speak out on issues that he thinks the GOP has failed to effectively address, such as health care.

The former senator credited talk radio with helping the conservative movement regain its momentum, but added that at times it has been "pretty shrill." Santorum said it is now time for Republican leaders to start promoting solutions and policies to counter Obama's legislative agenda. And the former senator said he plans to step up and begin talking about his vision for the future.

While Santorum lost his re-election in 2006, he is still well regarded in Republican circles, particularly among social conservatives.


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soundoff (64 Responses)
  1. Republican No Longer

    Don't forget to mention that 3000 people haven't died in a terrorist attack since he's been in office. The only time that happened was under a Republican.

    For the safety of my fellow americans, I won't place them in harms way again, I will never vote for another Republican. I still feel guilty for voting for Bush his first term. If we had elected Jimmy Carter to come back, we would have all been safe. Jimmy Carter after all, kept us safe on our homeland his ENTIRE time in office, not just some of it. He sucked besides that, just not as bad as Bush sucked.

    September 29, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  2. Shannon

    Hahaha – Rick Santorum? The corrupt freak? Well, I guess anyone's considered a good candidate what with the bar set so low with Bush and then lowered even further – as in, on the ground – with Sarah Palin.

    Meanwhile, let's all cut the cr*p and say YES to the public option!

    September 29, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  3. No Incumbents 2010

    Everyone and their dog seems to be running for president. Ambition and self-aggrandizement above all else. The GOP pretenders will make for interesting political theater in the primary but what record will they be running on? Will it be.... "We opposed Obama's support for the having the Olympics in the United States (Chicago) in 2016"??? "We opposed Obama on stopping torture"??? "We opposed Obama's rescue of the economy after Bush sent us into a near-depression"???

    September 29, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  4. Nathan,

    Typical Republican strategy. Gain by putting somethign or someone down and not by adding anything of worth to the debate or the American people. Unfortunately it usually works. Americans sure are sapps

    September 29, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  5. JonDie

    Just what the country needs, yet another hypocritical, self-righteous candidate from the party of the Stone Age.

    September 29, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  6. victim of republican greed

    Santorum = Bush. No thank you, Rick, but thanks for the offer.

    September 29, 2009 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  7. carole

    I am a Pennsylvania...................we loathe this snake Santorum. Take your pick – The Shivo case where he really did not care about this woman as he is a warmonger or the fact he lied about living in Penn Hills Pennsylvania.

    Santorum is a liar and fraud. Santorum YOU Lie!!!!!

    September 29, 2009 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  8. Bill

    I Voted for Obama and the Democratic Party in 2008

    IF THERE IS NO PUBLIC OPTION.

    I WILL NOT VOTE for Obama and the Democratic Party in 2012 – PERIOD.

    September 29, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  9. D. Tree

    These Republicans keep talking about how they "plan" to propose their own solutions, but in the end they don't have ANY new ideas. They just repackage the same failed policies that led us into this mess!

    September 29, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  10. Josh in TN

    I hope they loose again.

    September 29, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  11. Jilli

    Santorum?

    BWAAAAAAHHHHHH!!!!!!!

    September 29, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  12. Jay T.

    Relish this article the six Santorum fans in the world. This is the last time you'll hear his name.

    September 29, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  13. southphillyballz

    Oh, dear Lord, please let him get the nomination. I can't think of a simpler way for Obama to get a second term!

    September 29, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  14. Voted4HealthCare

    Presidential bid? You must be joking. Santorum's fundamentalism is exactly what's wrong with my former GOP these days.

    While purporting so-called "limited government" nonsense, the social conservatives hypocritically inject their governing into the very private lives of citizens, where government has no business.

    September 29, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  15. Chris

    I hope it's a joke because I don't want to explain to my then-3 year-old in 2012 why daddy's laughing whenever he hears the word "Santorum". Dan Savage will increase in popularity, so a Rick Santorum run wouldn't be all bad.

    September 29, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  16. Death Assurance Companies

    This guy is the biggest joke since french bread.

    September 29, 2009 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  17. carlos, THAT one

    are there any smart repugnant reptiles, I guess not, that's why they are called repugnant reptiles.........enough of the gop garbage......send them all to the dump

    September 29, 2009 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  18. Kevin in Ohio

    Thank you Mr Santorum. We need as many conservatives as we can get to overcome the misguided socialist agenda of the democrats. 2010 and 2012 cannot come fast enough. This country is in big trouble NOW.

    September 29, 2009 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  19. snood

    Can someone tell me since everyone sez Obama is so good at multi-tasking why hasn't he been able to do anything? the signing of papers you dont read like the stimulas dont count bu t if he gets the Olymoics that will be the first thing hes done and it wont be much to do because of him

    September 29, 2009 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  20. Simmy

    GOP, you got nothing......You're groping in the dark.......You might as well bring back Hong Kong Sue......

    September 29, 2009 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  21. Steph

    Add ANOTHER "former" someone to the list of Republican candidates. Good, the longer the list of "formers" there are competing against President Obama the better I feel about 2012.

    Obama Biden 2012

    September 29, 2009 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  22. snood

    Republicain No Longer, CaRTER HAD THE 50 hOSTAGES. that was not keeping us safe that is whyy he lost the election you may want to go back and check history

    September 29, 2009 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  23. Tulsa

    REALLY?
    ohpleaseohpleaseohplease!

    September 29, 2009 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  24. diana

    Blah Blah Blah, This Ripugnants are destroying the Country why don't they just go away.

    September 29, 2009 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  25. Anne E.

    He's considering a presidential bid? Seriously? President of what???
    Mr. "Man-on-Dog" wouldn't even be elected president of the ASPCA!

    September 29, 2009 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
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