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. Liberal4Obama

    LOL... Palin, Pawlenty and Santorum, the three stooges yes indeed !

    September 29, 2009 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  2. Robert

    Okay, sure... He is popular with the nutjobs of the far right... just as Palin and Bachmann are...

    But he will NEVER be president. The right wing base cannot get anyone elected by itself, and that is all he will ever have.

    September 29, 2009 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  3. Chris in MN

    9 month critique. That even sounds foolish to discuss. What qualifies him to critique Obama?? I thought Republicans only valued executive experience -somethings Slick-Rick doesn't have. Where did he graduate in his class? Suma or Magna? He's not qualified!!! He has no real international experience!!

    September 29, 2009 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  4. gypsydaveywithablowtorch

    Bring him on. Another holier that thou Republican who fully supported Bush's war. This guy represents everything we rejected the last few elections. The party of the past.

    September 29, 2009 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  5. Bonnie in Seattle

    Oh PLEASE run!!!!! Obama will win by a landslide!

    September 29, 2009 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  6. pc

    i voted for our president in 2008 and i will certainly vote for him in 2012. these idiots are foolish even thinking they are smarter than obama. if they were not so evil it would be funny. the nasty party of NO does not have a candidate that could even come close to our president in knowledge and strength needed to run this country.
    president obama stills has the majority with him and we shall stand up for him in 2012.

    September 29, 2009 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  7. vick

    full of clueless REthugs... this guys are shame to out country... GOP will not win next election

    September 29, 2009 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  8. Jacob

    this guy is a political loser of epic proportions!

    we do not need another politician who spews hate and lies under the guise of "I'm just a family man with higher morals and family values than you'll ever have!"

    September 29, 2009 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  9. Amanda

    And WHO is he ???

    September 29, 2009 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  10. Four and The Door

    Probably an anti-Obama campaign will work better than the anti-Bush campaign Obama ran. The difference will be the Republicans will have something to follow it up with instead of a free for all spending spree courtesy of working Americans everywhere when they win.

    September 29, 2009 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  11. Nea

    All those that says they will not vote for the Democrats or President obama in 2012 isnt this whats its all about anyway thats exactly what the republicans want you to do say that you wont vote for the Democrats in 2012 as far as im concern i just want a good bill that will work.

    September 29, 2009 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  12. Peter

    Go critic! and divide the republican party even more! I just want to see the party of wing nuts only!

    September 29, 2009 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  13. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Santorum couldn't get re-elected in his own state, where he was considered invincible, but he's going to win national office?

    Yeah, right!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 29, 2009 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  14. Farrell in Houston

    The word "solution" is easy to say but explaining what "that" might be coming from a Republican still remains nothing but a "word".

    September 29, 2009 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  15. ThinkAgain

    And just what are his credentials? That he's another self-righteous Republican hack willing to say and do anything to get elected, all the while claiming that he's "christian" and therefore morally superior to everyone else (and the only holder of "family values")?

    Been there, done that – and every single one of those evangelical doofuses is a hypocrit!

    September 29, 2009 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  16. Barbara Independent in NY

    Forget it Rick. We know your history.

    September 29, 2009 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  17. Loyal Republican

    Forget it.

    September 29, 2009 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  18. Haas

    Don't know the guy but all I can say is "BRING IT!!!!!" The Repubs still don't have any answers.

    September 29, 2009 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  19. Taylor B1

    These fool GOPs are fallling all over themselves convinced that by 2012 the public not only will have forgiven, but maybe even forgotten what a mess we had under the GOPs, including Santorum and President Bush. Charlie Crist, all of a sudden maybe not on a direct path to the Senate, continues to huff and puff about Obama losing in '12. Trent Franks, Joe Wilson, Michelle Bachmann, Michael Steele, etc. can't seem to keep their mouths shut even when they hurt their own cause...because the rabid base just cheers them on and on, and they imagine that the noisy 20% of the far right somehow speaks for the rest of us...just pathetic, really.

    September 29, 2009 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  20. Ray in Nashville

    Let's see, 8 months into President Obama's term and over a year since our economy went into a deep spiral and this guy says it's NOW time for the Republicans to start coming up with solutions! That pretty much acknowlodges that the GOP has done nothing up to this point. At least someone in the GOP is finally telling the truth.

    September 29, 2009 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  21. Independent

    At this point, anybody but Obama sounds great to me.

    September 29, 2009 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  22. just truth

    I have to agree with him. But it is not just republicans who need to strt to work on solutions. It needs to be both sides of the aisle. there are just as many radical democrats as republicans. just remember there were democrats who voted with the republicans to go to war.

    September 29, 2009 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  23. Andi

    Wait, NOW is the time for the GOP to start promoting solutions and policies? NOW? So they are going to admit that they've done no work until NOW? Nice.

    September 29, 2009 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  24. Michele

    Oh, please run Rick. Best way for Obama to get a second term. Santorum is santorum.

    September 29, 2009 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  25. johnnie w

    This CLOWN ,couldnt be President of 7 ELEVEN, he is a JOKE, and a CANCER to America, a FOOLISH FOOL>

    September 29, 2009 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
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