November 23rd, 2009
05:54 PM ET
5 years ago

Santorum adds South Carolina to 2012 itinerary

Former Sen. Rick Santorum will visit the crucial primary state of South Carolina in December.
Former Sen. Rick Santorum will visit the crucial primary state of South Carolina in December.

Washington (CNN) – Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum doesn't appear to be shy about his 2012 intentions.

The Republican, who was thumped by 18 points in his 2006 re-election bid, has met with conservative activists in Iowa, delivered a speech to a Right to Life dinner in Michigan and has stepped up his public criticism of President Obama.

Now he's headed to another early primary state: South Carolina.

Santorum will campaign for Republican gubernatorial candidate Gresham Barrett in Bluffton, Spartanburg and Greenville on December 8 and 9. Barrett, currently a member of Congress, is one of five candidates seeking the GOP nomination for governor.

"I'm also looking forward to visiting with South Carolina families to discuss the issues that matter to them and the future of this country," Santorum said in a statement announcing the trip. "Too much is at stake to sit back and not participate in the critical discussion of how to address these issues."


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soundoff (39 Responses)
  1. NVa Native

    Rick Santorum – another right wing religious radical whacko. He'd be great with Palin or Cheney for 2012. He's a simple minded bigot who preys on people's fears, a true neo-conservative.

    November 23, 2009 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  2. Robert in Texas

    Who cares what this lightweight nobody professional republican politician has to say about anything...?

    November 23, 2009 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  3. Palin....ha

    I'm from pa & he was lt. Gov & I'd never vote for this empty suit lack of ideas hack who is now doing everything he can to pander to the far right...this guy makes me very sick

    November 23, 2009 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  4. Frank, Las Vegas

    Here's another GOP idiot. He couldn't get re-elected as a senator so he thinks he get elected as president. He doesn't believe the people rejected him by 18 points, guess he thinks it was a mistake. The only mistake is him staying in politics. Just another fine example of GOP reverse logic.

    So tell us Rick, do the voices in your head make you feel like there's a crowd behind you?

    November 23, 2009 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  5. philly1

    We finally got rid of this devil in PA. If SC wants him, please take him forever!!!

    November 23, 2009 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  6. mjm

    "The Republican, who was thumped by 18 points in his 2006 re-election bid"

    Lean left much...CNN?

    He had a long career and only lost because he supported Specter.

    Other than that, he's a good conservative.

    November 23, 2009 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  7. chuck

    Just when we thought he had left the building... How does he find time to work with seven offspring? Someone needs to discuss climate change, the depletion of natural resources and the rain forests, population control, and birth control with this man who wants to populate the world and deny all gays the right to enjoy the same air that he breathes. This guy has a homosexual chip on his shoulders that is bigger than the U.S. deficit. There is a reason he lost his last race. Many people didn't like him butting into the Terry Schiavo family business. Conservatives were particularly upset that his political nose was somewhere it shouldn't have been. This guy will never attract anyone other than the hard right of the reddest states. Palin would have more success than him. The world is moving forward with social equality and this pitiful little man would drag all of us back to biblical times where we would all remain for the tenure of his presidency. Please let the electorate see past this inferior candidate.

    November 23, 2009 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  8. ERP

    This must surely be the the LOONY BIN era of politics in America. Palin, Dobbs, Santorum... who's next? Maybe the GOP should bring back Dan Quayle!

    November 23, 2009 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  9. Love Thy Neighbor

    "I'm also looking forward to visiting with South Carolina families to discuss the issues that matter to them and the future of this country," Santorum said in a statement announcing the trip. "Too much is at stake to sit back and not participate in the critical discussion of how to address these issues."

    And what would those be may I ask? The same things that brought you down in PA? Abortion/ANY kind of marriage besides the one YOU want? The future of this country is to move FORWARD, NOT backwards. Times are changing and everyone should keep up or you are going to be left behind. This is NOT the America we grew up with.

    November 23, 2009 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  10. rita

    If you love the theocracy of Iran and Saudi Arabia, you will love this man as your next president.

    November 23, 2009 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  11. Darth Vadik, CA

    This nutjob is your typical Republican politician, with a typical Republican mentality:

    "...if I hit this brick wall hard enough with my head, I will break the brick wall..."

    So just keep on hitting that brick wall Republicans, just keep hitting it.

    November 23, 2009 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  12. Randy, San Francisco

    This is exactly what is wrong with the GOP. Another loser to add to a list of uninspiring list of candidates too far to the right of the political spectrum for independents and moderates to consider supporting. Oh, forgot, the GOP purged all moderates from the party.

    November 23, 2009 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  13. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    Back like a bad penny...

    November 23, 2009 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  14. Harry

    Rick Santorum would be a joke if he wasn't so scary. He would send the women's movement back to the beginning of the last century. If this wingnut gets any where near the WH, i'll be running for he hills of Canada!

    November 23, 2009 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  15. steve

    Forget it Rick. You will always be remembered as a nut job.

    November 23, 2009 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  16. mjm

    Rick you can ONLY be my VP......

    I am voting for NONE OTHER THAN Sarah Palin this time in 2012....

    NO ONE ELSE (is qualified) Please....

    November 23, 2009 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  17. brian in denver

    Just another Republican nutcase – they'll love him in S. Carolina

    November 23, 2009 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  18. What Doesn't He Understand

    I think the people have spoken. They don't want him.

    November 23, 2009 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  19. ThinkAgain

    Santorum is such a joke! The whole GOP is a joke – and all they can offer our country is a bunch of egotistical, power-hungry dolts who spout the same tried-and-failed "tax breaks for the wealthy" rhetoric.

    Boy, they think Americans are stupid!

    November 23, 2009 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  20. MikeH

    Don't leave your dog unattended around Rick Satorum.

    November 23, 2009 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  21. Houston Mom

    Right Wing Rick. Rick Santorum is the kiss of death if you are trying to get elected.

    November 23, 2009 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  22. Adalbert

    Santorum is one of the biggest losers that the right wing has. He should run.

    November 23, 2009 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  23. timeout77

    Rick.....word of advice ..... STOP pandering to the Religious exremists and maybe you'll have a chance at elective office.

    No one alive has spoken with or met with GOD so no one has any direct evidence tha GOD wants women to not have abortions, or that Gay people shouldn't get married!

    Get it?

    November 23, 2009 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  24. Bugl3t

    Yeah, right:

    1) wrote that intelligent design "is a legitimate scientific theory that should be taught in science classes."

    2) sponsor of legislation proposed to prevent the National Weather Service from "competing" with private-sector weather services

    3) favors legislation that would restrict or prohibit abortion.

    4) does not believe a "right to privacy" exists under the Constitution, even within marriage

    5) the guy who declared that weapons of mass destruction (WMD) had been found in Iraq

    November 23, 2009 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  25. Richard Nagle Dar

    Will vote for anyone other than Obama .....

    Rick .... My Vote is with you. Don't care what you wanna do....

    November 23, 2009 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
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