April 16th, 2010
04:51 PM ET
4 years ago

Santorum plans foreign policy speech in key primary state

Rick Santorum will deliver a foreign policy speech Monday in South Carolina.
Rick Santorum will deliver a foreign policy speech Monday in South Carolina.

(CNN) - Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum will deliver a foreign policy speech in South Carolina next week, his latest effort at burnishing his profile ahead of a potential White House bid in 2012.

The speech, to be delivered Monday at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina, "will focus on our nation's foreign policy challenges and how best to tackle the threats our country faces," according to a schedule released by his political team.

Santorum's advisers believe he can differentiate himself from his potential 2012 rivals by highlighting his foreign policy chops.

He spent eight years on the Senate Armed Services Committee and authored successful legislation addressing threats posed by Syria and Iran - points he makes regularly as he travels to early primary states and meets with party activists.

Santorum, who has already made political stops this year in South Carolina, will also campaign for Rep. Gresham Barrett in North Charleston on Monday and Summerville on Tuesday. Barrett is seeking the GOP nomination for governor.

Though Santorum is actively thinking about a presidential bid – he has already spent time in Iowa and New Hampshire – his 18-point loss to Democrat Bob Casey in his 2006 re-election bid has other Republicans questioning his viability.

He finished second to last in the Southern Republican Leadership Conference's 2012 straw poll last weekend.


Filed under: 2012 • Rick Santorum • South Carolina
soundoff (47 Responses)
  1. chris24

    Big Deal!!!

    Who cares what this right wing nutjob thinks?????

    April 16, 2010 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  2. Hap

    Santorum/Palin 2012, please! or Palin/Santorum it doesn't matter. These are "real" americans, with only the country's best interests at heart, or so they think.
    Rick will fix social security by making us work until we're 72, Sarah will wink at Iran say something cute and make the nuclear weapons disappear. Alaska will cringe, Pennsylvania will roll it's eyes and George W. will look like Einstein, I can see it now.

    April 16, 2010 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  3. Rob W.

    I wonder if he'll discuss how he supported the Catholic Church in Pennsylvania to evade responsibility for the child sex abuse cases that occured in the Pittsburgh Archdiocese????

    April 16, 2010 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  4. Florida Joe

    Maybe he can borrow Palin's sharpie to jot a few notes on his hands.......WHO CARES

    April 16, 2010 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  5. Blue

    Rick has doing that I wnat to hear. Stay home, where you belong.

    April 16, 2010 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  6. How sad!

    Yeah, but can he see Russia from his front porch?

    He has a long way to go before he catches up to Sarah Palin.

    April 16, 2010 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  7. Pragmatic

    Check his other credentials:

    Santorum is a "Tort Reform fraud." He and his wife sued her doctor for a half million dollars for "non-medical" compensation.

    That's the pain and suffering lawsuit that Santorum wants to cap at $250,000.

    They were awarded $350,000 and bought a huge mansion in VA where they pretend to be from PA. – while he was in office.

    April 16, 2010 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    The problem with Santorum is he is a religious wack job.

    April 16, 2010 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  9. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    To them.."foreign policy" means what's going on in Georgia...

    April 16, 2010 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  10. If Obama Cured Cancer . . .

    Beck and his minions would decry the loss of oncological jobs.

    April 16, 2010 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  11. Desmond in Canada

    Obama is the best foreign policy maker the USA has ever had. His only bugbear is likely to be the US policy regarding Israel's and the West's brutal sixty year oppression of the Palestinians – the absolute root cause of all Middle-East terrorism from 9/11 to Iran. When will the USA ever learn to be honest?

    April 16, 2010 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  12. Jim In Miami

    I lived in Pennsylvania for 25 years – I am still amazed that this theocractic hypocritic thinks that God want him to be president.....

    April 16, 2010 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  13. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    What a disgusting human being!

    April 16, 2010 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  14. Ronnie

    I have never heard of this man before today! So what is his real chance of winning anything?

    April 16, 2010 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  15. jack

    What does Rick Santorum and milk past it's expiration date have in common? They both smell funny and need to be thrown out. It's always more enjoyable to consume something new and fresh.

    April 16, 2010 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  16. MikeH

    Rick "Man On Dog" Santorum is mentally ill and dangerous to American Democracy.

    He has no clue about foreign policy.

    April 16, 2010 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  17. Henry Miller, Libertarian, Cary, NC

    Santorum has a "foreign policy?" Other than insisting that the US go on being Israel's stooge, that is.

    April 16, 2010 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  18. TonyInLargo

    Nix to Rick.

    April 16, 2010 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  19. Jilli

    Oh boy, this ought to be good.

    I don't care what committees he SAT on, he's got no foreign policy credibility.

    April 16, 2010 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  20. Blaker in Mo

    Who would want to listen to this loser?

    April 16, 2010 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  21. A disgusted former Republican

    Does the country need another washed up republican idiot running for anything?

    April 16, 2010 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  22. They call me "tater salad"

    I can sum up this morons political future in 2 words...........NO CHANCE!!!!!!!!

    April 16, 2010 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
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