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. FRANK, LAS VEGAS

    Oh please. We do not want to go back to the failed Bush policies, give it up Rick, we're not interested.

    April 16, 2010 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  2. Susan L.

    Oh, man! This whack-job? He's been out on his fundamentalist ear for a long time. No one but the other fundie whack-jobs want him back. He should give it up before he puts his whole family on display while they all cry over his loss again.

    April 16, 2010 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  3. forwardgal

    They'll love him there....redneck, ignorant, right-wingnut preaching to redneck, ignorant, right wing-nuts! WOW...now there's an idea. I really wish he and those of his ilk would all move to SC and then put up a fence to lock them all in!

    April 16, 2010 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  4. Bill

    Is he going to talk about "man on dog" foreign policy or just his overwhelming appreciation for human rights? Hey clown car, you lost a passenger!

    April 16, 2010 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  5. Texas Doc

    He's an expert now? Of what? Gimme a break. This guy makes Bush look like a particle beam physicist. Typical Teabagger Republicant: "My anger is all the experience I need!"

    April 16, 2010 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  6. ray

    this man on dog should be in prison. these racists on the right will say anything , will lie at no cost to the brain dead on the right so they can advance their agenda.

    April 16, 2010 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  7. Duck Fallas

    Anybody who thinks Iran and Syria are serious threats to the US is a paranoid dope. Or a republican. Or both.

    Beware China, dummy.

    April 16, 2010 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  8. Dave

    Rick Santorum is planning a policy speech??? Let me guess, it will be "blast everyone that looks at us funny." This moron couldn't give a speech on how to make ice...

    April 16, 2010 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  9. GI Joe

    He'll never be president – I don't care how purified he gets in nutty SC.

    Pres. Sanitorium??????? Don't think so - tho it does describe where the republican belong (crazy-house)

    April 16, 2010 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  10. SC-Pub "no" more

    Tell Rick the Yankees have left Fort Sumter; there is no need of firing on it.

    Who the heck could possibly care what he has to say about foreign policy except a few S.C. Pub die-hards?

    April 16, 2010 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  11. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    He spent 8 years under the Bush administration and we all know where that got us.

    April 16, 2010 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  12. Hawktyme

    POISON!
    As if we don't have enough anarchists paying homage to the creator. This is just another one of those guys who prays daily that the end of time happens in his lifetime, and he'll do whatever he has to to keep sane people from trying to prevent it.

    April 16, 2010 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  13. Dave In Altmar

    What I'd love to know is who the heck is actually listening to this nitwit?

    April 16, 2010 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  14. STEVEN

    Why does anyone pay attention to this guy?? Why? Why?
    He cant even win in his own state and yet you spend time and space writing about this man. Amazing!

    April 16, 2010 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  15. Jake

    are you kidding me?
    does it start with, "what would Jesus do?'

    April 16, 2010 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  16. If We Can Defeat Him On Healthcare It Will Be His Waterloo

    Hmm . . . Foreign policy in South Carolina . . . Hmmm . . . perhaps he can discuss U.S. – Argentina relationships?

    April 16, 2010 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  17. Luke Brown

    Oh great.

    We need someone running for President who was a mindless supporter of those policies of George W. Bush that resulted in the loss of thousands of American lives, and hundreds of thousands of innocent people from other places.

    America can be thankful that Santorum was a foreign policy "expert" in the US Senate during that period and gladly rubber-stamped the most disastrous decline in our country's standing in the world in our history.

    April 16, 2010 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  18. Adalbert

    This guy should plan speeches in churches. He knows nothing about foreign policy.

    April 16, 2010 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  19. carlos

    where did he end up in the voting at their repulsive meeting in New Orleans??......and going to S.C.......for what, to get advise from demented and the cheating gov.........besides, he is all washed out

    April 16, 2010 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  20. rdepontb

    He is too emotional, comes across too light-weight for the many travails in DC...likely why he's no longer there. And, it looks like he can't find an honest job elsewhere!

    April 16, 2010 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  21. pam

    wow! all we are going to hear from rick is more wars. no thanks, we had enough of your wars

    April 16, 2010 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  22. Annie, Atlanta

    I have to be honest here, this guy is scary. He and his wife lost a baby who died just hours after he was born. They took that baby to the wife's parents' home and held and photographed him. He has a picture in his office of this dead infant. My immediate family would be trying to talk me into seeking serious professional help if this were me.

    April 16, 2010 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  23. pam

    have you all noticed that all the GOP ever talk about tax cut for the rich and more wars, no they don't need to be in control again. what are they running for??? let's just no!!!

    April 16, 2010 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  24. Jim

    Couldn't win in his "home" state of PA back in 06 (really he lives in VA). No chance as a Presidential contender. Every time this guy opens his mouth he insults another group of people. His moral compass is way off. I hope the GOP pick him.

    April 16, 2010 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  25. jdcma

    Can you say L U N A T I C ?

    April 16, 2010 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
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