April 26th, 2010
08:30 AM ET
5 years ago

Santorum plans foreign policy speech in key primary state

Washington (CNN) - In his latest effort at burnishing his profile ahead of a potential White House bid in 2012, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum will deliver a foreign policy speech Monday in South Carolina - historically a key primary state.

The speech, at The Citadel in Charleston, will focus on the challenges the country faces on the foreign policy front and how best to tackle them, according to a schedule released by his political team earlier this month.

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

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

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 in early April.


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  1. Shucks

    How about your ability to cheat your constituents in Pennsylvania who paid through our taxes for your little angel children to go to school in Virginia when you listed your residence as Penn Hills, PA. Oh, I remember, that was just a little oversight. It wasn't actually a crime. Hopefully the rest of the country will dismiss you like the voterrs of Pennsylvania did. They saw right through your little religious smokescreen.

    April 26, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
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