June 15th, 2010
10:28 AM ET
8 years ago

Potential 2012 Republican candidate headed to Iowa

Former Sen. Rick Santorum announced Tuesday that he will visit Iowa next week to deliver two speeches and attend a fundraiser.

Former Sen. Rick Santorum announced Tuesday that he will visit Iowa next week to deliver two speeches and attend a fundraiser.

Washington (CNN) - Former Sen. Rick Santorum, who is seriously considering a bid for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, announced Tuesday that he will visit Iowa next week to deliver two speeches and attend a fundraiser for a state Senate candidate.

It will be the Pennsylvania Republican's third visit in the past nine months to this important presidential proving ground.

"Each time I visit the Hawkeye state, I am struck by how concerned Iowans are about the state of our nation," said Santorum, who lost re-election in 2006. "They are fired up about the mid-term elections and engaged about what can be done to return our country back to the road of fiscal discipline and economic prosperity."

Santorum will be the keynote speaker at a Scott County Lincoln Club event on June 25 followed by fundraiser for Republican Sandy Greiner, who is running for state Senate. The next day, Santorum will address a lunch at the Iowa GOP convention.

Santorum has also visited South Carolina four times since December and recently made two stops in New Hampshire.

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soundoff (38 Responses)
  1. Shucks

    Rick, we voted you out of Pennsylvania for your lying and your radical right wing religous views. You don't have a snowballs chance in heck to be elected president. Go join Palin and you both can destroy the republican party simultaneously.

    June 15, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  2. .....

    seriously? i could care less WHICH republican is going to be the candidate in 2012, i wouldn't vote for any of them if my life depended on it! look at this clown, he just LOOKS evil..like he'd be running for the white people only in this country! enough of that mess!

    June 15, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  3. Senator

    "Each time I visit the Hawkeye state, I am struck by how concerned Iowans are about the state of our nation,"

    You should have went to Iowa between 2000-2008 You'd be tongue tied and lock jawed, go back home

    June 15, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  4. Joe

    Please! Rick Santorum? This nutcase spent the night in bad with a corspe, thinks women should be barefoot and pregnant, and probably thinks the world is flat. Do we really want a President that will set us back 400 years.

    June 15, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  5. Darth Vadik, CA


    This moron again, stay classy Republicans


    June 15, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  6. A keen observer

    Doesn't the republican party have any fresh candidates? Santorum is yesterday's news.

    June 15, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  7. Johnny Five

    Unless he adopts Ron Pauls visions, many Republicans (including myself) won't vote for him. It'll be the same reason why McCain failed.

    June 15, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  8. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert but...

    Ricky-boy just wants to be president so he can round up all the gays and lesbians and put them in the death camps. Such a nice Christian gentleman. Have a nice day!

    June 15, 2010 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  9. NVa Native

    Santorum is what is wrong/disgusting with the Republican Party – intolerance, ignorance, arrogance, fear and hate.
    He's perfect for Repubs/tea-baggers in 2012 – Palin/Santourm?

    June 15, 2010 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  10. $50

    Contrary to popular belief, it sucks being 'first in the nation'!

    It's just pointless, non-stop blather from both sides of the aisle ad-nauseum. And not just from potential candidates, but boobs (sorry) like Palin!

    June 15, 2010 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  11. Sniffit

    Someone inform Captain Fruity that he has no chance of winning. Seroiusly, nobody wants to read stories about this homphobe religio-fascist numbnut.

    June 15, 2010 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  12. Debbie

    1. Confrontational and divisive. Has zero ability to bring the country together. Same old "if you don't think like me then your wrong" mentality. Would do more damage than good.
    2. Waaayyyy to far to the right. Lost in PA by almost 60%.

    Save everyone time, money, and energy and stay home.

    June 15, 2010 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  13. Dave

    Whatever. This idiot has a better chance of being elected dog-catcher.

    June 15, 2010 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  14. Ben in Texas

    Oh, please. No more pseudo-articles about former Sen. "Play-with-the-dead-baby-on-the-couch" Santorum and his supposed run for the White House. The closest he'll ever get to occupying that space is if he takes the official tour. These articles must be designed to give CNN readers gas.

    June 15, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  15. gt

    waste of time..he cant even carry his own state...

    June 15, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  16. Karl in SLC

    LOL, good luck nutjob. Just a preview of the crazy that will be running from the right in 2012.

    June 15, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  17. Eric in Manhattan

    Santorum? Are you kidding me?

    June 15, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  18. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    Santorum is just another religious fanatic.

    June 15, 2010 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  19. Michael

    Rick Santorum....bad for America!!!

    June 15, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  20. Sean Howley

    This guy is a non-starter...he just thinks to high of himself!

    June 15, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  21. Jacob

    read up on this dude! scary stuff!

    June 15, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  22. dinah

    Please don't. The country had already suffered irreversible damage under their 8 years of power . He never did anything to alleviate that when they are occupying both house and the White house. And still they are trying to be an undeniable obstacle for this President to do repair on the mess they've done.

    June 15, 2010 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  23. Ryan

    Why do all Republicans, no matter what age, try to look like the Hardy boys? Do they really think we still buy that 1950's wholesome crap? Then again, I guess old people do and that seems to be their audience... the uninformed...and out of touch.

    June 15, 2010 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  24. Former Sen. Rick Santorum

    do the country a favor and stay 'former'

    you did not help Pennsylvania

    June 15, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  25. Thomas Gerylo

    Hmmmph... the last thing the US needs is a blatantly homophobic president. It's tough enough there already for the GLBT community. With Santorum and Palin running, hello second term for Obama!

    June 15, 2010 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
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