October 21st, 2010
04:05 PM ET
4 years ago

Santorum back to Iowa and South Carolina

(CNN) - Rick Santorum's headed back to Iowa and South Carolina in the final week before the midterm elections.

The former Senator from Pennsylvania and possible 2012 GOP presidential hopeful campaigns for fellow Republicans running for election this year in Iowa on Monday and Tuesday and in South Carolina Wednesday and Thursday of next week.

Santorum's swing through Iowa will be his seventh trip to the state this election cycle, while his stops in South Carolina will be his sixth. Both states play a crucial role in the race for the White House. Iowa's caucuses kick off the presidential primary season, while South Carolina usually comes third or fourth on the calendar.

Santorum's also helped campaign for GOP candidates a couple of times this year in New Hampshire, which holds the kick off primary in the road to the White House.

Earlier this month Santorum announced the formation of a political action committee in Iowa, the latest sign the Pennsylvania Republican is getting serious about a White House bid in 2012.

"My federal PAC, America's Foundation, has already assisted some candidates in the Hawkeye State, but I am eager to do more and the Iowa Keystone PAC will help us do that," Santorum said in a statement announcing the PAC. "There are many strong conservatives running in Iowa and assisting them with financial support may help put them in the victory column come Election Day."

Santorum's case for the presidency is far from clear. The former two-term senator lost his 2006 re-election bid by 18 point and has been largely out of public view since then except for appearances on Fox News. Moreover, if he decides to make a bid for the presidency, he could face a potentially crowded field of candidates, including a string of better funded opponents with larger national political operations.

A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation national poll released in August indicated that Santorum registered low single digits among Republican voters when it came to the choice for their party's next presidential nominee. Santorum was last among a list of potential GOP White House hopefuls listed in the survey.

Still, due in part to his strong opposition to abortion rights, Santorum remains popular with many socially conservative voters who have long had an influential role in the GOP primary process.

–CNN Political Producers Peter Hamby and Alex Mooney contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2010 • 2012 • Iowa • Rick Santorum • South Carolina
soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. S. in California Laughing In Anticipation Of How Well Democrats Turnout At The Polls

    First of all remind me AGAIN. Who is he?

    Today is Thursday, October 21, 2010 and the republicans STILL haven't found an answer to Obama.

    October 21, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  2. Gary in San Diego

    YES .... fecal matter boy is back!

    October 21, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  3. Larry

    "Santorum back to Iowa and South Carolina" should say back to the sanitarium. What a piece of dreck this guy is.

    October 21, 2010 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  4. stufthis

    He registered low single digits with the republican voters. Imagine how he resonates with independents and democrats. I think his strong anti abortion stance is not going to do him any good with women, unless, he himself gives birth.

    October 21, 2010 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  5. Minnesotan

    "Frothy" Rick Santorum and "Missing in Action" Tim Pawlenty have great careers ahead in GOP Headquarters: They'll undoubtedly be the best urinal cleaners ever!

    October 21, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  6. Jacob

    the amount of hate this guy spews will take his political career NOWHERE!

    October 21, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    "Hey liberals, spit the kool aid out. Take a shot of vodka and man up. His job doesn't pay enough to make millions on investments. Join the real world and quit being mental babies. For Pete's sake !!!"

    Hey, retard, spit out the zombie talking points. Take a dose of reality and wake up. Reid made a whole buttload of cash as a very successful lawyer before he ever set foot in the congressional chambers. That is where his money comes from. The reality is, you've bought Angle's subtext hook line and sinker SOLELY because you want to believe it. She's not waging class warfare, she is CLEARLY running the ads attacking Reid's wealth in a manner that is clearly intended to make the viewer to believe that there's something fishy...that he simply must have done a whole bunch of corrupt things to get so rich while just earning a Senator's salary...all without coming right out and saying that's what she's actually accusing him of: getting rich by taking bribes under the table and doing other corrupt things for which THERE IS NO EVIDENCE. She's doing it for two reasons: (a) Reid brought up his humble roots at one of the debates and she feels she can't let him characterize himself as just a regular guy who worked hard to make it and (b) there are myriad idiots out there who will hear her dogwhistling of corruption allegations and construct their own delusional conspiracy theory to support and rationalize the belief that he got rich by abusing his congressional power.

    October 21, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  8. macguysea

    Santorum is one of the most divisive people in Congress. Someone like this does not deserve any votes whatsoever. He will likely appeal to middle American where people will vote for him because they don't know better or are less than educated....

    October 21, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  9. Republicans is smart in the head area

    He's a terrible candidate and would never make it to the Presidency. Think he's trying to raise his national profile in the hopes that a Republican will win in 2012 and he'll be in line for a cabinet or administration post. He sure as hell isn't going to win any elections any time soon.

    October 21, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  10. Chipster

    Rick Santorum? The word "hypocrite" springs to mind. He advocates capping medical malpractice awards while moving into a VA home worth $757,000 dollars, most of which came from a lawsuit that he and his wife filed against her doctor! He charged Pennsylvania about $100,000 for cyber-schooling his children when he didn't actually live in PA. He owned a home that he merely visited occasionally to maintain an address. Sleazy jerk!

    October 21, 2010 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  11. independent

    Yashwanth Manjunath's diary :: ::
    According to a personalized letter signed by Charles Koch their priorities include battling "climate change alarmism and the move to socialized health care," as well as "the regulatory assault on energy." I’m sure the concerns of the Koch brothers have everything to do with their sincere desire to protect America’s free market principles and nothing to do with the fact that they run the largest privately-held oil company in the country (*wink*). Either way, the Koch brothers are perfectly free to express their political opinions freely and are not encumbered by any ethical obligations to the American people. Unfortunately, though, not everyone who attended their past events has that same level of political freedom.

    It turns out that past guests at these Koch-sponsored events include Supreme Court justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas.

    ...
    Of course this situation is further complicated by the recent Supreme Court decision in Citizens United, which overturned existing campaign finance laws by ruling that corporations could spend unlimited amounts of money on federal elections. The result of the decision is that outside groups with corporate interests have flooded Republican races with millions of dollars. Among these outside groups is Americans for Prosperity, a conservative group started by David Koch, which has spent about $5.5 million in key House battlegrounds with ads that don’t mention candidates but criticize Obama’s policies.

    I believe this could be grounds for impeachment.

    October 21, 2010 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  12. Voice of Reason

    Can we just set ALL the presidential primaries to the same day? I'm sick of seeing every two-bit politician in the land make repeated trips to Iowa and New Hampshire over and over to pander to a bunch of hicks in overalls and 'John Deere' hats (no offiense to the good people in IA and NH, but jeez c'mon! What about the rest of us?).

    October 21, 2010 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  13. Voice of Reason

    The fact that this is the head of a PAC that is taking unlimited anonymous donations from corporate coffers with no accountability or requirement for disclosure should 1. preclude him from EVER being a candidate for ANYTHING, and 2. cast ervery word coming out of his mouth into a glaring blaze of suspicion. It is unlikely that this guy is either honest or impartial when he's getting paid $$Millions$$ to do neither.

    October 21, 2010 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  14. stufthis

    Bush borrowed from China to finance his tax cuts, wars, drug programs, and bank bail out.

    October 21, 2010 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  15. Independent In NY

    Haaaaaaaaaa Haaaaaaaaaa HHaaaaaaaaaaa !!!!!!!! Best joke I've heard all week!!

    October 21, 2010 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  16. moogie

    @macguysea – You have no clue what you're talking about calling mid America un educated. Maybe you should take a look at the statistics. Many Midwestern states are always ranked towards the top. Then look at California who is always ranked below 40th. No one will vote for Santorum except for a small minority. Right now there is no one in the Republican party that can bring the party together to compete against Obama.

    October 21, 2010 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |