Santorum "showing up" in early states
December 10th, 2010
10:52 AM ET
4 years ago

Santorum "showing up" in early states

(CNN) - If 80 percent of success is showing up, as Woody Allen once said, then success may be coming Rick Santorum's way.

Santorum, a former senator from Pennsylvania, is one of the most frequent fliers when it comes to the roster of possible 2012 GOP presidential hopefuls.

Santourum heads to Iowa next week, which follows recent trips to New Hampshire and South Carolina. All three states, of course, play prominent roles in the road to the White House.

Friday, the spokeswoman for Santorum's political action committee says he will meet on Wednesday, December 15 with members of the Quad City Tea Party to "share his views on fiscal, national security and social issues," in addition to several private meetings with activists and party leaders.

This will be Santorum's eighth visit to Iowa over the past 14 months. His recent visit to New Hampshire was his seventh since April, and he's made seven to South Carolina in the same time period.

Iowa's caucuses kick off the presidential primary and caucus season. New Hampshire hold's the nation's first primary and South Carolina holds the first southern primary.

The former two-term senator lost his 2006 re-election bid by 18 points and was largely out of public view since then except for appearances on Fox News. But Santorum made numerous visits across the campaign trail in the months leading up to this year's midterm elections, lending a helping hand to fellow Republicans running for office.

Earlier this fall, 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.

If he eventually decides next year to make a bid for the presidency, Santorum could face a potentially crowded field of candidates, including a string of better funded opponents with larger national political operations.

Recent polls indicate that Santorum registers in the low single digits among Republican voters when it comes to the choice for their party's next presidential nominee. 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 Producer Peter Hamby contributed to this report

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soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. amy

    LOLZ! Rick Santorum. Funny stuff.

    December 10, 2010 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  2. bw

    i hope he runs. self hating homosexuals pretending to be bible pounders always make for great soundbites.

    December 10, 2010 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  3. NVa Native

    Yuck. This guy is creepy and stupid.

    December 10, 2010 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  4. mesamick

    This guy is a putz of the highest order...Anybody that even thinks he's POTUS material are as foolish, uneducated and delusional as the followers of Sister Sarah...

    December 10, 2010 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  5. Pretzel Logic

    Should Santorum run, he would be tied with John Bolton in the polls – with "less than 1%".

    December 10, 2010 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  6. T'sah from Virginia

    He does not look presidential. Also, I NEVER heard him speak... Can he TALK?

    He's in the media in a different way! He may be planting the seeds that NO ONE realizes may BLOSSOM and surpass every other RepubliCAN'T trying to run!!! But it does not matter because Obama 2012!!!

    December 10, 2010 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  7. PalmReader

    Hey, GOPers, y'all might as well give it up now while you are still ahead. Didn't y'all hear? Our Sarah is on headed on to Haiti for her Goodwill Tour, and then overseas she'll be going to get herself some Foreign experience. By the time she returns, her supporters will be in such orgasmic ecstasy over her every tweet she'll be leaving y'all high and dry with that media thingy she does so well.

    December 10, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  8. Dave

    LOL! This idiot lost his last election by 18 points! Get real, Santorum. Combined with your whacko, right-wing ideology and your holier-than-thou religious views, it's pretty obvious to most people that you wouldn't be elected dog-catcher!

    December 10, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  9. F Hoefle

    Santorum – only the latest in a string of Republican assholes who thinks he has all the answers, but really has no idea what the questions are. In this nation of idiots, his chances are pretty good.

    December 10, 2010 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |