More signals Santorum is preparing for a White House run
January 5th, 2011
10:52 AM ET
3 years ago

More signals Santorum is preparing for a White House run

More signals from Rick Santorum that he's gearing up for a run for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.

A source close to the former senator from Pennsylvania confirms to CNN that later Wednesday Santorum will announced that he's bringing on board one of the top GOP political strategists in New Hampshire, a state that plays a crucial role in the race for the White House. Santorum will also next week make another visit to the state, which traditionally holds in nation's first primary in the presidential calendar.

The operative is Mike Biundo, who most recently steered Republican Frank Guinta's successful campaign for mayor of Manchester, the state's largest city, and this past autumn's winning campaign for Congress. Word of Biundo's hiring and the trip to the Granite State was first reported earlier Wednesday by John Distaso, senior political reporter for the New Hampshire Union Leader.

The source confirms to CNN that Biundo will serve as the state director for "America's Foundation," Santorum's political action committee. The former senator is expected to say that he's "thrilled to have Mike a part of our team. His experience and knowledge will be invaluable in New Hampshire."

Santorum's expected to appear at an event next Tuesday for conservative activist and 2010 GOP senate candidate Ovide Lamontagne's new political action committee, followed by two stops later that day and the following day.

Santorum's made trips to New Hampshire, Iowa, and South Carolina following the midterm elections. Iowa and South Carolina also play prominent roles in the road to the White House: Iowa's caucuses kick off the presidential primary and caucus season and South Carolina holds the first southern primary.

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

If Santorum formally jumps into the race, he 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 (28 Responses)
  1. A disgusted former Republican

    Another republican has been who has forgotten why he is a former Senator. What's with these republican idiots?

    January 5, 2011 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  2. Dave

    Sure... Go ahead and run... You only lost your last election by 18 points. Obama will whip you even worse.

    January 5, 2011 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  3. MikeB59

    He plans to ride that "No man on dog marraige" platform all the way to the Whitehouse. This guy couldn't win re-election to the Senate and wouldn't carry his own state, yet he thinks he can be President.

    January 5, 2011 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  4. Al-NY,NY

    Who to choose from???? The Alaskan nitwit, the Minnesota space cadet, or this religious zealot? Obama would wipe the floor with any of them.

    January 5, 2011 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  5. Margaret Irwin

    No! Not Santorum again!!! New Hampshire, Iowa, and the rest of the elctorate need to take a lesson from Pennsylvania voters: Get rid of him!

    January 5, 2011 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  6. Lynda/Minnesota

    Seems to be quite a lot of GOPer PAC panhandling on the ticker this new year. Wonder how many fools have already lightened their pocketbooks to help fund those candiates who have added themselves to the list of presidential *I haven't decided yet if I'll run for president or not* hopefuls?

    January 5, 2011 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  7. James Brooklyn N.Y.

    The republicans must be desperate to even think this guy can run the country.
    Oh wait they think Palin can too so I guess he meets their IQ test.

    January 5, 2011 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  8. Indy

    Dosen't he have anything better to do like laundry or dishes........what a joke, like he has any chance whatsoever. Another Republican that has brain cramps all day long.Every possible Republican candidate is an absolute joke and waste of time, energy and money with a slight exception for Mitts

    January 5, 2011 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  9. grrace

    Go ahead Santorum...waste your time.

    January 5, 2011 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  10. Rushin

    "More signals from Rick Santorum that he's gearing up for a run for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination"-Ia he sure? So, there must be a groundswell support for him all over America or Am I dreaming? This guy in the senate was disaster and has nothing to offer but misery during this troubled times.

    January 5, 2011 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  11. D

    He'd better fix this "google problem" before kicking that campaign off!

    January 5, 2011 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  12. LovesIrony

    Ricky, go google yourself. This is what people think of you!

    January 5, 2011 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  13. Joe

    Great, just what the country needs. Another religious wacko running for president.

    January 5, 2011 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  14. Joe

    This guy was soundly rejected by his home state when he tried to get re-elected as Senator, largely because his ideas are so far out of the main stream. How does he think he can get enough support nationwide to be president?

    January 5, 2011 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  15. Katie

    Ah, another republican also-ran loser. Even PA didn't want this creep, what makes him think he stands a chance in a national election.

    Why don't the republicans nominate a serious candidate, not clowns like gingrich, bachmann, palin and santorum. They're making Obama's reelection look more like a sure thing every day.

    January 5, 2011 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  16. Was Buf,. Now Was.

    With more santorum on the Republican ticket, things could get sticky, and messy, for us all...

    But in all seriousness, could there be anything better for Democrats than Barbour/Santorum/Palin in '12? I can see the blue sweep from my house.

    January 5, 2011 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  17. LeeCMH

    Rick "man-on-dog" Santorum running for pres? Forget jobs or the economy and get ready for Christian culture wars. Wonder if he'd attempt create a theocratic state?

    January 5, 2011 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  18. ~~ JULY ~~ ( Palin is the new Paris Hilton )

    I can tell you he is NOT going to win ... how? by the way he looks. Just look at him. HE does not have the 'look' ... don't know what he has done or plans to run on ... but he is wasting his time and ours.

    January 5, 2011 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  19. gt

    not going to happen.... if you cant win your own state you cant win..ask al gore

    January 5, 2011 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  20. Jay

    The former two-term senator lost his 2006 re-election bid by 18 points to Democrat Bob Casey Jr. and was largely out of public view for a couple of years, except for appearances on Fox News.

    Rick Santorum who? Oh, another nothing pretending to be a contender to defeat President Obama.

    January 5, 2011 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  21. Eric

    Hell, he wasn't even popular enough in PA to be re-elected to a second term. Now he wants to try for the top job? He's just another sad, delusional 'conservative'.

    On a related note, Sen. Toomey should take a lesson that PA voters might inadvertently send a fresh 'conservative' Republican into office only to be profoundly disappointed.

    January 5, 2011 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  22. mike

    thats what we need is another bush in the white house if this idiot were to be put in to office we will be holding bible pray meetings in every school in this country this pin head was a nut bag when he was a senator and now he wants to be president he is just another radical bible thumping moron that thinks everyone in this real world thinks his way he calls himself a christian but will go to war in a heart beat

    January 5, 2011 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  23. geecee

    Excellent – maybe he and Bachman can run together. He's crazy and she's nuts. They would make a good team.

    January 5, 2011 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  24. Readbetweenthelines

    Good luck. Doesn't matter how bad Obama is these last two years, America will NEVER elect another social conservative. The general electorate will never vote for a person that wants to legislate our morals. This guys also looks like he is wound tigher than a swiss watch, which won't help people warm up to him. Still better than Palin...................

    January 5, 2011 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  25. Louisiana Man

    To quote idoit bush–

    "BRING EM ON"!!

    Then we can see who how much fun the 'deferment king' rush limbaugh can muster up degrading and maligning the GOP presidential line up as he did in for the Dems in bush's mid year.

    January 5, 2011 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
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