Santorum to make third visit to Iowa
February 8th, 2011
03:17 PM ET
3 years ago

Santorum to make third visit to Iowa

Washington (CNN) - Republican 2012 hopefuls continue making the trek to Iowa. Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum will visit the state on March 26th, his third trip there since the midterm elections. Santorum will address the Conservative Principles Conference in Des Moines.

"I am looking forward to this opportunity to share my views with conservative activists from across Iowa and discuss how we can best tackle the economic, national security and cultural challenges our country is facing," Santorum said in a statement.

Santorum will be joining a number of other prominent conservatives at the event, which will include panel discussions and an evening banquet. Republican Sen. Jim DeMint, South Carolina, is scheduled to make the keynote address. DeMint recently told National Review Online that he hadn't ruled out a 2012 bid.

"I would have to feel a strong pull from people all over the country," DeMint told the website. "Again, it's not something that, right now, appears to be in my future."

The Conservative Principles Conference is organized by a political action committee established by Iowa Congressman Steve King, a Republican.

According to a spokesman for the group, invitations to several potential Republican presidential candidates have been sent, and the group is hoping to book as many frontrunners as they can.

Texas Republican Rep. Ron Paul has already declined an invitation due to a scheduling conflict.


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soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. NVa Native

    Bring out the horse and pony .... er ... dog on man show.

    February 8, 2011 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  2. Refascistican

    He's wasting his time. He won't win the Iowa primary.

    February 8, 2011 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  3. Scott in Atlanta

    Pooor pooor little Ricky... Ole Sean Hannity has got poor little Ricky thinking that he seriously has a shot... Poor little Ricky Sanitarium...

    February 8, 2011 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  4. Maeve

    Rick Santorum was a disaster in Pennsylvania and frankly we're glad to see him go to some other state or even some other country, permanently. Santorum is not what our country needs right now, he has overestimated his abilities. Clearly, he is a legend in his own mind.

    February 8, 2011 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  5. S. In California

    "I am looking forward to this opportunity to share my views with conservative activists from across Iowa and discuss how we can best tackle the economic, national security and cultural challenges our country is facing," Santorum said in a statement.

    So, Sanatorium is dreaming again.

    February 8, 2011 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    Steve King? That dude almost gievs Santorum a run for his money in the crazytalk department. Seriously...his blatant foaming-at-the-mouth bigotry would complement Santorum's krischun nashun nincompoopery perfectly.

    February 8, 2011 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  7. Valerie from Raleigh

    I saw Rick Santorum in action a few years ago. A women in Florida had been in a coma for several years and determined brain-dead by her doctors and her husband wanted to stop the feeding tubes and let her go However, the Republicans, President Bush, his brother Geb, then governor of Florida, Rick Santorum and others said she must remain on feeding tubes and insisted she was not brain dead and convinced her grieving parents that she could be helped. In one TV segment, Santorum drove up to the nursing home were she was a patient, did not go inside to see her but went directly to the waiting news cameras to insist
    that she could be helped and, after his appearance on TV, got back into his limo and sped away. He never went into the nursing home or spoke to her doctors. Finally the husband won the right to remove the feeding and she died a few days later. Her husband had an autopsy performed and, not only was she brain-dead, but a portion of her brain was simply gone. Never any appology from former president Bush, his brother Jeb or attention-wanting Santorum. The idea of this man anywhere near the White House causes me heartburn.

    February 8, 2011 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  8. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Republicans always say they have the solutions to "tackle" various issues but we never hear one but we do hear complaining, campaigning and new word for no which is repeal. Nothing about jobs, absolutely nothing.

    February 8, 2011 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  9. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Santorum should stay in Iowa, and tackle those cultural issues that appear to be the number one priority of republicans. Although, I am told that yogurt has more culture than Santorum.

    February 8, 2011 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  10. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Remember, it was the fiscal conservative republicans who sent us to the brink of a great depression. With their unfunded tax cuts, unfunded wars, unfunded drug programs, unfunded TARP program, they put us on the road to a third world country.

    February 8, 2011 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  11. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    When Bush cut taxes, he said if we had a surplus, that that money belonged to the people and should be returned. When the repubs doubled the national debt and created a huge deficit and there was no more money, the repubs said we needed tax cuts, all in the name of fiscal responsibility?

    February 8, 2011 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  12. D. Bunker

    It's Howdy-Doody Time! Man, it would be great if he could team up somehow with the Bachmann-Palin Overdrive tour.

    February 8, 2011 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  13. once upon a horse

    this guy is FAR too extreme to be the POTUS although I'm sure he has some supporters out there as well. And since he went to the "Rush Limbaugh School of bringing up the president's race" when trying to make a point, he has even fallen to the depts of being racist along with being far right extremist. Sorry but to me that's a very BAD combination. You can disagree with the president without having to bring up his race in doing so. The right wing loves to say that if you disagree with Obama you're called a racist. Not true. When you disagree with Obama and have to bring up his race in your disagreement like Santorum did then it IS racist.

    February 8, 2011 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  14. larry

    Santorum knows he can't win but Newt has showed them that it's about the money...the more you pretend to run then you don't have to work. Newt has made a living doing this

    February 8, 2011 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    Let's see...Steve King....

    wanted to ban bilingual ballots
    get rid of birthright citizenship
    defended lobbyists and said "soeone has to satnd up for" them
    said gay people wouldn't face discrimination "if they didn't wear their sexuality on their sleeve"
    claimed the Pigford Settlement was fraudulent and called it "slavery reparations"
    said "Al Qaeda will be dancing in the streets" if "Hussein Obama" wins the election
    demanded a "blood oath" from Boehner that he would try to shut down the government by including a repeal of the ACA in every single appropriations bill proposed this year
    supports the idea of reviving the House Internal Security Committee, the 60′s-era successor to the McCarthyite House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC)
    believes that Congress should be used to enforce a certain vision of American culture (i.e., social conservatism) in order to fix the economy, saying "It isn’t the economy at all. It is the culture. If you get the culture right, you’ll get the economy right. Everything will fall into place automatically"
    and my personal favorite, he called the lame duck last fall a "session of spite" in an epic tantrum of irrational projection of his own and his party's own behavior onto others

    Getting the picture? Dude's NUTS....but this is preciselyk the kind of person the Teatards and right wing extremists are running around trying to get elected.

    February 8, 2011 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  16. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    It would be more appropriate for Ayatollah Santorum to visit Iran–and stay there. His sort of my-religion-or-else would-be theocracy would fit right in over there.

    February 8, 2011 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  17. Marie MD

    Do these people have a life? A job? It must be nice to be wasting your time (rick you are NOT going to win anything) traveling all over the US while so many Americans, real Americans, are without jobs and health insurance and basically no money.

    February 8, 2011 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |