Santorum makes hire, heads back to Iowa
February 22nd, 2011
08:41 AM ET
3 years ago

Santorum makes hire, heads back to Iowa

Washington (CNN) - A former senior producer and guest host of Bill Bennett's "Morning in America" is joining Rick Santorum's political action committee.

The former senator from Pennsylvania and probable 2012 Republican presidential hopeful announced Tuesday that Seth Leibsohn will serve as a senior advisor for policy for his political action committee, America's Foundation, assisting the PAC and Santorum on policy matters and manage speechwriting.

"I've gotten to know Seth well over the last few years and have been impressed with his depth of knowledge on the diverse challenges our nation faces as well as his commitment to conservative principles," says Santorum in an e-mail release.

Leibsohn is a writer, editor, communications expert and a senior partner with Leibsohn & Associates, a consulting firm based in the nation's capitol.

He was a vice president of Empower America, a conservative group founded by Bennett. Leibshohn served as chief of staff to Bennett, as well as working on the former education secretary's popular national syndicated radio show.

Santorum is heading back to Iowa on Thursday. According to an aide, Santorum will meet with several activists groups and take part in some statewide media interviews. Iowa plays a crucial role in the race for the White House, as its caucuses traditionally kick off the presidential primary and caucus season.

Since last summer Santorum's made numerous trips to Iowa, New Hampshire - which holds the nation's first primary - and South Carolina - which has first southern contest.

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

If Santorum formally jumps into the race for the White House, he could face a potentially crowded field of candidates, including a string of better funded opponents with larger national political operations.

Polls over the past six months indicate that Santorum registers in the low single digits nationally 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.

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soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Seattle Sue

    No matter who this weasel hires, he will never be President.

    February 22, 2011 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  2. diridi

    what is a big deal in Iowa??? for corn picking?????nonsense....tell to uneducated ones...over there, in Iowa, Ohio, and old coots in Florida....they listen....o.k, this guy is an idiot...o.k...

    February 22, 2011 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  3. Charlie in Maine

    After the way they have been behaving the last 10-15 years I would not vote for a cog-ctcher who had an "R" next o his/her name. The party of NO has gone too far.

    February 22, 2011 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  4. Charlie in Maine

    Or a Dog-Catcher either

    February 22, 2011 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  5. rusty155

    I don't think It madder who the Republican Presidential hopeful Is, If the Republican keep trying too bust of the people Union. It the people right for Collective Bargaining. The Republican GOV. does not have the right too force them too give It up If they don't want too. I would say you Republican are losing a lot of vote for 2012 right now. Not only In Wisconsin but In ever state in America. Your second chance Is slipping a way. You Republican are letting The Tea Party( koch's Brother) making the Republican look really dumb. Some one In the Republican Party need two grow a sets and stand up too the Tea Party. Or KISS YOUR CHANCES IN 2012 go away.

    February 22, 2011 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  6. king

    why these repugs want to take from the demand sector and give to the supply sector. how the hell capitalism going to work then. which corporation is going to invest in a dwindling middle class sector, where their is no chance of selling their high end items. all these money the repugs are taking from the middle class and the poor and giving to the rich. is futile because now the big corporations realize their is no money left for the middle class to spend and buy their product so they are going to leave and find somewhere here or abroad where demand money is plentiful. how the hell can a economy run on the supply side of the capitalism system, demand fools that how economy runs. you tea baggers and repugs keep on taking the money from the demand sector and pushing it to the supply sector, while the country is heading for a future collapsto a future of collaps. when will they learn that trikle down economy dont work in a global economy.

    February 22, 2011 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  7. indyreader

    As if it hasn't been obvious for years now that Santorum is delusional,... now he's spending money on a completely futile effort to get elected to something way, WAY above his capabilities? Geesh, the sense of entitlement reactionary regressive conservatives have just astounds me.

    February 22, 2011 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  8. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    He's running. I don't know how far he will get since he didn't get re-elected in PA. Part of his problem in getting re-elected was that he didn't actually support PA. His kids were there and he spent most of his time in DC.

    February 22, 2011 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  9. blowhard

    Santorum is a creep out of the Bill Bennet School of Pretend Conservatives. He's yet another in a long line of wannabees whose ambition vastly exceeds his talent. He, along with the Romney's, the Gingrich's, the Huckleberry's and all of the other pretenders should be put out to pasture. Let's find someone who want to save this dying nation.

    February 22, 2011 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  10. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Hey, Rick, remember how the people from Pennsylvania sent you packing? Apparently you weren't listening.

    February 22, 2011 10:51 am at 10:51 am |