Santorum to make first stop in Nevada
April 5th, 2011
08:31 AM ET
3 years ago

Santorum to make first stop in Nevada

(CNN) - The man who is arguably the most frequent flyer of the early stages of the battle for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination is making his first visit this cycle to Nevada.

Former Sen. Rick Santorum will head to Reno, Nevada Thursday to headline a fundraiser for the Washoe County Republican Party, a Santorum aide tells CNN. The former senator and probable 2012 Republican White House hopeful will also headline Republican events in Denver, Colorado and California on his western swing.

Santorum's made numerous trips to Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina since November's midterm elections, but this will be his first visit to Nevada, which, along with the other three states, holds a contest in the first month of next year's presidential primary and caucus season. As of now, Nevada's caucuses, scheduled for next February 18, go third in the road to the White House, following Iowa and New Hampshire and just before South Carolina, according to a calendar approved by the national Republican and Democratic parties.

While Democratic presidential candidates flocked to Nevada in the 2008 election primary season, the state was an afterthought for Republicans. But the Nevada GOP is hoping that it will be a different story this time around. While Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina are getting most of the traffic, some Republican president hopefuls are making stops in Nevada. Former Massachusetts Gov. and 2008 GOP White House hopeful Mitt Romney was there on Saturday, and Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour visited last month.

If Santorum formally jumps into the presidential race, he could face a string of better funded opponents with larger national political operations.

Polls over the past year 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. But, 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 (17 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    Mr. Santorum might be the least damaged goods for the GOP. Let's see how long that will last when he tries to win over some of the GOP base. I believe he will over the base, by not offering up full throat endorsements that others have. Like Mr. Trump for example. Mr. Santorum must survive the first few rounds of candidate infighting, which I think he can easily do. All he has to do is keep his head down below fire line.

    Santorum is my current pick to be on the GOP ticket as VP, if not the outright nominee. We all things change.

    April 5, 2011 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  2. Bob

    Rick, feel free to stop in at the Bellagio. They are hiring valet parking guys. Tell them that a PA voter with a long, clear memory of your inept years of "serving" us in the US Senate sent you.

    April 5, 2011 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  3. LovesIrony

    He lost his senate seat by 18% points, yet this blockhead still doesn't get it. People do not want your hateful ways in their government.

    April 5, 2011 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  4. rusty155

    I just don't understand why he want to waste his money Is has no chance of Winning.

    April 5, 2011 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  5. T'sah from Virginia

    [Santorum to make first stop in Nevada]
    First stop “this cycle” just ‘cause he gotta?
    This Cycle? – What Cycle? doesn’t this man “get it”
    I know the people do because he polls in “low single digits”

    All of these wannabes got a lot of nerve
    Running for an office that they have to PROVE they deserve
    So far all you hear is a bunch of confusion and pollution
    Rhetoric, false hope, hatred and NO solutions!!!

    April 5, 2011 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  6. Mark

    Here's an idea: get a job. Quit "running" for an office you have no chance of winning.

    April 5, 2011 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  7. rick

    Santorum,"Can,t wait to hit the "crap tables" Thats what he wants to play if he is POTUS? If that,"nightmare" would ever happen, the new Camp David--Las Vegas and Wallstreet? Think about that one? I,m sure he is very Knowledgable in that Area?

    April 5, 2011 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  8. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Just as our country is FINALLY getting back to good health, nuts like this guy want to drag us back to the Bush days. Anyone who votes for the GOP is a MORON!

    April 5, 2011 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  9. Rudy NYC

    Mr. Santorum, show some courage and be the first to throw your hat into the ring. It may make you the early target when the in fighting starts, but you can use it to your advantage of it. Ignore it. Stay on whatever message you come with. You do have a message, as in long term vision message. Right? Not yet? Come one, man. I need you to win this.

    April 5, 2011 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  10. Name king

    These repug ideologies are getting redundant as the days past. First they bitch about the constitution, then they bitch about the fed trying the terrorist in the country, they claim this was an act of war. If this is the case, why didnt we declare war on the Saudies since that where most of the terrorist came from. How can you declare war on a mind frame, or a point of view by using the constitution. This is very confusing. Only the right winged lunatics can come up with justifications like this, since they think, facts and logics are their enemies, these people committed a crime on American soil as none military, and should be treated as so in the eyes of the international community, if we want to lead the world both economically and morally, but these ultra scary people, and the repugs abilities to exalt those fears, leave our country in a very precarious position, since we have a three branch government, and not a dictatorship.

    April 5, 2011 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  11. indydave

    Just what we need – another unapologetic Dominionist in office – bearing down hard to drive us back into the Victorian era, directly against the core principle that US law must above all else, treat all citizens equally. This man is dangerously stupid.

    April 5, 2011 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  12. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Santorum failed in his re-election bid years ago because he wasn't really living in PA and neither his children. They were in some private school in VA or DC. He doesn't seem truly concerned with the welfare of the country; only a conservative blowhard.

    April 5, 2011 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  13. Bulet498

    I would not vote for this man if he was runn\ning against himself , and I am from Pennsylvania

    April 5, 2011 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  14. Russ

    Let's see go to Reno? Right, because he knows Las Vegas would laugh him out of the state. The hick bible thumping morons are all up north in Washoe County. It's about the only place he could feel wanted in NV. Please don't stay long you will wear out your welcome even up there.

    April 5, 2011 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  15. Obamacare = Romneycare v1.01

    Rick reminds me of one of those travelling medicine men from the Old West.

    I imagine what he is trying to sell us is just as effective as those elixirs from days of yore too.

    April 5, 2011 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  16. DIANA

    Just don't tell them to Google your name- Santorum and they'll get all of the information they need on you. Just keep catering to your base, the rest of us don't want the government in our doctors office and California doesn't want you here either.

    April 5, 2011 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  17. mb2010a

    Former Sen. Rick Santorum is a Catholic, strike one; has seven kids, strike two; and is against abortion rights, strike three. His latest rant about abortion being the cause of Social Security's problems is one strike too many. Besides, we can't afford to add extra bedrooms onto the White House should be win. Can you say LOSER...? (Not #WINNING)

    April 5, 2011 10:56 am at 10:56 am |