Santorum getting ready to throw hat into ring
May 24th, 2011
09:51 AM ET
4 years ago

Santorum getting ready to throw hat into ring

(CNN) – Rick Santorum is making preparations to formally declare his candidacy for president, a source close to the former senator from Pennsylvania told CNN.

Santorum will make a major announcement regarding his plans for the GOP presidential nomination the week of June 5 and the source added that Santorum is committed to participate in the first Republican presidential debate in New Hampshire. That event, which is co-hosted by CNN, WMUR-TV and the New Hampshire Union Leader, takes place June 13 at Saint Anselm College.

Santorum is arguably the most frequent flyer in the battle for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination. His trip to Iowa last weekend was his 15th to the state that kicks off the presidential primary and caucus calendar since 2009.

In the same period of time, he also made 16 trips to New Hampshire, which holds the first primary, and 14 to South Carolina, the first southern state to vote in the road to the White House.

Late last year Santorum started building up staff in these crucial early voting states. On May 3 he announced the formation of a presidential exploratory committee, filing papers with the Federal Election Commission. Two days later he participated in the first GOP presidential debate, in Greenville, South Carolina.

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.

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. Earlier this spring, Santorum made headlines by winning a much-watched straw poll at the Greenville County, South Carolina Republican convention.

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soundoff (45 Responses)
  1. Gon Zo

    "much-watched straw poll at the Greenville County, South Carolina Republican convention". Do you have any idea how pathetic this phrase is?

    May 24, 2011 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  2. Todd

    Anyone who thinks the economy will tank Obama has to remember, Obama was elected during the Great Recession, and while recovery is slow, it is there, and he stopped the coming of the Second Great Depression. No, he is not perfect, I have serious questions with his handling DADT, and I think he blundered when he said Israel should retreat to it's 1967 borders. But I look at the GOP field, and I see a bunch of people who want to terminate Medicare so the rich can become a little richer, or terminate Planned Parenthood despite all the good it does for the poor and for women, stop all Climate change legislation, stop all stem cell research, halt the march of gay rights, and in general, screw over the middle class so the wealthiest can have additional tax breaks. Heck, even Ron Reagan would have been too liberal to get the GOP nomination today. He did raise taxes, you know.

    May 24, 2011 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  3. A disgusted former Republican

    Santorum is all about preparation; Preparation H!

    May 24, 2011 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  4. Kenny K

    @GSmith:
    The unemploment percentage (%) may not be in favor of President Obama, however, if Republicans do not not offer solutions, he will be re-elected. For instance, Republicans mentioned "JOB" so many times for 2010 election, but no solution has been put forward since they took over the House. Democrats will let people know that Republicans do not have solution for it either even after they made it their platform in 2010 election.

    May 24, 2011 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  5. Just Me

    Does he really thinks he has a chance in hell? Somebody needs to grab him by the shoulders and shake some sense into him.

    May 24, 2011 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  6. sean

    Ahh yes, this would be the man who said John Mccain didn't know anything about torture, that sums it up right there

    May 24, 2011 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  7. GI Joe

    oHHHHH goodie – pictures of the "whole" family, I'm sure. (you know what I mean).

    May 24, 2011 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  8. Mauve

    Rick Santorum getting ready to throw hat into ring
    Are you kidding?
    Is that the beanie hat with the little propeller on it? The man is an idiot, ask anyone who lives in Pennsylvania. He couldn't win reelection and now he is deciding to run for President of the United States? This is just another joke from the Republicans...Good one!

    May 24, 2011 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  9. NVa Native

    This guy is the perfect poster boy for all that is WRONG about the majority of the current Republican Party.
    And why the Republican Party is WRONG for America.

    May 24, 2011 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  10. Tony in Maine

    He doesn't want it any more?

    May 24, 2011 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  11. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I have to say that Santorum lost for many reasons. One was that he appeared to not to have any concern for the residents of PA. He didn't have his kids in school there. What does that say about him being president? Would he move his kids out of the country?

    May 24, 2011 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  12. Luke Brown

    Another guy who has done nothing, but thinks he should be the next leader of the Free World.. Even the voters of his own state threw him out of office.

    May 24, 2011 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  13. 'merica ruined by rethugs

    Pretty Ricky the knuckle dragging neanderthal needs to man up and throw his hat in already. Of course his hat will be handed to him as he couldn't even come within 15 pts of re-election in PA.....
    This crop of GOP "hopefuls" is absolutely hilarious!

    May 24, 2011 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  14. Mark

    Throw your hat in the ring, Rick. You were ousted in PA and you'll be ousted as a candidate. Nice way to waste money.

    May 24, 2011 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  15. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    People need to read Santorum's bio, it ain't pretty. This guy will throw a baby under the bus and turn around and blame the baby. You don't get the kind of character that Santorum has by being Republican or Democrat, it goes further and deeper than that, he's unfit.

    May 24, 2011 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  16. John

    While one more Idiot for the Circus of clown. People are getting to know It as the Republican Circus. The Circus that don't Listen To what American people want. And that Is they don't want any part of the Paul Ryan Plan. You Republican may as well and add Saran Palin And Michele Bachmann, so all the clowns will be there. Plus these two are the biggest clown of all, we all like a good Joke. Beside the Tea Party all ready make fool of the Republican Party, and you just sit there and let them. So you deserve what you get, And that less seat In the House and Senate In 2012.

    May 24, 2011 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  17. Sniffit

    "I think you have to agree that no one really took Obama seriously either"

    No I don't. He was pretty much matching Clinton in fundraising by late April 2007. From an article around that time:

    "Sen. Barack Obama raised at least $25 million for his presidential campaign in the first quarter of the year [2007], nearly matching Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's record-setting total and making it all but certain that Democrats will face a costly and protracted battle for their party's nomination."

    Two words: record setting. He nearly matched a record setting total set by the heir-apparent Dem candidate. I'd call that pretty serious. Revisionist history and wishful thinking won't save the GOP.

    "if the economy is anemic, gas is over $3, and unemployment is over 8%, Obama will be very vulnerable."

    I agree. But vulnerable to WHOM and to WHAT?? The GOP is certainly doing everything it can to assure that those statistics are in place for 2012, but they haven't done much of anything assuring that they have a viable, believeable, charismatic candidate with concrete ideas instead of just regurgitated ideological platitudes and debunked economic theory to spew at us.

    May 24, 2011 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  18. Only Logic

    Rick, Rick, Rick. You were a failure as a senator. So what makes you think you'd make a viable presidential candidate? Maybe that's the way politics works in your world, but it's much different in the real world. In this circus of GOP presidential wannabes, you're another clown climbing out of the the itty bitty car.

    May 24, 2011 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  19. Rudy NYC

    Todd wrote:
    ...and I think he blundered when he said Israel should retreat to it's 1967 borders.....
    ---------------------–
    He never said that. His words have been grossly misrepresented. Presidents before Obama have used that same concept has a starting point, NOT the end point. Nothing has changed. It is still the same old battle; Israel's "Right to Exist" versus Palestine's "Right of Return".

    The fundamental concept being so conveniently ignored during all of this criticism is that many Palestinian individuals andl groups over the years have denied Israel's right to exist. Groups like Hamas want Palestinians to be able to return to their lands. By emphasizing that any negotiation begins with the borders established during the Arab Armistice, it forces the opposition to recognize Israel's right to exist. Groups like Hamas want to negotiate from what was in existence prior to the establishment of Israel as an independent state.

    That is why the policy has always been using those borders as a starting point. It means forcing those who oppose to recognize Israel's right to exist. It is a much stronger statement of support than what the right wing has made it out to be.

    May 24, 2011 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  20. Swilliam

    A non-entity; his candidacy is a non-event; as far as answers for this country's grave problems he is a non-starter. I would worry about his radical social agenda except that it is probably too much even for most Republicans.

    May 24, 2011 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
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