November 26th, 2012
09:51 PM ET
1 year ago

Santorum: 'I'm open' to 2016 bid

(CNN) - Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum hinted Monday he may see another presidential run in his future.

"I'm open to that possibility," the Republican said when asked on CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight" about a 2016 White House bid.

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"But we're a long way..." he added, pausing, then continuing, "I'm focused right now on trying to stay involved in the fray and make sure that we do the right thing up on Capitol Hill right now."

Santorum proved a tough opponent to Mitt Romney during the Republican presidential primary, ultimately forcing the contest to run as late as April when Santorum dropped his bid and paved the way for Romney to clinch the nomination.

Since then, the social conservative launched a nonprofit group, "Patriot Voices," which advocates conservative causes and backs conservative candidates. The former senator also has maintained an active role as a political commentator and was an occasional surrogate for Romney during the campaign.

Santorum said Monday he was also focused on the Republican Party's inner debate about its future, adding that he wants to make sure "that we're going to be very active and engaged and stick to America's founding principles."

The former senator first told The Weekly Standard on Monday that he was "open" to another run.

His comments come one day after another 2012 Republican presidential hopeful said he hasn't ruled out a possible bid. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Sunday he has "no idea at this stage" whether he'll make another attempt at the Oval Office.

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soundoff (43 Responses)
  1. Al-NY,NY

    Sanctimonious Santorum/Newter Gingrich (in whichever order you want)......the dream ticket...for Democrats. Either of these clowns in ANY position in 2016 is a guaranteed Democrat win

    November 26, 2012 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  2. Walt

    Good news for Dems Rick.

    November 26, 2012 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  3. Tom

    Rick needs to get off his self righteous religious high horse if he ever hopes to win in a general election. The electorate is just about sick of the GOP's social agenda.

    November 26, 2012 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  4. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    It would be fun to watch Santorum burn in another primary fight. He'd have been the best to have a contrast with Obama. The problem is that he'd lose the independants that are out there because he is too far on the right.

    November 26, 2012 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  5. LegalizeReason

    Santorum said Monday ... that he wants to make sure "that we're going to be very active and engaged and stick to America's founding principles."

    Rick, I'm pretty sure that one of those founding principles wasn't to start a presidential campaign three weeks after the election. For the sake of everyone involved, please give it a rest, for about three years.

    November 26, 2012 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  6. javadanny

    You don't have a snowball's chance in hell Santorum.

    November 26, 2012 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  7. DENNA

    Why on earth would you run again? You washed out the last time and the one who rose to the top of the pack was rejected by the majority of the voting public. However, if you must, remember, a coalition of assorted voter put President Obama back in the White House. That will be the new standard. The same old same old won't work anymore, if America is luck.

    November 26, 2012 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  8. NauticalMan

    Excellent idea Mr Santorum. Just what the GOP needs, someone to run sharply to the right of Gov. Romney. I am sure that the Democratic party will welcome your candidacy with open arms.

    November 26, 2012 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  9. Larry L

    Google "Santorum". The definition says it all...

    November 26, 2012 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  10. JimInMS

    Please run and win the Republican nomination, Rick. Hillary will defeat you in the biggest landslide of all time!!!

    November 26, 2012 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  11. JJ

    LMAO! Of course he is. SOP for retread repuke loozers. Just look at Romney. LOL!

    November 26, 2012 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  12. Dan5404

    Don't bother, Rick, America is even less ready for you than they were for Mitt Romney. Save your time and money.

    November 26, 2012 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  13. Thomas

    Rick Santorum , The lights are on but nobody's home.
    "I'm open to that possibility," the Republican said when asked on CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight" about a 2016 White House bid.

    I'm sure Sarah Palin feels the same way. Fortunately the American people are not in a hurry to return back towards a pre renaissance era of enlightenment .

    November 26, 2012 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  14. sassysticks53

    You'll never be POTUS Santorum. The last thing we need is you shoving your religious beliefs down our throats! Women and minorities would go back to the dark ages with you at the helm. No thanks!

    November 26, 2012 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  15. Graham Krueger

    After an election which was effectively issueless, I can't think of a better match up for a real election over different philosophies than Biden vs. Santorum. If Clinton declines to run, Biden will be the nominee, and Santorum has the Republican runner-up charm working for him. Santorum is everything I hate about our political system, Biden is most of what I love. After two center-right candidates ignoring the real issues, I'd welcome an actual contest of ideas.

    November 26, 2012 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  16. sassysticks53

    No thanks, Santorum. You had your shot. You're a crazy, right-wing, neo-con who wants to foist his religion/values/morals down our throats.

    November 26, 2012 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  17. ThinkAgain: All of the GOP's policies are PROVEN FAILURES

    In a related comment, Santorum said he was open to having his fanny handed to him ...

    November 26, 2012 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  18. Squigman

    This two bit clown is up for anything, especially if it lives his pocket.

    November 26, 2012 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  19. nothing new here

    HAHAHAHAHA
    Best laugh I have had all day.

    November 26, 2012 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  20. littleourkie

    Oh YEAH! That will be the real ticket: Santorum for president, Palin for VP!!

    Bring it on!

    November 27, 2012 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  21. Ron

    Wow- another right wing conservative waiting in the wings for a another go at it- really? One thing is for sure – they won't ever be making their home in the house that holds the West Wing. Can't wait to see the Vegas odds on this guy again.

    November 27, 2012 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  22. GI Joe

    Oh Lord – we have to see that face and listen to all that hypocrisy for 4 more years. He's a reject – guess he'll have to be a 2-time loser to figure it out (like RMoney).

    Losers losers losers losers losers.

    November 27, 2012 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  23. sad

    Santorum?

    OK. Let's make the Republican position about:

    1. Birth Control!
    2. Abortion!
    3. Whatever the PEDOPHILE protecting POPE wants it to be.....

    I am a Republican AND a student of history.

    Of the founding fathers... Jefferson and Adams disagreed about almost every thing... There is ONE thing that they agreed on was: The only thing that could destroy our Republic is: The Catholic Church!

    For the last couple of centuries, people did not really understand what the meant by that....

    Now, we know.

    After Santorum......

    November 27, 2012 12:53 am at 12:53 am |
  24. Getoverit

    Cue the liberal insults and name calling....

    November 27, 2012 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  25. Amused

    Obama versus Romney? I vote Romney.

    Obama versus McCain? I vote McCain.

    Obama versus Palin? I vote Palin.

    Obama versus a dog? I vote for the dog. (I like dogs)

    Obama versus Santorum? I vote for Obama!

    Am I extreme? Maybe.... but I am not alone.

    November 27, 2012 01:15 am at 1:15 am |
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