2016 Watch: It's never too early to go to Iowa?
February 26th, 2013
12:10 PM ET
2 years ago

2016 Watch: It's never too early to go to Iowa?

(CNN) - Rick Santorum's headed to Iowa, some two years and nine months before the next Iowa caucuses.

The Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition announced Tuesday that the former senator from Pennsylvania and 2012 GOP presidential candidate will keynote its annual Spring Kickoff, which will be held April 15.

The Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition is a leading social conservative group in the state that traditionally holds the first contest in the presidential caucus and primary season.

Santorum, once considered a long shot in the 2012 nomination hunt, narrowly came out on top in last year's Iowa caucuses, and battled eventual nominee Mitt Romney deep into the primary season. Santorum, known as a friend to social conservatives, is one of a more than a dozen Republicans who may be considering running for the White House in 2016.

"We are excited to inform you that Sen. Rick Santorum will be our keynote speaker. As you know, Sen. Santorum won the 2012 Iowa Precinct Caucuses and remains a popular figure here in Iowa and nationally! He is recognized as one of the nation's strongest and most unabashed leaders on behalf of the pro-life, pro-marriage agenda," said Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition President Steve Scheffler, in a statement on the group's website.

Santorum actually isn't the first possible 2016 Republican presidential hopeful to make a stop in Iowa since last November's presidential election. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida headlined a birthday fundraiser for Terry Branstad, the Hawkeye State's GOP governor, a few weeks after the election. Rubio aides downplayed any 2016 talk at the time, saying that Branstad ran into Rubio at the Republican convention in Florida last summer and asked him to headline the annual dinner.


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soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. robert Jay

    Hopefully and probably the republican party will be extinct by 2016 so I guess numb n- santorum is just playing around for fun!

    February 26, 2013 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  2. Canuck

    "The Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition."

    Scary name – you just know this is a bunch of bigots.

    February 26, 2013 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  3. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Sorry!!! But Mr. Sweater Vest can give it up. The only reason he did so well in the last republican primary is because Willard sucked that badly.

    February 26, 2013 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  4. jkane sfl the gop national disgrace party will be swept out like the trash they are in2014 ?

    So the gop is going to run the same cast of gop rejects that the American people already rejected and throw in a couple more like Rubio and the peewee Herman look a like the goof cruze from the third world state of Texas

    February 26, 2013 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  5. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    The Frothy One still doesn't get the fact that he is unelectable!

    February 26, 2013 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  6. Flagship, NC

    He just keeps making the same mistake over and over and over again.
    He is unelectable! Most of the country does not think like him!

    February 26, 2013 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  7. Geno

    2016 = a republican bloodbath

    February 26, 2013 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  8. Bev

    the republicans may as well forget it michelle obama is going to run so her husband can continue destroying our country

    February 26, 2013 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  9. sammieb51

    i can't seem to reconcile the fact that his wife, prior to meeting Rick, lived with an abortion doctor for 7 years!! She actually acompanied friends on their abortions. I don't get how he can be so pro life, and her too, with that in her background. Seems quite a contradiction to me. I am pro choice, but I have never accompanied a friend on their abortion or even encouraged a friend to have an abortion. I look at abortion as the very last option and do not demand my friends live by my standards.

    February 26, 2013 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  10. kman821

    Obviously, this pathetic loser can't find a real job.

    February 26, 2013 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  11. Lynda/Minnesota

    "We are excited to inform you that Sen. Rick Santorum will be our keynote speaker."

    And I am equally excited. This man is just to good to keep bottled up all to yourselves ... yes, GOPers? I mean, gosh, gee ... he's a working stiff who knows his stuff... right down to knowing what color his sweater vest ought to be for what crowd he's a-pandering to.

    February 26, 2013 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    Rick "blah people" Santorum has already spilled the beans on himself. He gave that fall 2011 radio interview where he was asked why he was running for POTUS. He pretty much said that he wanted to bring "christian values" to our government. He's on record on a couple of occasions readily stating that he doesn't believe in separation of church and state.

    February 26, 2013 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    "Obviously, this pathetic loser can't find a real job."

    Nah, some group of religious nuts and lobbyists would gladly pay him to be their frontman, etc., but that would require real work. More accurate would be he "doesn't WANT to" find a real job.

    February 26, 2013 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  14. Malory Archer

    Bev

    the republicans may as well forget it michelle obama is going to run so her husband can continue destroying our country

    Look everyone, the mouthpiece for the fat, reichwing radio bloviator has graced us with her presence! Howsabout a few more pearls of mouthbreather wisdom for the audience Bev?

    February 26, 2013 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  15. Marie MD

    The rethugs are the epitome of insanity by doing the same over and over again expecting a different result. I want to add stupid to that also.
    All they have right now are the same crazy retreads that had anyone with a half a brain running frm the party of he!! no in the the last two elections but definitely for 2012.
    They are truly clueless and e are supposed to voice thy changed their spots in the last few months? They will never change and continue to try to win elections by changing the rules in the state level and people are not paying attention!

    February 26, 2013 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  16. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    To the Governor of Iowa from the rest of the United States – if Rick Santorum goes to your state, please try to find some reason to keep him there and away from any microphones. It will only damage your reputation as a state trying to enter the 21st Century.

    February 26, 2013 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  17. Name Carl

    Hillary clinton 2016....

    February 26, 2013 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  18. Thomas

    Rick Santorum's headed to Iowa, some two years and nine months before the next Iowa caucuses.

    I feel sad for his children , Rick the angry looser !
    It must be difficult being right all the time .

    February 26, 2013 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |