Santorum to Iowa State Fair
May 3rd, 2013
07:18 PM ET
12 months ago

Santorum to Iowa State Fair

(CNN) – Former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania said Friday he plans to attend the Iowa State Fair in August, a traditional stop in the first-in-the-nation caucus state for those considering a run for president.

In an interview with CNN’s Jim Acosta, Santorum also criticized the Food and Drug Administration approval this week of the Plan B One-Step emergency contraception pill without a prescription for women 15 and older.

Santorum, an arch-conservative who won a handful of battles in the 2012 Republican presidential primary fight, repeated on Friday that he’s not ruling out a White House bid next time and gave new details about his travel plans in the early voting states.

“We’re heading to Iowa, I think, in August. We’ll be out there for the state fair for a few days. And we’ll be, as we’re here in Houston, traveling around the country, talking about the important issues,” he said on “The Situation Room.”

Santorum was joining the program from Houston, where he addressed the National Rifle Association annual meeting earlier in the day.

“Sort of behaving like, you know, like we’re hoping for the idea – I always say, you know, I’m not running, I’m walking. And just trying to walk the path and discern what’s in the best interests of our country,” he said.

Santorum was originally supposed to visit Iowa on April 15 but had to cancel the trip due to illness.

Asked about the recent FDA ruling that President Barack Obama said he was comfortable with, Santorum indicated that he strongly disagreed with the decision.

“I think that's a horrific infringement on parental authority,” he said. “And I think it causes more problems. We want to have a society that encourages parents and children to talk to each other, to deal with these issues together, instead of having the government make it easier for children to do things behind their parents' back,” Santorum said.


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soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. don in albuquerque

    Be very afraid......Howdy Dooty is back.

    May 3, 2013 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  2. Safejourney

    Ha, Santorum is a joke.

    May 3, 2013 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  3. Gurgyl

    Who is this guy???

    May 3, 2013 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  4. Concerned citizen

    Former this and that; please, go away! Actually, don't; milk the conservatives so long there are stupid people to send you money!

    May 3, 2013 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  5. Larry in Houston

    somebody needs to remind this dude that it's only 2013 – not 2015 – and besides – it makes one think that this dude is ON something !! Doesn't he realize that he didn't even have a "snowball's chance" when he was behind the podium, during the republican primaries ?

    May 3, 2013 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  6. Thomas

    Will he wear that cute sweater and haul all seven of his kids around promoting birth control ?

    He should stay home and be a father .

    May 4, 2013 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  7. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Stay There!

    May 4, 2013 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  8. jkane

    the teaparty pope is the garbage of americaand should run for office in iran where they have the same values and mind his own business. as the two year old in the car seat says, worry about yourself moron.

    May 4, 2013 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  9. Grahame Rhodes

    I saw him there he was the one with the fright wig and the clown suit

    May 4, 2013 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  10. roro

    OMG. This man is such a loser, and yet here he is again! Mr. ex-presidential candidate, and ex- congressman, and ex- who knows what, have you not yet gotten the message that NO ONE WANTS YOU! Go home and father a few more kids.

    May 4, 2013 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  11. wayne

    If this idiot is positioning himself to deluge us again with his far right teabag drivel, the media should totally ignore him and his co-idiot, Bachmann!

    May 4, 2013 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  12. lottie

    are we stil talking about this looser. ??? He should stay home and make babies that's what he wants all the women to do.

    May 4, 2013 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  13. Gary

    So if he's at the fair do you have to pay 25 cents to see him. Like the bearded lady, the fire eater and the 1000 lb pig. Oh, thats right, the pig is busy in Texas.

    May 4, 2013 11:18 am at 11:18 am |