First on CNN: Santorum to New Hampshire
February 12th, 2014
08:15 AM ET
6 months ago

First on CNN: Santorum to New Hampshire

(CNN) - Rick Santorum's heading back to New Hampshire.

The former senator from Pennsylvania and 2012 Republican presidential candidate will address the Northeast Republican Leadership Conference on March 14, CNN has learned.
Santorum, who battled eventual GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney deep into the 2012 Republican primary calendar, is mulling another bid for the White House. And any time a possible presidential candidate heads to New Hampshire, the state that holds the first primary on the road to the White House, the national political press corps takes notice.

Santorum will have some company at the event. Louisiana Gov. and potential 2016 Republican presidential contender Bobby Jindal is scheduled to give the keynote address. And Rep. Peter King of New York and former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton, two other Republicans who may consider 2016 bids, are also speaking at the conference.

This is Santorum's first visit to New Hampshire since the last presidential election. He's already made trips to Iowa, the state that kicks off the caucus and primary calendar, and South Carolina, which holds the first southern primary.

"Senator Santorum is a strong defender of conservative principles and a champion of pro-growth policies. He understands that in order to create jobs and turn around our economy, we need to cut taxes, reduce spending and repeal ObamaCare." said NHGOP Chairman Jennifer Horn, in a statement. "We are proud to have a national leader of Senator Santorum's stature address our conference and discuss his conservative solutions for the challenges facing our country."

Even though Santorum was in the spotlight for much of the 2012 nomination battle, he hasn't registered very high in polls over the past year for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination race. Four percent of Republicans questioned in the latest CNN/ORC International poll said they would be likely to support Santorum in 2016 should he run. Santorum placed last among the nine candidates offered on the survey, ten percentage points behind former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who topped the list.


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soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Where's Our $24 Billion?

    If Ayatollah Santorum is the GOP's hope, they're doomed. They were doomed regardless, but the Ayatollah believes in theocracy and that's not the right course for this country.

    February 12, 2014 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  2. Gurgyl

    Is this second century Stone Age dude vying for WH? I pity. USA is much more advanced than his old, rusty, coot ideology.

    February 12, 2014 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  3. smith

    Yeah, go home Rick. This guy is what is wrong with the GOP of today.

    February 12, 2014 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Rick Santorum is a snapshot of everything that has gone downhill with the Republican Party. Rick has made more than few troubling comments during his last presidential campaign. I sure everyone remembers the video Santorum saying that he doesn't want to see entitlements go to "blah people." It was almost as if he were implying that he doesn't mind seeing entitlements go to "non-blah people."

    The top prize winning Santorum comment for me was his response to a question during an interview on a Christian radio station. It came within a week or so of the above comment. He was asked the classic, simple question that should be asked of every candidate, "Why are you running for POTUS?"

    It had seemed like it was a nice softball of a question on friendly turf. Santorum took full advantage of home court advantage by putting his Christian values on display. Santroum stated that he was running to bring religion to the government decision making process. He argued that he felt that the 1st Amendment's separation of church and state was wrong, and that he aimed to change that.

    February 12, 2014 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  5. Name jk. Sfl. GOP CRUZ lee&rubio 24billion dallar LOSS of your tax money conservatives,the garbage of America.

    The dems could run Mickey Mouse and beat this gop REJECT!!!!!!

    February 12, 2014 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  6. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    This guy has to be the ultimate masochist. Nobody wants any part of him yet he keeps coming back for more punishment!

    February 12, 2014 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  7. Sniffit

    We knew this was coming. Not really "news." Photo above is a great opportunity to reuse that line from the Economist cover showing Kim Jung Il though: "Greetings Earthlings!"

    February 12, 2014 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  8. Phyllis Gwendoline Williams

    "MEDICAL MARIJUANA' "Present your bodies a Living Sacrifice, HOLY, acceptable unto God" (Romans 12: 1)
    "Grieve not The Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the Day of Redemption (Ephesians 4: 30)
    We"hath He quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins" (Ephesians 2: 1)

    February 12, 2014 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  9. wendel

    is this the best the repos can do????

    February 12, 2014 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  10. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    @Phyllis Gwendoline Williams
    "MEDICAL MARIJUANA' "Present your bodies a Living Sacrifice, HOLY, acceptable unto God" (Romans 12: 1)
    "Grieve not The Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the Day of Redemption (Ephesians 4: 30)
    We"hath He quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins" (Ephesians 2: 1)

    Can you please translate what it is you are trying to convey? My crystal ball isn't working today. Thank you!

    February 12, 2014 10:13 am at 10:13 am |