Santorum 'very open' to another presidential bid
March 26th, 2014
04:10 PM ET
8 months ago

Santorum 'very open' to another presidential bid

(CNN) - In his strongest language to date, possible 2016 Republican presidential contender Rick Santorum said he's "very open to taking on another run" for the White House.

In a taping Wednesday on the Iowa Public Television program "Iowa Press," Santorum was asked about his visit to the Hawkeye State, which holds the first contest in the presidential caucus and primary calendar, and whether the "door's open" to another bid for the GOP nomination.

"I'm very open to taking on another run and right now I'm just doing everything that I would be doing if I was going to run," answered Santorum, who added that "I'm here (in Iowa). I'm going to be around the country. I'm very concerned about our country."

The former senator from Pennsylvania and GOP presidential candidate who battled eventual nominee Mitt Romney deep into the 2012 Republican primary calendar has a jam packed 24-hour visit to Iowa. Besides the "Iowa Press" interview, Santorum was scheduled to speak with other Iowa media outlets and hold a press gaggle with local reporters.

An aide to the former senator told CNN that Santorum was also meeting with senior strategists who guided his January 2012 victory in the Iowa caucuses.

Santorum, who remains popular with social and fiscal conservatives, will also headline a fundraiser for Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz, who's running for Congress in a district that stretches from Des Moines to Council Bluffs. Schultz endorsed Santorum just before the 2012 Iowa caucuses, even though he and Romney share the same Mormon faith. Santorum edged out Romney to narrowly win the caucuses, following a lengthy recount.

Santorum has been very open about the possibility of a second White House run. In a recent interview with Time Magazine, Santorum said that if he were to launch another campaign for the GOP nomination, "I'd raise a lot more money. We'd have to have a stronger team, and a stronger fundraising base."

Santorum ran a bare bones campaign in 2012, and was vastly outspent by Romney. Even though Santorum was effectively the last man standing against Romney in 2012, he polls in the mid-single digits in most national polls of Republicans' choice for their party's 2016 presidential nominee, near the bottom of a very crowded pack of potential contenders.

Santorum's short visit to Iowa comes just two weeks after he was in New Hampshire, the state that holds the first primary in the race for the White House. He addressed the crowd at the Northeast Republican Leadership Conference in Nashua.

This is Santorum's first visit to Iowa since last August, when made the rounds at the Iowa State Fair, spoke at a major gathering of social conservatives, and headlined a county GOP fundraiser.


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soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. Dar

    Here comes the clown car again.

    March 26, 2014 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  2. SBP

    This guy could not be more irrelevant. He's a "former" everything.

    March 27, 2014 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  3. Enough is Enough

    @Jeff Brown in Jersey – Poor Jeff doesn't know that most of the US thinks that Jersey is cesspool of corruption......

    March 27, 2014 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  4. Chris

    Hey all the folks that can't afford preventive care ,get rid of you cell phones, cable TV, and nice cars you're driving... There's no way I should have to pay more taxes. We're already taxed to provide EBT, Medicaid, Housing, spending money, and now we need to give more better insurance while others paying get worse insurance at a higher cost.

    March 27, 2014 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  5. Tampa Tim

    Enough – You are forgetting Louisiana, Florida, South Carolina, Texas, Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia. Most think you are wrong because you had nothing to post.

    March 27, 2014 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  6. Al-NY,NY

    Maria Lopez

    I'm so glad that Senator Santorum is considering running for President in 2016. I'll be supporting him 100%. We need a full spectrum conservative who can connect to middle America as our President.
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    what a laugh...but just to humor you.....all non-christians will be publically segregated and sent to "conversion" areas. Gays, homeless, and poor people rounded up. Guns distributed to everyone and Christianity (at least his warped view of it) will become the national religion and those that don't comply.....

    March 27, 2014 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  7. Rudy NYC

    Rick Santorum was once asked during a Christian radio interview why he was running for POTUS. He is on record stating that he thinks the 1st Amendment's separation of church and state is wrong. This man doesn't believe in the democracy. He wants to institute a theocracy.

    March 27, 2014 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  8. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross......

    Of course he wants to run. Nothing scares them more than the dude with the permanent tan occupying the Oval Office and real work. He's like many other GOP wannabe's. Scared of an honest days work.

    March 27, 2014 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
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