Rick Santorum set to travel to Israel
August 15th, 2014
10:02 AM ET
4 months ago

Rick Santorum set to travel to Israel

(CNN) – Rick Santorum is heading to Israel.

The former senator from Pennsylvania and 2012 presidential candidate leaves Sunday for a three-day trip with a delegation of conservative and religious leaders, according to his group, Patriot Voices.

His travel will likely further stoke speculation of his interest in another White House bid. The Middle East tends to be a popular travel spot for presidential candidates hoping to boost their foreign policy credentials.

According to a press release with details of the trip, Santorum will mostly be in Jerusalem and is set to visit an Iron Dome facility. He's also scheduled to meet with government and military leaders, as well as Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer.

The delegation includes Bob Vander Plaats, president of The Family Leader, a social conservative group in Iowa, and Foster Friess, a wealthy conservative donor who backed Santorum's 2012 presidential run.

In addition to Iowa, others in the delegation hail from South Carolina, Florida, Michigan, Alabama and Wyoming.


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soundoff (77 Responses)
  1. salty dog

    Just another clown with a ticket to ride.

    August 15, 2014 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  2. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Well... It looks like Chris E would like to support North Korea?? Think the north wouldn't invade the south again, huh? Or maybe he's just a Commie and want support the "Great Leader" in the north's ambitions...

    Or is it only [R] wars you support Chris? (Seems like there have been plenty of [R] Presidents that could have pulled us out of SK, but they helped contribute to the trillions instead...)

    August 15, 2014 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  3. Ahhh

    Dominican mama 4 Obama
    Pardon my hurried posts, the warden is doing a "bed" check and I might as well be typing under my desk.
    One eye on the hallway the other on the keyboard
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Another public employee hard at work serving the public....

    August 15, 2014 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  4. Jack

    Let POPE SANTORUM stay there-–for good.

    August 15, 2014 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  5. Lynda/Minnesota

    Dominican mama 4 Obama

    I haven't "seen" Rudy today Lynda.
    He must be taking the same sabbatical that you took a couple of weeks ago.
    Regroup, recharge, return.
    -----------------

    His time out is well deserved ... yes? I've been trying to stay focused today, but I'm losing the battle. Cross-eyed is not a good look, so I'm going to have to call it a day by wishing you and everyone else a safe weekend.

    Your comments below will be my focus for this weekend.

    How do you "control" having a cop pull you over because you're driving in a neighborhood where they don't think you belong?
    How do you "control" being pulled over on I95 because you fit the profile that they are keeping their eye out for: Black, young, nice car. And heaven forbid if there is more than one Black man in the vehicle.
    How do you "control" being followed in stores?
    How do you "control" any of that?
    You can't.

    August 15, 2014 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  6. Patriot

    Mr. Alabama, please stop posting. You just reinforce the steroetypes.

    August 15, 2014 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    "sonny chapman

    Sniffit- A Dem. started the Korean War for America ? "
    ====
    C'mon dude...read more carefully...I was quoting the person who said that and responding to him by insinuating he was taking hallucinogens.

    August 15, 2014 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  8. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Lynda MInnesota
    Your comments below will be my focus for this weekend...
    -----------------------------------------------------
    My two sons are grown men.
    Educated in elite private high schools and colleges.
    One's a CPA the other is a school admiistrator at a private middle school.
    Very little down time so usually professionally attired. Their network of friends happens to be mostly White, btw, but no matter they have experienced these incidents.
    We were once followed while driving my Mercedes to Ocean City by the Chief of the Fire Dept (or at least the jerk was driving the Chief's truck). I'd cut my hair very, very short so it probably looked to him like there were 3 males in this MB.
    I switched lanes, he'd switch lanes. Left. Right. Left again until I pulled into the shoulder on the right. He drove past us but not after having taken a really good look at the driver...me.

    August 15, 2014 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  9. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Ahhh

    Another public employee hard at work serving the public....
    -----------------------------------------------------
    Speak of what you know or remain silent.
    I don't work for the gub'mint.

    August 15, 2014 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  10. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    Nobody cares. Really can't wait to see Thad Cochran,Kevin McCarthy,Tom Tillis,Sheldon Adelson,Rupert Mourdoch,Karl Rove,Lindsey Graham,John McCain,Susan Collins,Hayley Barbour,Grover Norquist and the GOP stuff Jeb Bush down the tea party's throats EXACTLY like they stuffed Romney down. Straight no chaser. Hillary will drink to that!

    August 15, 2014 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  11. Rudy NYC

    A couple weeks back, I became completely disillusioned politically ... packed my car, headed north, and spent the week avoiding all things political.

    Here it is two weeks later and I'm ready to once again repeat that trip.
    ----------------------------------
    Don't forget to pack your parka. It seems summer is not coming to northern Minnesota this year.

    August 15, 2014 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Pardon my hurried posts, the warden is doing a "bed" check and I might as well be typing under my desk.
    One eye on the hallway the other on the keyboard.
    --------------------------–
    Touch typing is the solution. Now if I could just do something about all of the noise, all of that clacking and clicking.

    I had checkup this morning. I'm good for another year, just as long as I don't try to lift anything too heavy. A lawn mower is too heavy, but I can probably discus hurl a lightweight like Santorum to Israel.

    August 15, 2014 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  13. ThinkAgain: If you don't like Congress, get rid of the repub/tea bag majority

    Does Rick know that Jews have a history of academic achievement and a cultural emphasis on education?

    In other words, does Rick realize he is going to a country filled with those college-educated "snobs" he so despises?

    Just checking ...

    August 15, 2014 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  14. Bob

    "Israel is as a state entirely based and run on a racist premise. Its very foundation is racist. But while the Israeli state may steal land specifically for Jews, make provision for Jews, and make life difficult for non-Jews, anybody else who mentions Jews in the context of Israeli behaviour is a vicious racist and anti-Semite. This warped and ludicrous logic is enforced by political orthodoxy and the mainstream media". Craig Murray:-

    August 15, 2014 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  15. Hector Slagg

    Well, gosh, i'm Sorry!,
    Rick Santorum was a U.S. Senator. Next Presidential Election, if the people have woken up by then, there will probably be a Republican President. Now I know some of you don't like that but live and learn. You could see Rick Santorum in the Cabinet! Hey, I don't make the News, I just Report the News! You will have experienced people, for a change, in the Government! Well Golly!!

    August 15, 2014 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  16. ritmocojo

    Shouldn't he be going to Afghanistan or Pakistan and visit his Taliban brothers instead of going to Israel?

    August 15, 2014 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  17. Bob

    Israel is as a state entirely based and run on a racist premise. Its very foundation is racist. But while the Israeli state may steal land specifically for Jews, make provision for Jews, and make life difficult for non-Jews, anybody else who mentions Jews in the context of Israeli behaviour is a vicious racist and anti-Semite. This warped and ludicrous logic is enforced by political orthodoxy and the mainstream media

    August 15, 2014 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  18. S.B. Stein

    I'd say that he should stay there, but the Israelis have enough trouble with over zealous ideologues.

    @Bob - Mr. Murray is not paying attention to the full facts of the case clearly. If you are an Arab in Israel, you get full rights if you are a citizen and can be a part of the government. If you are a Jew amongst the Arabs, you best be careful because you will likely be beaten and have no chance of being in the government.

    August 15, 2014 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  19. rick3807

    Why would Israeli "government and military leaders" want to waste their time talking to a has been politician, they probably have other things to spend their time on. I guess as long as he is spending some one else's money, why not.

    August 15, 2014 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  20. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Rudy NYC
    I had checkup this morning. I'm good for another year
    -----------------------------------------------------
    Happy to hear you got the "all clear" Rudy.
    Ive been postponing the Roto-Rooter exam (colonoscopy).
    It just seems so, so.....invasive.
    I know, I know, cancer would be more so,
    Happy weekend to The Gang and the Usual Suspects.

    August 15, 2014 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  21. Democrat Junk

    Alot of Big Fish in a Small Pond. LOL

    August 15, 2014 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  22. ThinkAgain: If you don't like Congress, get rid of the repub/tea bag majority

    @Hector Slagg: "Next Presidential Election, if the people have woken up by then, there will probably be a Republican President."

    Why would anyone vote for a party whose economic, military and foreign policies are all PROVEN FAILURES?

    Look at the historical record and you'll see that our country fairs better under Democratic administrations than repub ones.

    August 15, 2014 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  23. Sniffit

    "Happy weekend to The Gang and the Usual Suspects."

    Cheers!

    August 15, 2014 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  24. Sniffit

    "Secondly, show me one report where a person OD'd on weed"

    LOL. All you'd be looking at is someone taking a nap...probably while sitting, head flung back with their mouth open and Doritos crumbs on their lap.

    August 15, 2014 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  25. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Sniffit

    "Secondly, show me one report where a person OD'd on weed"

    LOL. All you'd be looking at is someone taking a nap...probably while sitting, head flung back with their mouth open and Doritos crumbs on their lap.
    ----------------------------------------------------–
    ...and that powdery cheezy residue all around their mouths and fingers!!
    Puff, puff pass America and mellow out!
    Cheers to you my friend!!!

    August 15, 2014 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
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