April 26th, 2010
08:30 AM ET
11 years ago

Santorum plans foreign policy speech in key primary state

Washington (CNN) - In his latest effort at burnishing his profile ahead of a potential White House bid in 2012, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum will deliver a foreign policy speech Monday in South Carolina - historically a key primary state.

The speech, at The Citadel in Charleston, will focus on the challenges the country faces on the foreign policy front and how best to tackle them, according to a schedule released by his political team earlier this month.

Santorum's advisers believe he can differentiate himself from his potential 2012 rivals by highlighting his foreign policy credentials.

He spent eight years on the Senate Armed Services Committee and authored successful legislation addressing threats posed by Syria and Iran - points he regularly makes as he travels to early primary states and meets with party activists.

Though Santorum is actively thinking about a presidential bid - he has already spent time in Iowa and New Hampshire - his 18-point loss to Democrat Bob Casey in his 2006 re-election bid has other Republicans questioning his viability.

He finished second to last in the Southern Republican Leadership Conference's 2012 straw poll in early April.


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soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. ronalde

    WHO CARES santorum is giving his speach to a bunch of losers,the time he spent in the senate he did nothing but look like a fool that is he lost so badly in the last election.we didn't want him in the senate what makes him think we want him in the white house.

    April 26, 2010 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  2. steve

    The Democrats Party in this country should go on the offensive to challenge the Fox news Republican National Coalition Machine now before they permanently divide and poison this country.

    April 26, 2010 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  3. Jay

    Where were all your thoughts on foreign policy when Crawford, TX's village idiot started two wars that cost trillions and produced nothing and got 4000 of our patriots killed?

    Another wannabe with a delusional ego.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    April 26, 2010 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  4. Ken in NC

    If this man has foreign policy credentials why doesn't he take them and go to a foreign country. He doesn't have to go far. Even Canada will do. According to "Half Gov. Palin" it to is a foreign country. According to her, all of our neighboring countries are foreign countries, as if there are other countries that are something other than foreign countries.

    April 26, 2010 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  5. guy in nm

    Credentials? Really? being on the armed services committee is not the same as working on foreign policies

    April 26, 2010 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  6. Minnesotan

    Every time I see Santorum's name, all I can think about is the contemporary, updated definition that was given to him by columnist, Dan Savage.... hee hee hee!

    April 26, 2010 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  7. Banderman

    It was my understanding that The President of the United States is charged with representing ALL American citizens, not only his own party and special interest groups?

    April 26, 2010 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  8. Al-NY,NY

    Go ahead Ricky...go to the state with the biggest set of GOP hypocrites in he US and spew your red-meat tripe for the sheep. It will do you no good in the long run as the chances of you winning are only slightly better than the quitta from Wasilla

    April 26, 2010 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  9. Strategic Bob

    The Citadel – where brain dead Republicans go to announce foreign policy approaches that will be disastrous for the nation. Rmember that Bush burnished his foreign policy creds at the Citadel and look how that worked out for us.

    April 26, 2010 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  10. Scot Ellis

    This man is a VERY scary guy ! He is Bush on steroids. He and Cantoe wil keep this nation at war for many years, The speech at this place shows what type of foriegn policy he has. Be afraid very afraid of this guy !

    April 26, 2010 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  11. Monrob

    This... Santorum is such a crazy man!

    April 26, 2010 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  12. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    The last thing the country needs is some more republican foreign policy. That's the reason why we're in 2 unpaid for wars in the first place. Republicans don't believe in diplomacy. They're all a bunch of war mongerers.

    April 26, 2010 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  13. Dawn Ada, Ohio

    Santorum is a Joke and the people of PA put him in his place once and I'm sure they will do it again.

    April 26, 2010 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  14. Indy

    Not too hard to come up with a foreign policy speech when you know none of it will happen. When you are not POTUS the foreign policy speech is mostly political and not realistic.

    April 26, 2010 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  15. SNAPPA

    What is it about trash that just won't go away?

    April 26, 2010 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  16. Sue

    I was hoping when we got rid of him in Pennsylvania that would be the last we would have to hear of him.

    Maybe you should ask some Pennsylvanians about what it is like to have Santorum as a senator.

    April 26, 2010 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  17. Michele

    He does have far more foreign policy experience than, say, Palin, but he is also the chairman of a PAC that has a very vague mission statement about "national security, free markets, and protecting the most vulnerable."
    Sounds like Palinspeak for bomb Iran, lower taxes, and stop abortion, doesn't it? Since they are against any programs that help the poor, and are against anyone not a card-carrying American citizen, and are both wealthy...well, you get the picture.

    April 26, 2010 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  18. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    How old is this legislation that he proposed? How far did it get? I don't think this guy really want to give up.

    April 26, 2010 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  19. Seattle Sue

    Santorum has already differentiated his self from his potential rivals. Santorum is a far right radical weasel, his opponent is not.

    April 26, 2010 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  20. Dave

    LOL! Let me guess, Santorum's speech will be limited to "keep gays out of the military" and "bomb everyone that looks at us funny." In reality, Santorum doesn't have the brains to give a speech on how to make ice, let alone foreign policy.

    April 26, 2010 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  21. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Too stubborn and ignorant to realize that the parade left him behind!!!!!

    April 26, 2010 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  22. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    Much like Humpty Dumpty our overseas policies have fallen off the wall and you know the rest of the story .

    April 26, 2010 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  23. slappy white

    So, the school voucher scammer wants thinks he can be President , huh?

    Guess getting drummed out of the Senate by his constituents four years ago wasn't a clue that's never going to happen..

    April 26, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  24. Chipster

    Santorum is such a hypocrite! He's an advocate of malpractice reform but he and his wife sued her doctor and accepted a boatload of money – enough to help them buy their VA home. He owned a very small house in PA that the family only visited occasionally and claimed residency there so that he could soak PA citizens for $100,000 in cyberschool funds! Stay in VA, Rick, PA doesn't want you.

    April 26, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  25. montag

    Forget about it, Rick. You're a right-wing nutcase with no chance of ever becoming president of the United States.

    BTW...how's that "man-on-dog" thing working out for you?

    April 26, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
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