June 15th, 2010
10:28 AM ET
13 years ago

Potential 2012 Republican candidate headed to Iowa

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/04/01/art.santorum.gi.jpg caption ="Former Sen. Rick Santorum announced Tuesday that he will visit Iowa next week to deliver two speeches and attend a fundraiser."]Washington (CNN) - Former Sen. Rick Santorum, who is seriously considering a bid for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, announced Tuesday that he will visit Iowa next week to deliver two speeches and attend a fundraiser for a state Senate candidate.

It will be the Pennsylvania Republican's third visit in the past nine months to this important presidential proving ground.

"Each time I visit the Hawkeye state, I am struck by how concerned Iowans are about the state of our nation," said Santorum, who lost re-election in 2006. "They are fired up about the mid-term elections and engaged about what can be done to return our country back to the road of fiscal discipline and economic prosperity."

Santorum will be the keynote speaker at a Scott County Lincoln Club event on June 25 followed by fundraiser for Republican Sandy Greiner, who is running for state Senate. The next day, Santorum will address a lunch at the Iowa GOP convention.

Santorum has also visited South Carolina four times since December and recently made two stops in New Hampshire.

Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Rick Santorum
soundoff (38 Responses)
  1. Robert in Texas

    What this scumbag does or says is not worth anything. People contributing to his campaign are wasting their money. He is never going to be the President and he knows it.

    June 15, 2010 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  2. Mark

    After the pounding he took in 2006 just running for reelection to the Senate, what makes this guy think he's got a chance at the White House?

    June 15, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  3. AFR531

    The 'Peter Principle' politics style. Quit or get voted out of office-then come back and run for higher office.

    June 15, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  4. GI Joe

    He was rejected by ONE state, so now he wants to DICTATE (in republican form) ALL 50 states.


    June 15, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  5. hayden zeke

    So Crazy Rick needs a job, and he thinks POTUS is it? He would be better off keeping up his quest to find invisible WMDs.

    June 15, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  6. joel palmer

    Pennsylvanians have NOT forgotten the train wreck that was Ric Santorum. He lost to Bob Casey for cause; he was the worst Senator in Pennsylvania history and an abomination in the Senate.

    If this is what the GOP has for us in 2012, god help the us of a

    June 15, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  7. ellid

    Santorum, who couldn't even defend his seat in Pennsylvania, thinks he can be President? BWAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!

    June 15, 2010 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  8. maf

    "Fiscal discipline and economic prosperity". Only when the Republicans are NOT in power! Dems MUST toe the line on fiscal matters as the watchful eyes of the better money managers – Reps (HA HA HA HA) are on them!

    What a load of horsebleep! Keep lining them up GOP, they will all fall down as soon as they start talking about the sorry old points your party of NO continues to harp on.

    You should be embarassed about your inability to engage in true dialogue and really enter into a bi-partisan resolve to get things done as publicly appointed officials. All your jobs are on the line in the next couple of years and fear, scare tactics, obstructionism and just plain misinformation will come back to bite you!!

    June 15, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  9. Lynn

    He has a case of selective hearing. Listen to all the people, not just the right wingers.

    June 15, 2010 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  10. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Come out, come out Republican men and stop hiding behind women skirt tails.

    June 15, 2010 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  11. PA Moderate

    Dude seriously, you couldn't keep a Senate seat in middle of the road PA and you want to be President...do these people have nothing but yes men that feed them these pipe dreams. Rick...save yourself $$$ time and effort because you have no chance...none...nada of being POTUS...move on, teach Sunday school, start at PAC

    June 15, 2010 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  12. espnfreak

    This man is a homophobic jerk! Now that the people of PA no longer want him, he is unleashing his right wing agenda on the rest of the nation. Great – just what we need.

    June 15, 2010 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  13. Enrique

    Rick Santorum was and is a staunch defender of the invasion and occupation of Iraq. How can he be a fiscal conservative when the $1 trillion spent on Iraq was all borrowed money? He's a joke.

    June 15, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
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