Santorum returning to New Hampshire, again
November 17th, 2010
10:57 AM ET
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Santorum returning to New Hampshire, again

(CNN) - A possible 2012 Republican presidential hopeful is heading to New Hampshire at the end of the month.

The visit by former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania will be his second since the midterm elections to the crucial early voting state in the road to the White House.

Santorum is scheduled to speak at the Rotary Club in Manchester and also headline a meeting of the Goffstown-Weare Republican Town Committee on November 29, followed by an address to the Goffstown Rotary Club the next day. The events, first reported by the New Hampshire Union Leader, were confirmed to CNN by Virginia Davis, spokeswoman for Santorum's political action committee, "America's Foundation."

The visit will be Santorum's seventh to New Hampshire. Two days after the midterms he headlined a political discussion at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics.

New Hampshire plays a crucial role in the road to the White House, as it traditionally holds the first primary of the presidential primary season.

Santorum also made seven trips to Iowa during the midterm election cycle, and six to South Carolina. Both states play a crucial role in the race for the White House. Iowa's caucuses kick off the presidential primary season, while South Carolina usually comes third or fourth on the calendar.

Earlier this fall, Santorum announced the formation of a political action committee in Iowa, the latest sign the Pennsylvania Republican is getting serious about a White House bid in 2012.

Santorum's case for the presidency is far from clear. The former two-term senator lost his 2006 re-election bid by 18 points and has been largely out of public view since then except for appearances on Fox News. Moreover, if he decides to make a bid for the presidency, he could face a potentially crowded field of candidates, including a string of better funded opponents with larger national political operations.

Recent polls indicate that Santorum registers in the low single digits among Republican voters when it came to the choice for their party's next presidential nominee. Santorum was last among a list of potential GOP White House hopefuls listed in the survey.

Still, due in part to his strong opposition to abortion rights, Santorum remains popular with many socially conservative voters who have long had an influential role in the GOP primary process.

–CNN's Peter Hamby and Alex Mooney contributed to this story


Filed under: 2012 • New Hampshire • Rick Santorum
soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Diane

    With everything this country is grappling with, his supporters appreciate his anti-abortion position? Yeah, that's the primary qualification needed to be leader of the most complicated economy and powerful nation in the world.

    November 17, 2010 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  2. LovesIrony

    frothy mix boy needs to go home and leave the fine people of New Hampshire and Iowa alone.

    November 17, 2010 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  3. T'sah from Virginia

    And CNN is STUCK on the RepubliCAN'Ts AGAIN!!!!!! Jeez! Who CARES!! We are currently in a crisis and we need to CONCENTRATE on our current leader – President Obama – instead of "Cooking Up" what CNN thinks the future is going to be about........... Three Tickers in a ROW regarding DEAD BEATS who want to run for President in 2012!!!

    PLEASE – WE need a DISASTER!!! We need an ALIEN SHIP to land right in the middle of Central Park – The spaceship would just SIT THERE until November 6, 2012 (if the 6th is when Election Day is)!!! The Army cannot penetrate the ship; Bombs cannot penetrate the ship; X-rays cannot penetrate the ship; the ship will have NO WINDOW so we can peak in; Scientist will be baffled and will test the metal to determine what planet the ship came from; the ship will GLOW every Tuesday night – giving off a GAS that will panic the politicians but the gas is HARMLESS; no ALIEN will exit the ship; no communication from the ship; the Space Ship will just SIT THERE and the Journalist will spend every ENDLESS day there telling a story – The PUNDITS will preach it’s fear-mongering coming from the RIGHT – OTHERS will say it's the END OF THE WORLD (Hmm, that's right – it will be 2012, right???) ROTHLMAO

    My POINT! Please – no one cares what RepubliCAN’Ts are running in 2012 – they ALL are running – every last one of them and it’s BORING hearing about it!!!

    Let’s keep Moving America Forward with our current leader, President Obama!!

    November 17, 2010 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  4. David, CA

    Save your money little Ricky. You can run a country on anti-gay attack ads.

    November 17, 2010 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  5. stufit

    Well it is now looking like any Republican can beat the corrupt, lying, inept, incompetent, narcissistic, ego driven, idealouge, union toady, president that SEIU/ACORN stole the election for in 2008. So we will have to examine these potential candidates very carefully to make sure we don't end up with another Obama (can't make sense of anything unless he uses the teleprompter provided by the AFL-CIO) type in 2012.

    November 17, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  6. Chipster

    Is this the choice of the so-called "Christian" right-wing? Santorum and Gingrich? Great examples of how not to behave. It's amazing how righteous these phonies can sound while one scams money from Pennsylvania for cyber-school when he only pretended to actually live there and the other considers marriage to be nothing more than an inconvenience to his next female conquest. Gingrich was highly critical of Clinton for the Lewinsky affair – even claimed it was sexual harassment because she was an intern staff member – while courting one of HIS staff members at the very same time!? This should make for an interesting and sleazy campaign.

    November 17, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  7. chris24

    why not run? every moron under the GOP banner should run.
    what's the difference between them? NOTHING!

    November 17, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  8. rdepontb

    Rick Santorum has nothing New Hampshire voters are looking for. Except, that is, his looks. In the vein of "If you want to be happy for the rest of your life, never make a pretty woman your wife," there is no chance this weasel can hide his intentions enough to be called off to Hollywood or television land, a la Palin. He has no leadership sklls, no support from his own state, no ideas of his own. He kowtows to party bosses, always has. Don't waste your frequent-flyer miles on us, Rick!

    November 17, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  9. Mark, Phoenix

    This guy is so light in the loafers he needs leaden Odor Eaters to keep from floating away. Too bad Andy Kaufman isn't around anymore. He could play Santorum in a made-for-tv comedy.

    November 17, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  10. Rod

    Run Santorum Run.......You and Palin on the same ticket is a Democrats dream. You are a buffoon as is Palin.

    November 17, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  11. Michael in Houston

    Santorum....now comes another real gem of a leader from the republicans. He was defeated in his own state because he is total brick, and he actually thinks he is presidential material.
    Gingrich, Palin, Santorum...yep, you republicans are really shaping up for 2012 with a powerhouse of superb intellectually and politically gifted candidates. Hey here is an idea....why not add Christine O'Dononell in there. That should really get attention.

    November 17, 2010 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  12. Eric in Manhattan

    This Howdy Doody look-alike is about as qualified to be President as the half-governor of Alaska. His platform is more about what he is against, than what he is for. Pity this nation for the lack of rational candidates for high office.

    November 17, 2010 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  13. Danny Cali

    Mr. Santorum I think you need to "ZIP" your mount and save your money because you not going to win the nominee in Republican side and the General election.

    November 17, 2010 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  14. What is the country coming to

    Please he looks silly, like he does not know anything......not a leader

    November 17, 2010 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  15. dave

    Amazing how much that CNN photo resembles "Ralph" from the Wee Pals comic strip. Wasn't he the bully? This Santorum guy is loopy and even looks the part...

    November 17, 2010 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |