Rick Santorum set to travel to Israel
August 15th, 2014
10:02 AM ET
7 years 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.

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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. Sniffit

    "Because of my work schedule, I don't often watch the evening news..."

    Gotta agree. For me it's partly that and also partly that I'm a grown, educated adult who doesn't like watching people stupider than me lie to my face in obeisance to the advertising industry.

    August 15, 2014 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  2. Chris..E.Al

    We have spent trillioooons in S. Korea . A dem started that war and we are still there ? crickets for days . Who.s looting who man ?

    August 15, 2014 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  3. Ian's Rushtache

    Maybe he's booked one of the End Times Tours. Those guys figured out how to separate a fool from his money.

    August 15, 2014 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  4. Sniffit

    "We have spent trillioooons in S. Korea . A dem started that war and we are still there ? crickets for days . Who.s looting who man ?"

    Dude...it's MUFFIN tops for breakfast, not MUSHROOM tops.

    August 15, 2014 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  5. Name uche agonsi uche agonsi

    I don't think that Israeli/ Palestinian problem would be solved by amateurish political games of failed presidential hopefuls. Rick Santorum seems to have forgotten the old proverbial words....CHARITY STARTS FROM HOME. What US voters want from him is how to bridge the gap between the rich and poor in US.
    ..rather than dramatising fruitless foreign policy swings.

    August 15, 2014 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  6. Lynda/Minnesota

    Fair is Fair
    Filed under "Who Cares".
    --------------

    I have to admit we've been seeing more and more of these "filed under Who Cares" articles on the ticker. What started nearly 5 years ago as political debate has become nothing short of gossip and other nonsensical political fodder. 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.

    August 15, 2014 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  7. Rusty Krus

    @Chris..E.Al
    We have spent trillioooons in S. Korea . A dem started that war and we are still there ? crickets for days . Who.s looting who man ?

    Well Said!!!!!

    August 15, 2014 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  8. sonny chapman

    Sniffit- A Dem. started the Korean War for America ? I thought it was the Soviet backed N. Koreans who came streaming across the informal border at the 38th that started the conflict ? Yes, Pres. HST decided to throw in American forces to try to stop the Korean Peninsular from being totally controlled by these Communists. Japan was an American Protectorate w/no military next door. HST thought that was the right move. History confirms that decision.
    And BTW, it was the Japanese Military that started WWII for America, not Dem. Pres. FDR;regardless of what Fox News told you.

    August 15, 2014 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  9. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Have to admire this frothy fellows pluck! He doesn't stand a chance of winning ANY election, but he keeps on chugging along as if he's relevant!

    August 15, 2014 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  10. sonny chapman

    Sniffit-It was the Soviet backed Koreans that started that war. And also, it was the Japanese Military who started WW II for America, not the Dem Pres., FDR.

    August 15, 2014 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    " What started nearly 5 years ago as political debate has become nothing short of gossip and other nonsensical political fodder."

    Indeed...right on point. The MSM is a truth abattoir.

    August 15, 2014 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  12. Klutch Cargo

    Um, WELL,
    Slow News Day. What? You want Rick Santorum to figure out how to fix income equality? Heck, let's just get to the big stuff. Wanna know how to make a million dollars? Well first you get 2 Million Dollars. And if that doesn't work, read the directions! So you skipped school and now you want to be rich? Don't go to Israel.

    August 15, 2014 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  13. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Find me somebody who really gives a rip about this or him.

    August 15, 2014 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  14. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Lynda Minnesota
    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.
    -----------------------------------------------------
    The level of journalism and truly relevant political stories around these parts has never been anything to brag about around these parts, but there were significant decisions and events happening that made it worth returning here to chat about.
    The level of fluff, supposition, innuendoes, milking of off-the-cuff remarks made by irrelevant and obscure politicos does appear to be at an all-time high recently.

    August 15, 2014 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  15. 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.

    August 15, 2014 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  16. yerkiddinright

    Hopefully he'll stay there.

    August 15, 2014 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  17. Lynda/Minnesota

    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.
    --------–

    Uh-oh. Keep those eyes roving ... ! Solitary ... isn't the gift that keeps giving.

    August 15, 2014 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  18. aaron

    The Israelis should hunker down, get ready for some warnings about the dangers of birth control. Maybe they'll tire of him quickly, strap him to one of the missiles bound for Gaza.

    August 15, 2014 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  19. Al

    Any chance they will keep him.... Fingers crossed!

    August 15, 2014 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  20. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Lynda Minnesota
    Uh-oh. Keep those eyes roving ... ! Solitary ... isn't the gift that keeps giving.
    -----------------------------------------------------
    I almost got "busted" during my "dissertation" to tom l.

    August 15, 2014 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  21. 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.

    August 15, 2014 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  22. Thomas

    Great ,
    Another breeder with seven children going on a three day religious crusade to the Bible button .

    Just what the world needs ?

    August 15, 2014 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  23. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Dominican mama 4 Obama says:
    August 15, 2014 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm
    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.

    I know the feeling.....☺️☺️☺️☺️ We have several "wardens" doing the same thing here.... Or in my case overseers...😉☺️😉☺️

    August 15, 2014 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  24. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    And btw Lynda, that was the case I was referring to yesterday. I think I saw it on Dateline.

    August 15, 2014 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  25. Tone

    Know one in the GOP/RWNJ/ tearacist is relevant anymore.

    August 15, 2014 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
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