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Santorum busy making plans for 2012 bid

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      Alex Pappas

      Alex Pappas is a Washington D.C.-based political reporter for The Daily Caller. He has also written for The Washington Examiner and the Mobile Press-Register. Pappas is a graduate of The University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., where he was editor-in-chief of The Sewanee Purple. While in college, he did internships at NBC's Meet the Press and the White House. He grew up in Mobile, Ala., where he graduated from St. Paul's Episcopal School. He and his wife live on Capitol Hill.

In an interview with The Daily Caller, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum said he’s actively cultivating donors, staff and supporters so he’ll be in a position to run for president in 2012 as a Republican if he decides to do so by early next year.

“I’m going through the process of what someone who is seriously considering running would do,” Santorum said by phone, “in order for when the time comes to decide, I’m in a position that I have a choice.”

Santorum—who was elected to the Senate in 1994 but left in 2006 after losing his seat—said he plans to make a decision on a presidential bid by either the end of this year, or the beginning of 2011.

Three factors, Santorum said, will determine his decision:

The first is whether he finds his message resonating in today’s political environment. He is traveling around the country — in early primary states like Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina — giving speeches and participating in town meetings. He said he’s “getting reaction from people on what they think of the message, what they think of the messenger, what they think of my background and my accomplishments and how that fits into what people are looking for in 2012.”

A second consideration is whether he can raise the money necessary for a serious effort. “You can’t run a campaign unless you have resources,” he said. “I’m talking to folks about what resources might be available if I do this.” He said a recently convened meeting with his former Senate staffers, reported on by a number of news outlets, was for him to relay these plans for 2012, solicit advice and gauge interest.

Lastly, there are personal considerations. He said he’s not a millionaire like other potential candidates and “they don’t pay you a lot of money to run for president.” Santorum still must pay for the education of his seven kids, one of whom has health issues.

And then there’s the blood-thirsty media: “Life on the outside when—no offense—guys like you aren’t taking their microscopes out and looking at every singe aspect of what you said or what you’ve done in your life isn’t all that bad.”

  • akersm

    Christi and Ryan for 2012!!!!

  • des1

    Gee, was Tom Delay too busy? {/sarc}

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  • snowsoul

    So, this guy who couldn’t win an election in his own home state is looking to run for President? Can anyone remind me why we didn’t hear about George Allen in 2008? Or, for that matter, can anyone remind me what happened the last time a Presidential candidate lost his home state? I just can’t seem to remember…

    On a more serious note, this guy needs to step aside. He will not be President. We just had a President who had to have on the job training and we can see everyday how well that has worked out. He’s a moron of epic proportions for doing this. If he wants to run and get some confidence, he can run for Governor of Pennsylvania then if he wins consider the Presidency, until then, sit on the sidelines and allow the people who have an actual chance of winning to continue and don’t take money that can be used to defeat Obama.

  • adamincalifornia

    Stupid and divisive. The ultimate SoCon.

    Sounds like a nominee that will guarantee an Obama re-election and a broken economy for another generation.

  • borntoraisehogs

    Repeat offender has it right. Rick is like Romney without the brains and money. His creepy religious act makes Mormons look Orthodox.

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  • recidivist

    Sorry Rick, you’re as slippery as Romney. Don’t trust you. Give me a Ryan or a Rubio, someone that knows how to deal with money and the free-market system. Better still, someone that has run something. Look to the White house as a prime non-leadership, pay as you learn example. Show us a Governor or a business person ready, informed and prepared to fix this mess Obama, Pelosi and Reid are digging for us.

  • ohthehugemanatee

    As a Pennsylvanian, let me say no, no, and HE!! NO to Rick Santorum. The people of our state kicked him to the curb years ago. He is a rejected RINO.

    • des1

      Funny, he was accusing McCain of the same thing two years ago (after gladly accepting McCain’s help with fundraising during his failed Senate campaign).

      That’s the problem with these childish names to describe complex policy positions. Anyone can accuse anyone of being a “RINO” because they don’t like any of their given positions. It’s the ultimate dumb-down of philosophy.

  • brettrow

    I really like Rick but I dont see him as getting the nomination.