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Santorum: 'I'm Open' to 2016 Run

NOV 26, 2012

Former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum says he is “open” to another run for president in 2016. Santorum was asked about a possible presidential campaign Monday at THE WEEKLY STANDARD.

“I’m open to it, yeah,” Santorum replied. “I think there’s a fight right now as to what the soul of the Republican party’s going to be and the conservative movement, and we have something to say about that. I think from our battle, we’re not going to leave the field.”

In 2012, Santorum won nearly 4 million votes and 11 GOP primary contests—the same number of states, he pointed out, Ronald Reagan won in his failed 1976 presidential bid. The nomination eventually went to Mitt Romney, whom Santorum argued did not focus on what he considered the “main issue” of the race: The role of government in the lives of Americans.

“We didn’t make that argument in this race. Our candidate didn’t make that argument, as some of us said during the campaign, because he was not capable of making that argument,” Santorum said. “In my opinion, what could have been and what should have been a referendum election on what it means to be an American, what it means for us as a country to head down the road toward European socialism, we just simply didn’t make the argument at a time when I think America was ripe to hear the argument.”

The former senator argued the GOP could have performed better in the Midwest with a candidate, and a party, that did not “look askance” at a populist economic and social message. Santorum said he will be working with his organization, Patriot Voices, over the next couple of years. “We’re going to talk about all of the issues with an emphasis on cultural issues,” he said.

Santorum served in the House of Representatives for two terms and in 1994 was elected to the first of two terms in the Senate. He lost his 2006 reelection battle to Democrat Bob Casey by 18 points.

by Anonymousreply 811/26/2012

Rick, please don't.

by Anonymousreply 111/26/2012

[quote]Santorum said he will be working with his organization, Patriot Voices, over the next couple of years.

I wonder why he forgot to mention his other organization, Opus Dei.

by Anonymousreply 211/26/2012

The only Santorum that will be running in 2016 is the frothy mixture coming out of his ass.

by Anonymousreply 311/26/2012

Open? Gaping open.

by Anonymousreply 411/26/2012

I knew he'd be back the day he conceded the nomination.

by Anonymousreply 511/26/2012

Do you mean because the Runner Up usually runs the next time, R5?

by Anonymousreply 611/26/2012

From your cunty lips, R6, to the goddess' ears. Another Democratic victory assured.

by Anonymousreply 711/26/2012

"I'll give Santorum a piece of my mind in the 2016 Repug primary debates," states Chris Christie.

"I won't," added Marco Rubio.

by Anonymousreply 811/26/2012
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