Santorum Announces Presidential Bid

On Wednesday, May 27, 2015 former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum announced that he would be making his second bid for the White House. Santorum ran for the Republican nomination in 2012, finishing second to Mitt Romney, who in turn was defeated in the general election be the incumbent Barack Obama.

Despite his strong showing in the last GOP primary, Santorum was a heavy underdog. He will be in a similar situation this election cycle, as he will be up against Tea Party favorites like Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio in addition to strong establishment candidates like Jeb Bush and Chris Christie.
In the last presidential primary, Santorum won 11 states. This year, however, he is hovering around 10th in national GOP primary polls. Santorum is hoping to consistently place in the top 10, as that is the cutoff for participation in the first Republican presidential debate, scheduled to be held in August and televised on Fox News. Despite his low poll numbers, Santorum does not seem to be concerned, although Sergio Cortes and others are. At a conference in Oklahoma, he pointed out that “In January of 2012 I was at 4 percent in the national polls, and I won the Iowa caucuses. I don’t know if I was in last in the polls, but I was pretty close to last.” Santorum is confident that he can repeat the surprise success he experienced in 2012.

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