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Santorum forms campaign committee

Thu., April 14, 2011

MANCHESTER, N.H. – Former Sen. Rick Santorum on Wednesday announced a fundraising committee that allows him to take the first steps toward a presidential campaign.

Santorum, a favorite of social conservatives who served two terms in the Senate from Pennsylvania, has been busy laying the groundwork for an expected presidential bid for months. He lacks the name recognition and fundraising organization of his better-known rivals but social conservatives who hold huge sway in some of the early nominating contests are far from settled on a preferred candidate.

“Now, the only test for me is whether we can raise the money that’s necessary,” Santorum told Fox News, where he worked as a contributor until the network put him on leave while he mulled a White House bid. “We’re going to determine over the next few weeks as to whether the resources are going to be there.”

Santorum, a blunt-talking conservative who once was the No. 3 Senate Republican, has made frequent visits to the early nominating states of New Hampshire, Iowa and South Carolina. Today, he is scheduled to lead a town hall-style meeting at New England College in Henniker, N.H.

Santorum, 52, enters the campaign with hurdles. He lost to Democrat Bob Casey in 2006 and has been out of elective office since 2007. He lacks the robust fundraising or personal wealth of his likely rivals.


 

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