Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum Running For President In 2012

Former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum announced Wednesday night that he will explore a run for the Republican presidential nomination, making him the second Republican contender in as many days to make his intentions official.

Santorum announced the formation of the Rick Santorum Exploratory Committee on Fox News Channel, where he was a contributor before he began signaling he may launch a presidential bid earlier this year.

The announcement does not come as a surprise. Santorum has spent the past few months visiting early primary states and has committed to several Republican primary debates, including one in South Carolina on May 5.

Santorum, a favorite of social conservatives, is a staunch opponent of abortion rights and stem-cell research. He served in the U.S. Senate from 1995-2007, and was defeated for a third term by Democrat Bob Casey.

On April 9, Santorum won the straw poll at the Greenville Country Republican convention — South Carolina’s largest county.

Read more from Jackie Kucinich at USA Today

 

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