Run, Ricky, Run!

Santorum to dip toe in Iowa presidential waters

Published August 12, 2009 12:55PM (EDT)

Politico is reporting that former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum will be heading to Iowa to test the presidential waters:

POLITICO has learned Santorum will visit first-in-the-nation Iowa this fall for a series of appearances before the sort of conservative activists who dominate the state GOP’s key presidential caucuses.

The Pennsylvanian, who lost his 2006 re-election bid, will visit Iowa on October 1st, appearing on a Des Moines radio talk show and speaking to a luncheon and workshop of Iowa’s Right to Life group before heading east to Dubuque, where he’ll headline a fundraiser for the conservative America’s Future Fund PAC and then speak about the future of the GOP to a public audience in the Mississippi River city.

“Your voice becomes more amplified when you go to a place like Iowa or New Hampshire,” Santorum explained in an interview Tuesday about the visit.

Like other potential White House aspirants, he insisted it was too early to consider a presidential run. But he acknowledged that he was interested in taking a higher profile in the party.

A few requests to share as you begin packing:

  1. Please run for president, Rick.
  2. Please "amplify your voice" by taking a higher profile in the Republican Party.
  3. Please distinguish your presidential campaign by staking out strong, unequivocal socially-conservative positions on abortion, evolution, gay rights, global warming and so on.
  4. Please rally the birthers, the health care protesters, the CUFI crowd, and related fringe groups to your side as one big, merry band of crusaders.
  5. Please win the 2012 Republican nomination.
  6. Please pluck television talk show host and former Alaska governor Sarah Palin from non-obscurity by tapping her to be your vice presidential running mate.
  7. Oh, and yeah: Please be gracious during your election night concession speech.

By Thomas Schaller

Thomas F. Schaller is professor of political science at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and the author of "Whistling Past Dixie: How Democrats Can Win Without the South." Follow him @schaller67.

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