Rick Santorum is leaving the door open to another possible run for the presidency, but refused to say for certain whether he would be a candidate in 2016.
Appearing on Fox News’s “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren,” the Pennsylvania Republican said Thursday night he plans to continue speaking out regardless of whether he runs again because “there are a lot of issues out there that I feel very deeply about that I think we introduced into the debate.”
“I think the values that I talked about throughout this campaign are ones that resonate,” he said, adding: “There’s still a lot of people in this country who still believe in the things that made this country great.”
Santorum suspended his campaign for the GOP nomination on Tuesday. He told Van Susteren he made the decision based on a number of factors, including money. He said raising campaign funds had become more difficult because of a media “narrative” suggesting it was impossible for him to overtake front-runner Mitt Romney.
“It was just this — the entire week leading up to Wisconsin was — when are you getting out of the race? Why are you still in the race? It’s over,” said Santorum, who lost the Wisconsin primary to Romney.
“It’s hard to cut through that. And we were finding it very, very difficult to do that,” he added.
But Santorum, who often sparred with reporters over their coverage of his campaign, said it was his fault and not the media’s that his message was lost on a lot of voters.
“I don’t blame the media. The media was doing what they thought was a story,” he said.
“If we didn’t do a good enough job in communicating our message, you can’t rely on the media to do that for you. It would be nice if they would, but you can’t.”
Asked about whether he plans to endorse Romney, Gingrich, or Paul, Santorum said for the moment he’s more focused on “how I’m going to put food on the table for the family.”
But he added: “One way or another, we’re going to stay active and involved in trying to take the energy and enthusiasm around what we were talking about and . . . go out and voice those concerns, and hopefully, rally people to make some big changes in the fall.”
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