Former senator and 2012 Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum said Wednesday that he’s "very open about taking another run" for the White House.
"Right now I’m just doing everything I would be doing if I was going to run," he said in a taping on the Iowa Public Television program "Iowa Press.”
"I’m here, I’m going to be around the country," he said. "I’m very concerned about our country . . . particularly a lot of people in the middle of America who are full of fear and don’t think things are getting better and don’t see either party as the answer to the problem."
The former senator from Pennsylvania said that's what he took from the race in 2012, when he ran
against eventual GOP nominee Mitt Romney, "that sense at the heartland of America that average working people are feeling left out by both parties."
After telling his "Iowa Press" interviewer that "we’ll wait and see if that turns into a campaign," Santorum added: "No question about it, I’m very open about taking another run."
Along with speaking to local media in Iowa, Santorum also was meeting with senior strategists who guided his January 2012 victory in the Iowa caucuses, CNN reported,
citing an unnamed Santorum aide.
Santorum also will headline a fundraiser for Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz, who's running for Congress, CNN reported, noting that Schultz endorsed Santorum just before the 2012 Iowa caucuses even though he and Romney share the Mormon faith.
Santorum edged out Romney to narrowly win the caucuses after a long recount.
Santorum told Time magazine in an interview last week that if he were to make a 2016 run, it would be different from his campaign four years ago.
"I’d raise a lot more money," he said.
"We’d have to have a stronger team and a stronger fundraising base."
Santorum has said Romney outspent him by a margin of 12-1 in the key battleground state of Ohio
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