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Former Sen. Rick Santorum: I'm on the (Pre-)Campaign Trail

Former Sen. Rick Santorum: I'm on the (Pre-)Campaign Trail
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By    |   Friday, 23 January 2015 03:19 PM

Rick Santorum still isn't saying whether he'll run for president next year — but the former Pennsylvania senator is vigorously traveling around the country like a politician who wants to be in the White House.

"We're going through the process that everybody's going through right now, which is to get out across the country, deliver the message you believe is the right message to unify the country and put us back on the right foot here at home and overseas," Santorum said Friday on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

"[We'll] see what kind of support we get both on the ground and financially and make a decision probably sometime late spring, early summer. I don't think there's really any hurry."

"The debates the Republican National Committee set up don't start until the late summer. So there's going to a window for us to really get a good sense of whether the necessary elements are there to make a good run."

Santorum, who failed to secure the GOP nomination that Mitt Romney scored in 2012, said he's not bothered by the crowded field of potential Republican candidates — over two dozen — who are mulling runs.

"It doesn't matter to me. From my perspective, the more the merrier. We have a wonderful group of folks here in Iowa, across the country, who were involved with us last time and have stayed involved with our organization, Patriot Voices," Santorum said.

"And many of them are ready to jump if we decide to make that announcement. I don't know if other folks are in similarly situated positions.

"I feel like we don't have to really worry about what anybody else does. We have to just focus on whether we have a viable path forward."

Santorum, now the CEO of EchoLight Studios, which produces family-friendly motion pictures, said potential Republican candidates are attempting to strategize to avoid any friction that could hurt the party.

"I've talked to a couple of prospective candidates, both on the phone … and others just in casual conversations," he said.

"My conversations have always been about how we're going to make sure that we have a primary that is not destructive, that isn't just about tearing down one side or the other side.

"That doesn't mean we don't challenge each other on the issues. We do. But we try to play in a way that doesn't hurt our chances in the fall and that tenor and that tone should be really what all these conversations are about."

Whether that was the goal of Thursday's meeting between former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney — both weighing presidential bids — Santorum said he couldn't say.

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