White House Watch: Rick Santorum

Rick Santorum (Shawna Shepherd CNN)

He’s the former U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania, who finished second in the Republican Party’s 2012 nominating process and rumors abound Rick Santorum may just campaign for the nation’s highest office again.

Santorum, 56, is expected to announce his Presidential plans later this month, telling the Politico news organization he will return to his hometown of Butler, Pennsylvania on May 27 to make his decision known.

“Taking about what we can do to help strengthen that family structure is going to be certainly part of the campaign,” Santorum said in the interview with Politico’s Nick Gass.

Santorum has a history of antagonizing the gay and lesbian community. He has consistently spoken against same-sex marriage and once compared homosexuality to bestiality.

A devout and practicing Roman Catholic, Santorum received more than four million votes during his 2012 campaign, including victories in 11 primaries and caucuses. Conventional wisdom suggests he is next in line for the Republican Party’s nod based on the theory that a candidate waits their turn as did previous nominees John McCain (2008) and Mitt Romney (2012).

Santorum’s campaign this go-around appears to be an attempt to recast himself as a fighter for working families.

“It’s time to put politics and profits aside and side with the average working American,” Santorum is quoted on his Facebook page.

Known for his bruising style in the GOP debates, Santorum has stated America should bomb the terrorist group ISIS “back to the 7th Century.” Santorum and wife Karen, a nurse, have eight children.


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