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Santorum ‘open’ to 2016 run

Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) is mulling running for president in 2016.

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“I’m open to looking into a presidential race in 2016,” Santorum said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “But we got a little ways, we got elections in 2014.”

Santorum was one of a handful of Republican presidential candidates to buck the establishment and rise in the polls during the 2012 GOP presidential primaries. He was Mitt Romney’s primary rival before exiting the race in early April, which effectively cleared the path for the former Massachusetts governor's nomination.


It’s uncertain whether Santorum could duplicate that effort in 2016, as he’d likely face a crowded field of popular and up-and-coming Republicans, including New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, and Sens. Rand Paul (Ky.), Marco Rubio (Fla.) and Ted Cruz (Texas).

Santorum had been slated to speak at the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition in May but canceled the trip after being hospitalized with an illness.