Two Ricks don’t make it for 2016. Rick Perry, my absolute fave in 2012 is a very successful conservative governor with a real record, but he is a klutzy debater, and even though all his ideas are now being claimed by those who pelted him in the primaries, he can’t be a candidate again. Rick Santorum, has no record of success- nada-zilch- defeated as incumbent senator in Pennsylvania-lackluster, charmless, and not very likeable. Make way for 2016 without recycled candidates…..rsk
Almost everybody has written off Rick Santorum as a 2016 contender — everybody, that is, except Rick Santorum.
Behind the scenes, the former Pennsylvania senator is quietly preparing for another presidential run. Trips to Iowa are in the works, he’s meeting daily with his advisers, and he’s already fine-tuning his message for the early primaries.
Hints of that pitch came last Thursday during a fiery speech at the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s summer conference. Santorum cast himself as a populist conservative. “When all you do is talk to people who are owners,” he warned, the GOP becomes nothing more than a social club for entrepreneurs.
For Santorum, it marked the start of his unofficial campaign. He tells me he plans to build upon his speech’s theme in the coming months, positioning himself as a conservative outsider.
“Some of the Wall Street folks have hijacked the party,” he says. “But we can’t just be a party that’s aligned with where the money comes from.”