ICYMI: Santorum Attends Swearing-In Ceremony in Harrisburg as Guest of New State Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman and House Speaker Mike Turzai

Verona, PA - In case you missed it, former U.S. Senator, former Republican presidential candidate and chairman of Patriot Voices Rick Santorum traveled to Harrisburg, PA this week to attend the legislative swearing-in ceremony at the state capitol.  Below are excerpts from press accounts about the day:

Harrisburg Patriot-News: Rick Santorum, GOP's surprising 2012 runner-up, visits old friends in Harrisburg and talks 2016

Former U.S. senator and erstwhile Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum never served in the Pennsylvania Legislature. But in a very real way, he traces his political origins to some of those who served here.  That's one reason why the one-time state Capitol staffer sat in as perhaps the guest with the highest national profile to attend Tuesday's legislative swearing-in ceremonies in Harrisburg.

Santorum, in a brief interview with PennLive, noted his political career effectively started in 1977 when, as a student at Penn State University, he worked on the special election campaign of former State Sen. J. Doyle Corman.  Doyle Corman's son, Jake, was in junior high school then.

Many years later, the younger Corman would work in Santorum's Harrisburg U.S. Senate office. And Tuesday, for Jake Corman's first day as majority leader of the Pennsylvania Senate, Santorum said he wanted to help celebrate....

After the Capitol festivities, Santorum, one of many potential candidates for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, retreated to the Pennsylvania Manufacturers Association offices on State Street for a meet and greet with those interested in hearing about his plans for that race...

But the former Pennsylvania senator's appeal surprised a lot of folks in 2012, and there are those who believe it's worth another run.  As [PMA President Fred] Anton put it in his invitation, "I am a strong believer in Rick's political future."

The Philadelphia Inquirer: In Harrisburg, Santorum talks presidential bid

Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum met Tuesday with top state Republicans and supporters in Harrisburg to discuss a possible 2016 campaign for the White House, the latest sign that he wants another shot after finishing second to GOP nominee Mitt Romney three years ago.  The 60-person conclave at the Pennsylvania Manufacturers Association was arranged by Frederick W. Anton, the advocacy group's president and a pillar of the state Republican establishment, and was marked by 90 minutes of give and take.

"I talked about the future of the conservative movement, and where the Republican Party has to be in terms of addressing the concerns of ordinary Americans," Santorum said later. "We need to get America working, start uniting people."

Though he became well-known as an opponent of abortion and same-sex marriage, Santorum has spent the last couple of years stressing the need for conservatives to reach out to working-class voters with policies to restore U.S. manufacturing and address income inequality. He is one of the few GOP leaders backing a minimum wage hike, for instance.

He said Tuesday he has not made a "final call" about the race, but things appear to be coming together.

Santorum also has invited about two dozen former advisers for a "private briefing" on his plans in Washington next Tuesday. The meeting is scheduled to be held at American Continental Group, a lobbying and public-affairs firm, according to an e-mail invitation circulated by Matt Beynon, a spokesman for Santorum's 2012 presidential campaign.

Santorum won four million votes and carried primaries or caucuses in 11 states, making him the last Republican standing against Romney. A favorite of grassroots conservatives who mistrusted the former venture capitalist and Massachusetts governor, Santorum dropped out of the race in April, just before the Pennsylvania primary....

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