Union Leader: Santorum talks what it will take in 2016

Senior Political Reporter
NASHUA — For Rick Santorum, the decision on whether to run again for President in 2016 is truly personal as well as political.

“People say that these are all political decision, but they’re not,” he said in an interview. “For me, they are absolutely not.”
While he looks to the months after the mid-term elections in November to make a decision, “I’m doing everything consistent with keeping my options open to do this again.”

“The first thing you need to do is find out whether there is anyone out there willing to help you,” he said, but in 2016, he said, “It’s a whole different story. It’s wide open.”

But he said that he has “always been underestimated” throughout his political career.

“I’ve always been comfortable laying below the radar.”

Santorum returned to New Hampshire Friday as a featured speaker at the Northeast Republican Leadership Conference, hosted by the state Republican Party, in Nashua.

During his speech, he hit the blue-collar themes that marked his 2012 presidential run, when he won the Iowa caucus and then finished fourth in the New Hampshire primary. His emerged for a lengthy period during the campaign as the top challenger to nominee Mitt Romney.

He urged about 300 Republicans to follow their principles and urged GOP leaders to “stop nominating folks who apologize for what we are.” He noted that President Barack Obama did not apologize or ignore the principles he believed in when he ran for President the first time.

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