CNN: 2016 watch: Santorum's busy day in Iowa


The former senator from Pennsylvania and GOP presidential candidate who battled eventual nominee Mitt Romney deep into the 2012 Republican primary calendar has a jam packed 24-hour visit to Iowa. An aide to the former senator tells CNN that Santorum, who's considering another bid for the White House, will meet with senior strategists who guided his January 2012 victory in the Iowa caucuses.

Santorum, who remains popular with social and fiscal conservatives, will also do numerous local interviews with Iowa media and hold a press gaggle with reporters. And he'll headline a fundraiser for Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz, who's running for Congress in a district that stretches from Des Moines to Council Bluffs. Schultz endorsed Santorum just before the 2012 Iowa caucuses, even though he and Romney share the same Mormon faith. Santorum edged out Romney to narrowly win the caucuses, in a delayed and disputed vote count.

Santorum has been very open about the possibility of a second White House run, and Virginia Davis, a senior Santorum adviser, hammered that point home, telling CNN that "Senator Santorum is taking a serious look at a presidential run in 2016."

In a recent interview with Time Magazine, Santorum said that if he were to launch another campaign for the GOP nomination, "I'd raise a lot more money. We'd have to have a stronger team, and a stronger fundraising base."

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