ICYMI: Santorum campaigns for GOP candidates in Iowa and South Dakota

VERONA, PA - Former Republican presidential candidate, former U.S. Senator, and Chairman of Patriot Voices Rick Santorum campaigned in Iowa and South Dakota this week on behalf of Republican candidates.  Santorum urged conservative activists and voters to get out the vote for Republicans up and down the ballot, to show that they "want it more" this November than the liberals on the other side of the aisle.

Here is a recap of the coverage Senator Santorum received on his campaign swing this week:

RealClearPolitics: "Santorum gearing up "as if I'm running" in 2016

By: Scott Conroy

... "Santorum spoke by phone from South Dakota where he is slated to appear at a Wednesday event in support of that state's former governor Mike Rounds. Once considered a shoe-in for the open South Dakota Senate seat, Rounds now has a real race on his hands against Democrat Rick Weiland and independent Larry Pressler, and Santorum's appearance on the Republican's behalf is designed to help rally conservatives to Rounds' cause.

Santorum has quietly been helping other embattled GOP candidates up for election next month, while keeping his own sights trained on 2016.  

"I'm doing everything right now as if I'm running," he said. "So we're moving forward and trying to line up supporters -- both grassroots and donors. We're talking to folks who might be interested after the [midterm] election to come and help the team, so we're starting to put the pieces together, but we're not going to make the final decision until 2015."...

Quad City Times: "Santorum beats drum for conservatives"

By: Ed Tibbetts

Rick Santorum, the winner of the 2012 Iowa Republican presidential caucuses, was back in the Quad-Cities on Wednesday night, challenging a roomful of conservatives to do something to change the trajectory of a country he sees as critically changed....

Dubuque Times Herald: "Santorum rips 'out-of-touch' Obama"

By: Thomas Barton

Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, who was a 2012 Republican presidential candidate, lambasted President Barack Obama and Democrats on Wednesday for underestimating threats posed by militants in Iraq and Syria.

Santorum, speaking at the Dubuque County Republican offices as part of a statewide bus tour backed by social conservatives, went after an "out-of-touch" Obama for not realizing the nature of the threat posed by the Islamic State group, describing the conflict in the Middle East as a "clash of civilizations," and calling the president's plan of using airstrikes against ISIS targets as "weak."

Rapid City Journal: "Santorum endorses Rounds in Rapid City"

By: Seth Tupper

Former presidential candidate Rick Santorum delivered an in-person endorsement Tuesday to Mike Rounds in Rapid City.

Santorum, a Republican former senator from Pennsylvania, and Rounds attended a Family Heritage Alliance banquet at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center. Rounds is running for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by the retiring Sen. Tim Johnson, a Democrat.

Santorum praised Rounds during a brief meeting with reporters before the banquet.

"What you need is someone who's got strong core convictions, who understands the proper role of government and has the courage to go out and stand up in Washington, D.C., to fight for those," Santorum said. "And on every count, I think Mike Rounds checks."

Rounds said he is proud to have Santorum's support..."

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