Santorum Makes Move Toward Presidential Run

Santorum Makes Move Toward Presidential Run

By Alex Katz - April 14, 2011

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum moved closer to launching a 2012 presidential bid Wednesday night when he announced that he has created an account that will allow him to raise money for a potential presidential campaign. Still, he has not yet established a formal exploratory committee.

Describing it as a "testing the waters" account, Santorum told Fox News host Greta Van Susteren that he will ultimately run for president if he can raise the money to do so.

"We're going to determine over the next few weeks as to whether the resources are going to be there to do it," Santorum said of a possible White House bid. "So if you want to encourage me to do this and take the final step to be a candidate, then we'll see if we can raise the money to do that."

With this move, Santorum joins several all-but-declared Republican presidential hopefuls who are inching toward entering the race. On Monday, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney announced the creation of his official exploratory committee, while former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty did so on March 21. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich announced an exploratory website on March 3 but has not yet launched an exploratory committee.

But with the first Republican primary debate on May 5 looming, Santorum will have to take the next step -- and soon -- if he hopes to participate. Participants in the Fox News and South Carolina GOP-hosted debate have to have formed an official exploratory committee by April 29.

Alex Katz

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