Santorum Announces Presidential Bid

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Former Sen. Rick Santorum prepares for his June 6 appearance on Good Morning America. Santorum announced his intention to run in the 2012 Presidential race on the show on Monday morning.

Former Senator Rick Santorum formally entered the race for the 2012 Republican nomination on Monday. He announced his intentions on ABC’s Good Morning America.

“We’re ready to announce that we are going to be in this race and we’re in it to win,” Santorum told GMA reporter George Stephanopoulos.

Santorum served Pennsylvania for two terms in the Senate, but was defeated by Senator Bob Casey in 2006.

“In 2006, by everybody’s estimation was a pretty bad time for a Republican and particularly for a conservative in states like Pennsylvania. And I stood up, and I didn’t back away. I didn’t back down on trying to reform the Social Security system,” Santorum told Stephanopoulos.

“I did some things that were very unpopular; but if you look back at what I did and when I did it, people can say: ‘You know what, he may have lost but he didn’t flinch; he stood by what he believed in and continued to fight to the end.’”

Santorum is trailing in the GOP field, according to a May 26 Gallup poll. Only 2 percent of respondents supported Santorum, putting him behind Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin and Ron Paul at 17, 15 and 10 percent respectively.

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