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    Just about everyone thinking about running for president is kicking it into gear now, slowpokes included.

  • Former Pennsylvania U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum responds to a question as he meets with reporters at The Citadel in Charleston, S.C., Monday, April 14, 2014. Santorum, who finished third in 2012 in the South Carolina GOP presidential primary, the first in the South, was attending several political events in the state. He said it will be next year before he makes a decision on making another run for the presidency. (AP Photo/Bruce Smith)

    Santorum: Security a key issue leading up to 2016

    Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum said Monday that foreign affairs, including the situation in the Ukraine, will be a key issue for the nation in the run up to the 2016 presidential election.

  • FILE - This Oct. 18, 2013, file photo, shows the White House in Washington. Getting ready to run for president means working through a hefty checklist of activities long before most people are paying attention to the contest ahead. Prep work, positioning and auditioning don't wait for the primary season. Just about everyone thinking about running for president is kicking it into gear now, slowpokes included. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

    Pace of presidential prep picks up

    Just about everyone thinking about running for president is kicking it into gear now, slowpokes included.

  • Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum sits on the set of Iowa Press before taping at the Iowa Public Television studios, Wednesday, March 26, 2014, in Johnston, Iowa. Santorum narrowly won the 2012 Iowa caucuses and has been ambivalent about whether he'll seek the GOP nomination a second time. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

    Santorum in Iowa: GOP still divided after RNC plan

    Elements of the Republican Party remain divided and distrustful of one another despite the yearlong effort by the Republican National Committee to unify competing factions, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum said in Iowa Wednesday.

  • The modern GOP really is Ronald Reagan's 'Big Tent' party

    The mainstream media have a meme they post over and over and over: The Republican Party is in "disarray." Sometimes they say it's "divided." Or there's "discord," or "dissension," or "dysfunction." Other times, the GOP is ripped apart by "disunity" or "disharmony."

  • Former Sen. Rick Santorum (above) of Pennsylvania, Texas Gov. Rick Perry (below left) and Sen. Mike Lee of Utah are three potential Republican presidential hopefuls who have made the trek to Iowa this year. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, other possible 2016 contenders, have yet to travel to the Hawkeye State this year. (Associated Press photographs)

    CPAC 2014: Santorum: GOP needs positive message to counter Obama

    Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum on Thursday delivered some tough love to conservatives and Republicans, telling them it's easy to blast President Obama but that they'd be better served getting their own messaging in order first.

  • Supporter of Republican presidential candidate former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, Foster Friess, during a meet and greet campaign stop at Pizza Ranch, Monday, Jan. 2, 2012, in Altoona, Iowa. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

    Foster Friess: Rick Santorum 'needs to be heard' in 2016

    Foster Friess, the billionaire who backed Mr. Santorum's dark-horse run in 2012, said Friday that he will back Mr. Santorum in the 2016 election.

  • A fast 2014 start on presidential prep

    This is a year of auditioning, positioning, networking and just plain hard work for people who are considering running for president in 2016.

  • Iowa Republican Party chairman A.J. Spiker.

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    The same rift between insurgent Republicans and old-line party establishment figures that is rattling Washington is also playing out in states such as Iowa, where open warfare has broken out between veteran GOP operatives and the state party chairman, an ally of former Rep. Ron Paul of Texas.

  • Fox News commentator and author Bill O'Reilly. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Invsion/AP, File)

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  • Sen. Ted Cruz R-Texas addresses the Values Voter Summit, held by the Family Research Council Action, Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, in Washington. ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

    Cruz crushes field in presidential straw poll at Values Voters Summit

    Sen. Ted Cruz trounced the competition in the presidential straw poll at the 2013 Values Voters Summit, with Dr. Ben Carson and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum coming in a distant second and third places — highlighting how Mr. Cruz has become a rock star with grassroots conservatives.

  • Rick Santorum, the former Republican presidential candidate who is now heading EchoLight Studios, said he will stay involved with various businesses and political organizations. "Unlike some people who run for office, I've got to work," he joked. (Associated Press)

    Ex-Sen. Rick Santorum opposes U.S. strike in Syria

    Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, the runner-up in the 2012 GOP presidential race, said Thursday that Congress should oppose President Obama's push for military strikes against Syrian President Bashar Assad.

  • Associated Press

    Rick Santorum tests his mojo in Iowa

    Rick Santorum, the runner-up to Mitt Romney in the overall GOP presidential nomination battle, is back in Iowa on a three-day summer tour this week, checking to see whether he still has any of the magic that helped him win the state's caucuses last year.

  • Chelsea Clinton, former first daughter, already is crafting a consistent message and talking points, a seeming indicator she's drawn to public life. She told CNN she has sought a "purposefully public life." (Associated Press)

    Inside the Beltway: Very robust Reince Priebus

    Many have complained that the Grand Old Party has gotten "squishy" on policy and in demeanor, lacking the backbone of a more robust era. Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus appears ready to challenge that perception, and likely will provide some show-stopping political theater in the near future.

  • Will 2016 GOP nominee be a fresh upstart or a 2012 redux candidate?

    They may have been "beat like baby seals" in the 2012 Republican primaries, but a little more than a year later, some of those losers are already sounding out their chances to try again in 2016.

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  • He said it will be next year before he makes a decision on making another run for the presidency.

  • "Clearly there's a lot going on politically and first and foremost is the 2014 campaign. We have to keep our eyes focused on that and get the Senate back and that's a very important think I will be working on," Santorum said.

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