Santorum ‘thinking about’ a run for president in 2012.

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ap061107017693 When U.S. Catholic leaders on Friday “challenged” Rick Santorum to run for president in 2012, the former Republican Pennsylvania senator admitted that he was indeed “thinking about it.” Santorum told the annual Catholic Leadership Conference that he was torn between concerns for his family and the “real opportunity for success”:

“On the other side,” he added, “as a father, I’ve got to think about whether they are going to have a country to live in … Are they going to be able to practice their faith in a way that’s consistent with what the Church teaches.”

The last consideration in favor of his run was on the practical level. He said: “Six months ago I would not have spent ten seconds on your question, but it’s not six months ago. I see that, I hate to be calculating, but I see that 2012 is not just throwing somebody out to be eaten, but it’s a real opportunity for success.

In closing he said that while he was “thinking about it”, it is the first time his ambition which is, as he said, “in his DNA” was checked by a resistance saying, “no, I’m not sure.”

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