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Santorum ‘absolutely’ considering 2012 bid, says Palin has ‘some explaining’ to do if she runs.

By Ben Armbruster  

"Santorum ‘absolutely’ considering 2012 bid, says Palin has ‘some explaining’ to do if she runs."

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In September, former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) told Catholic leaders that he was “thinking about” a run for the GOP nomination for president in 2012. “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,” he said. Today on ABC’s Top Line, Santorum appeared to be leaning more towards running. “Absolutely — absolutely taking a look,” he said, adding, “[W]e need to stand foursquare on the traditional values.” When asked if Sarah Palin — another potential GOP candidate — is qualified to be president, Santorum dodged and later took a veiled shot at the former Alaska governor:

SANTORUM: No, I’ll let the people decide that. I think, you know, she’s done a lot to draw attention to herself that’s positive. She’s done some things that, you know, certainly are going to cause her to have to do some explaining if she runs for president. But right now I think she’s on a roll, she’s having a good time, she’s having an impact.

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Back in July, Santorum said Palin is one of his wife’s “biggest fans” but added that Palin’s resignation as Alaska governor “hurt women in politics.”

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