Rick Santorum searches for elusive spark in Republican debate

November 9, 2011

The Pennsylvania senator has made a name for himself in the 2012 presidential contest in two ways.

First, he has made more stops in Iowa than anybody. And second, he has been the quickest to criticize his opponents when questions are raised about their records or personal lives.

This strategy has enabled Santorum to remain part of the conversation, but it hasn’t done much to help him rise in the polls.

When it comes down to it, the former senator has really been the only candidate on the debate stage who hasn’t looked like he could be a frontrunner at any point in this process. Given his lackluster fundraising, that has shown no signs of changing.

Santorum needs something to change, but at this point, it’s not clear what that is or how he could become a contender.

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Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix, the Post’s top political blog.
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