Santorum Says He Isn't Planning To Seek the Presidency in 2008

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) said yesterday that he does not plan to run for president in 2008. The conservative lawmaker said during a discussion of his new book on that his "intention is not to run."

"I have six children ages 4-14. And the idea of coming off a race of the intensity that I am engaged in at this point and turning around and running another two-year campaign for president is not something that I believe is in the best interest of my family," Santorum wrote in response to a questioner who wanted to know why every politician "coyly" denies being interested in running for president. "I can't speak for other politicians but I can speak for me, and my intention is not to run in 2008."

Santorum, author of "It Takes a Family: Conservatism and the Common Good," has been mentioned as a possible White House contender. But the two-term senator is facing a tough reelection fight next year against Democrat Robert P. Casey Jr., the son of a former governor, and is considered one of his party's most vulnerable incumbents.

-- Brian Faler

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