Campaigning in Iowa will be a family affair for Rick Santorum. Lagging behind other presidential candidates such as Mitt Romeny, Michele Bachmann and Herman Cain in terms of name recognition and cash flow, Santorum is billing himself as the underdog for the Ames, IA, straw poll on Aug. 13. Getting his family involved in the campaign is part of the image. From ABC News:
He says it’s not as hectic as you might imagine – but that’s when they are all together. He says logistics get “challenging” when the family is in different parts of the state. His kids enjoy politics—at least the older ones. Twenty-year-old Elizabeth is studying political science in college and 18-year-old John–who is out campaigning with his dad on his current trip is considering deferring college for a year to help on the trail.
All will have roles at the straw poll, with one or two handing out 40 jars of homemade peach jam that Santorum and his wife [Karen] made before leaving Pennsylvania.
Santorum has seven kids total, ranging from age 3 to 20.
Check out the ad his campaign cut poking fun at his “family tour”: