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Is Rick Santorum Going to Run for President Again?

"America loves an underdog."

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum gestures as he speaks at the 40th annual Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Md., Friday, March 15, 2013. Credit: AP

Rick Santorum may be gearing up to run for president as a Republican candidate in 2016. The Washington Post's Karen Tumulty writes, "Santorum is running again. The question is whether, as the race heads to new terrain, he’ll still be able to keep the pace."

“America loves an underdog. We’re definitely the underdog in this race,” he said. But Santorum reportedly argued he’s in a better place to execute a better campaign than his 2012 effort. “I get the game,” he said.

However, Santorum previously said he would announce his decision about a White House run in June 2015.

More from the Washington Post:

The former senator hopes to revive his profile in the coming months with a series of trips to the early-contest states of Iowa, South Carolina and New Hampshire.

Santorum and his wife, Karen, have also written a book, due out in February, about their family’s experiences since the birth of their daughter Bella, who has a rare, usually deadly genetic condition called Trisomy 18.

Reflecting on how a presidential campaign could be different this time around, Santorum said: “We’re just obviously in a better place right now. Our message will be a lot more focused this time than it was last time.”

Santorum plans to attend a conservative summit in Iowa next month, along with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie — all possible 2016 contenders.

This story has been updated.

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