Sept 2 —
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Rick Santorum is making a campaign swing through Pennsylvania — the state he formerly represented in the U.S. Senate — seeking supporters and cash for his longshot presidential campaign.
At a Harrisburg news conference Tuesday, Santorum said his fourth-place finish in this month's Iowa straw poll showed that his conservative message and his Senate experience resonate with Republican voters.
Santorum, who was the No. 3 Senate Republican when Democrat Bob Casey unseated him in 2006, says he decided to run for president because he felt a personal calling to do so. He has nicknamed his campaign "The Little Engine That Could."
Now a Virginia resident, Santorum says he's holding three fundraisers during a three-day swing through his native Pennsylvania that's scheduled to end in the Pittsburgh area on Wednesday.
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