Religious Conservative Rick Santorum Dips Toe in Presidential Waters

The former Pennsylvania senator heads to Iowa. Will any moderates run for the presidential nomination?

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By Dan Gilgoff, God & Country

Politico reports that former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum is dipping a toe in the presidential waters, with a handful of appearances in Iowa this fall.

The 2012 Republican field is filling up with religious conservatives, despite the conventional wisdom that the GOP must regain the middle after losing big in 2008. Besides Santorum, a darling of the Christian right who got trounced by Bob Casey Jr. in Pennsylvania in 2006, there's:

  • Sarah Palin
  • Bobby Jindal
  • Newt Gingrich
  • Mike Huckabee
  • Mitt Romney
  • Tim Pawlenty
  • Are there any avowed moderates who are being talked about as Republican contenders in '12?

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