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U.S. Senator Santorum: ‘not to run’ in 2008 Presidential race

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Senator Rick Santorum wrote Monday that his "intention is not to run" in the GOP nomination for president. The two-term senator from Pennsylvania was among names mentioned as a contender to the White House in the next presidential election in 2008.

Santorum faces a tough re-election challenge in his home state during the upcoming mid-term elections next year, where he is considered vulnerable against Democratic challenger and state treasurer Robert P. Casey Jr.

Santorum authored the book "It takes a Family: Conservatism and the Common Good" which further established views of him as a near ultra-conservative.

On the WashingtonPost.com on-line discussion forum, the lawmaker said, "I have six children ages 4-14. And the idea of coming off a race of the intensity that I am engaged with at this point [in Pennsylavania] 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."

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