Friday, April 13, 2012

Santorum sounds open to 2016 run

On Fox News Thursday night, Rick Santorum broke into a broad smile and refused to rule out a 2016 run for president.

"I feel like a young man, and hopefully I feel like a young man four years from now.

Last year put a couple years on me but I feel pretty good. I do, and I feel like, more importantly, there are a lot of issues out there that I care very deeply about that I think we introduced into the debate, and I think the values that I talked about throughout the course of this campaign are ones that resonate.

Look, for us to do as well as we did, in spite of the overwhelming odds that we faced on a variety of different fronts, I think shows that there’s still a lot of people in this country who still believe in the things that made this country great."

Here's the important thing to remember about a potential 2016 run. He will ignore every indication that his time has passed, and that he doesn't have a shot to win.

1% in the polls? Who cares? He can claim he was at 1% in 2012. No money? Who cares? He'd love to talk about how improbable his bid was in 2012, and he'd love to talk about it some more. The point is -- he will be back, and he will stay until the last possible minute.



Here's the full exchange:

VAN SUSTEREN: Alright. How old are you?

SANTORUM: 53.

VAN SUSTEREN: So in four years you’re going to be still a very young man. So can we sort of agree that this is probably not over for you? It’s over this time even though you suspended, but not over for you?

SANTORUM: Well, I – you know –

VAN SUSTEREN: You’ll still be a very young man in four years.

SANTORUM: Well yeah I feel like a young man and hopefully I feel like a young man four years from now. Last year put a couple years on me but I feel pretty good, I do and I feel like, more importantly, there are a lot of issues out there that I care very deeply about that I think we introduced into the debate and I think the values that I talked about throughout the course of this campaign are ones that resonate. Look, for us to do as well as we did, in spite of the overwhelming odds that we faced on a variety of different fronts, I think shows that there’s still a lot of people in this country who still believe in the things that made this country great.