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Rick Santorum announces second presidential bid

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CABOT, Pa. — Rick Santorum, the brusque and deeply conservative former senator who won nearly a dozen contests in the 2012 race for the Republican nomination, announced here Wednesday that he would seek to recapture that fleeting magic by entering a crowded primary likely to be far more difficult than the last.

The announcement by Santorum, 57, is the latest in a wave of announcements by hard-right contenders who believe that after losing two straight presidential elections behind more moderate nominees, GOP voters will turn to a candidate unflinching in their ideology who can enthuse the party’s base.

Sen. Ted Cruz (Tex.), a tea-party star, announced his bid in March. Earlier this month, neurosurgeon Ben Carson and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee — evangelical favorites and regular guests on Fox News — also launched campaigns.

But even Santorum, known for his staunch opposition to gay marriage and abortion, has acknowledged that Republicans will need to adapt to the country’s rapidly changing demographics and social views in order to win back the White House.


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