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Santorum: In it to win

Published by Tim McNulty on .

"We're in it to win," Rick Santorum tells Good Morning America to start off his big day.

santorumGMASantorum won a NH straw poll over the weekend, but George Stephanopoulous presses him on national polls and his drubbing in 2006. RS reminds that was a big Dem year and he "stands for what he believes in," including calling for unpopular changes to Social Security and Medicare.

What do others think? Here's WashPost's The Fix blog:

That truth-telling role is already one that former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty sought to fill during his presidential announcement, but Santorum’s people think he can do a better job of backing it up.

How will his socially conservative message play in New Hampshire? Here's Jim O'Toole from Manchester yesterday:

Polls suggest that Mr. Santorum has yet to make anything like a breakthrough in New Hampshire, but that hasn't deterred his scheduling. Aside from Mr. Romney, who has a New Hampshire vacation home, not other contender has been to this state more often.

"New Hampshire is a very, very important stop for me in this whole process of discerning whether this is what I've been called to do," Mr. Santorum said. "I've been advised to stay away from New Hampshire. It's a waste of time ... [but] I'm not going to travel around the country and deliver a message to win a primary state. If I'm going to do this, it's to win period.

"I feel like you've got to go everywhere, see how your message plays in places that may or may not normally be your sweet spot."

The former Senator's press conference in Somerset starts at 11.

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