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Daily Santorum: Road Trip!

Published by Daniel Malloy on .

Like the Griswolds before them, the Santorums are hitting the road this summer, and the kids must be absolutely thrilled that the destination is not Wally World, Disneyworld or even Kennywood, but the scenic byways of Iowa, as their father, presidential hopeful Rick Santorum, stakes everything on the Iowa Straw Poll. The Santorum campaign this morning announced that Rick is packing up his seven kids Tuesday to cruise through more than 50 cities -- itinerary here -- ending up in Ames on Aug. 13 for the meaningless yet crucial straw poll.

Politico notes that the caravan will leave from their "Pittsburgh home," though the Santorums have long made their primary homestead in Northern Virginia. The Pennsylvania Democratic Party took the opportunity to revive that controversy in a press release, while also attacking the Paul Ryan budget that would eventually turn Medicare into a voucher-type system. (A plan that, depending on who you ask, will save Medicare from bankruptcy or force all grandmothers to perform their own hip replacements with a knife and fork from a seafood restaurant.) Here's Dem spokesman Mark Nicastre:

As he relocates from Pennsylvania (Virginia?) to Iowa, we wanted to help him out. He's really fond of the Republican plan to end Medicare as we know so we want him to have a map of all of the senior centers in Ames where he'll have to try to explain why he wants to end Medicare as we know it. Good luck in Iowa!

As the family Santorum skips the House of Mud to make better time on the way to Ottumwa, they will have plenty of time to talk strategy on how to get Rick out of the polling doldrums. A new Washington Post-ABC national poll has Santorum at 2 percent, though most troubling for him is the fact that he gets a big fat zero from the tea party -- who instead gives a wet kiss to Michele Bachmann.

Santorum is seeking attention any way he can, including participating in a Twitter debate with some of the GOP hopefuls yesterday that was skewered by Slate's Dave Weigel as it "attracted an audience of devout activists, smart-assed liberals, and easily-ignored interest groups."

The Dan Savage feud also continued yesterday with a predictably vulgar retort from Savage on his blog, after Rick used his Bill Maher attack as a fund-raising appeal.

The Schedule: Nothing public today, as we gear up for the big road trip.

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