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Daily Santorum: By The Hammer Of Thor

Published by Tim McNulty on .

ThorRick Santorum's presidential chances have been left for dead more times than we can count, so here's the slightest bit of good poll news for the ex-senator: he has hit double-digits for the first time in Iowa (or anywhere else). He's still second-tier, but at least he's not polling behind "none" anymore.

The latest Public Policy Polling look at Iowa has Ron Paul at "23% to 20% for Mitt Romney, 14% for Gingrich, 10% each for Rick Santorum, Michele Bachmann, and Rick Perry."

The Santorum camp is also happy today about the endorsement from Brad Thor, a best-selling author of thriller novels and conservative commentator on defense issues. His statement:

"There is one presidential candidate who understands and can swiftly address the threats facing our nation - and that candidate is Rick Santorum.  Rick Santorum has stood strong against radical dictators in Syria and Iran, the gravest threat to our national security.  Rick knows that the world would be forever changed by Iran getting a nuclear weapon, and he has sworn to keep this from happening.  I am excited to add my endorsement to the growing list of prominent supporters who understand that Rick Santorum is the right man, at the right time to lead our nation."

Tom Fitzgerald at the Inquirer takes the latest temperature of the Santorum campaign in Iowa, as it tries to break free from the middle of the pack:

Santorum's crowds are getting bigger. He drew only three people when he was in Sac City over the summer, for instance; he drew 30 or so later Thursday afternoon to a question-and-answer session at Java Junkies coffee shop in Holstein. His campaign also says that up to 70 percent of those who come to a Santorum event fill out cards committing themselves to caucus and volunteer for him.

"I've been hollering at folks: This thing is so wide open there's a chance to shock the system," said Chuck Laudner, a former chief of staff to Rep. Steve King (R., Iowa) who has been organizing northwest Iowa for Santorum. "He's on everybody's short list; people like the guy. I can't even remember the last time somebody asked me an issue question. Now's it's just the viability question - can he win? That's all I get."

The campaign is also mourning the loss of a 55-year-old Iowa volunteer, Wendy Jensen, who died in Ames Thursday of natural causes.

Today's schedule is after the jump:

Monday, December 19:

10:40am CT: Senator Santorum will appear on "Impact with Sam Clovis"` where a major announcement will be made. To listen live, please tune in to: http://www.impactwithclovis.com/

12:00pm CT: Senator Santorum will host a "Faith, Family and Freedom" Town Hall in Osceola, IA.

 

Location:

Redman's Pizza & Steak

123 South Main Street

Osceola, IA

 

4:30pm CT: Senator Santorum will appear live in-studio with Simon Conway of WHO Radio in Des Moines, IA. To listen live, please tune in to: www.whoradio.com

 

6:00pm CT: Senator Santorum will keynote the Warren County GOP Dinner in Indianola, IA.

 

Location:

Indianola Christian Union Church

707 East Euclid Avenue

Indianola, IA

 

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