Rick Santorum in Manchester 5-12-15 Story #1: The Horserace

There were two Rick Santorum Stories out of Manchester NH yesterday.  The first one is the only story that the media is interested in:

Will he or won’t he?

With the announced GOP field already large enough to field a basketball team with a six man (or woman) on the bench Cornerstone NH welcomed Rick Santorum to their annual Steward of the Family Awards Banquet.

As the Santorum group Patriot voices manned a table near the entrance a crowd of clergy, state reps and other guest came to the Radisson Ballroom to hear the Runner up of the for the GOP nomination in 2012 address them.

Given Senator Santorum’s history of eloquent and outspoken defense of faith and family a positive reception is a given, but the question that will be on national minds remains: Will the Senator who gave Mitt Romney agita in 2012 make a 2nd attempt for the right to go for the brass ring?

The Senator has some intrinsic advantages if he chooses to run.  As the runner-up last time around he has high name recognition, having managed a 2nd place finish he has the experience to avoid mistake that 1st time candidates might fall victim, his labor message still gives him an appeal outside of the traditional GOP base and his organization Patriot voices not only constitutes a loyal ground game to draw on for the workers vital in a statewide race but they have been on the ground, building relationships  attending events here in NH and around the country for the past three years

On the other hand the early field is even large than 2012 with multiple candidates who would have the same appeal to religious votes from Ted Cruz and Ben Carson to Mike Huckabee.  You have strong conservatives Governors like Scott Walker and Bobby Jindal who have fought the good fight, the Rand Paul organization which is the envy of ground games everywhere and of course the big Jeb Bush money to contend with.  A 2016 run would be no pushover.

And there is always the possibility that the Senator might decide he would carry more weight outside the crowded field causing the various contenders to reach out to him & his organization and give support to the causes that are his.

After hearing his speech

recorded in two parts

and listening as other media conducted interviews and conducting a short interview of my own

If I had to bet money I’d expect his announcement scheduled for the 27th to be the official start of his second White House run.

And for those whose only interest in an election is a horserace that’s all the story you really care about.

There is however a 2nd, more important story that those interested in odds-making might miss.

That’s the story I’ll be writing tomorrow.

Update: Buzzfeed and others have found my video and decided part of it is newsworthy.

the lack of hits or views of the video on Youtube from the Buzzfeed the other two sites (and lack of hits here) speaks volumes

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