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Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum made his 2012 campaign official this morning on ABC’s Good Morning America. Here is video of Santorum’s announcement:

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Report from Fox News:

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum announced Monday that he is entering the race for the Republican presidential nomination, saying he’s “in it to win it.”

“We’re ready to announce that we’re going to be in this race,” Santorum said on a television news show ahead of a rally in Somerset, Pa. He will then fly to Iowa for events on June 7, and to New Hampshire on June 8-9.

Santorum, the former No. 3 Republican in the U.S. Senate, was to rally at the Somerset County Courthouse, a location that his team said is significant because it is near where Santorum’s grandfather settled in the U.S. “after leaving fascist Italy to work in the Pennsylvania coal mines until he was 72 years old. He chose to come to America for the freedom our nation offered him.”

Santorum has said that he has already visited the three early voting states of New Hampshire, Iowa and South Carolina because he’s taking the approach that he doesn’t want to appeal to niche groups in the GOP base, but to all comers.

Santorum, however, is popular among social conservatives who prefer his strong anti-abortion stance and opposition to gay marriage and embryonic stem cell research.

Santorum doesn’t have the national excitement being garnered by a potential Palin or Perry bid, however, he does have strong credibility on the social issues which have become his major platform.

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Nate Ashworth is the Founder and Senior Editor of Election Central. He's been blogging elections and politics for almost a decade. He started covering the 2008 Presidential Election which turned into a full-time political blog in 2012 and 2016.

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