Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum has now officially launched a 2012 Presidential Exploratory Committee. The move clears the way for Santorum to participate in the May 5th Republican debate on Fox News.

Report from CBS News:

Former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum has launched a presidential exploratory committee, clearing the way for him to appear at the first debate for 2012 Republican contenders on Thursday evening.

“I am pleased that we have taken this important next step in the process to potentially become a candidate for President of the United States,” he said. “The debate this Thursday is a unique opportunity to put forth ideas and solutions to bring our economy back on track, and with Osama bin Laden’s death, I look forward to also discussing in depth ways to tackle our many national security challenges.”

Santorum needed to file his exploratory committee to qualify for the debate, and he came in just under the deadline to do so. He is expected to appear on the debate stage with Tim Pawlenty, Ron Paul, Gary Johnson and Herman Cain. Mitt Romney, who is eligible, is declining to participate.

We should have a permanent list at this point of which candidates will be participating in Thursday’s debate.

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  1. Dear former Senator Santorum,
    I heard the debate last night as was very interested in your politics–not to mention your “evangelical Christian”. I hope that you will use that as one of your strengths! It seems America is turning toware Christian politicians for their sincere needs for help for our country. Be sure that you’re on Jim DeMint’s good side and list, too! He’s also a very, very good Christian and seemingly not interested in the Presidency.

    If you have an e-mail list to keep us informed, I surely would like to hear what you are saying and planning, etc.

    I wish you well!

    In Christ Jesus,
    Nellie Austin

    Leonardtown, MD

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