Rick Santorum Announces Presidential Run
'I'm in it to win,' he says
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 6, 2011 7:39 AM CDT

(Newser) – Rick Santorum's big day has arrived: And yep, he’s running for president. Santorum will hold a rally near a Pennsylvania coal mine later today to formally declare his candidacy, but he let the cat out of the bag early on Good Morning America. “We’re ready to announce that we are going to be in this race, and we’re in it to win,” the former senator told George Stephanopolous.

The move isn’t exactly a shocker. But he lost badly in his last Senate race, and the latest Gallup poll gives him just 2% of the vote. Asked why he thought he could win, Santorum replied, “What people are looking for is someone who sticks by their principles. … People can say, ‘You know what, he may have lost, but he didn’t flinch.’”