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Santorum headed to Iowa ― to promote a movie

Holly Bailey
Yahoo News
November 8, 2013

Santorum headed to Iowa ― to promote a movie

Holly Bailey
Yahoo News
November 8, 2013
Santorum headed to Iowa ― to promote a movie

Rick Santorum may be dodging the question of whether he’ll run for president again, but his new day job is at least helping him keep that prospect alive by giving him an excuse to travel to key early primary states.

On Monday, the former Republican presidential hopeful who is now head of the Dallas-based film company EchoLight Studios, is heading to Des Moines, Iowa, to promote “A Christmas Candle,” a family film his company is backing. Iowa traditionally holds the leadoff presidential caucuses.

The film, which is being touted as the “feature film debut” of “singing phenomenon” Susan Boyle, is based on Max Lucado’s book about Christmas miracles in a small English village.

Santorum, whose conservative views on social issues have largely fueled his political career, has scheduled a media availability in Des Moines before an invite-only screening of the film primarily for pastors and staff. That group would be an important base of support should Santorum decide to seek the GOP nomination in 2016.

A spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the former Pennsylvania senator’s schedule. But the Iowa trip comes on the heels of recent political appearances by Santorum, who spoke at last month’s Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C., and at a conservative conference in St. Louis.