Rick Santorum, the former Republican presidential candidate and U.S. senator from Pennsylvania, has canceled his scheduled Monday trip to Iowa due to illness, according to his political organization.
Santorum was hospitalized in South Carolina Saturday for "gastrointestinal illness and dehydration," said Virgina Davis, spokeswoman for Patriot Voices. He remained hospitalized Sunday night and was not able to make the journey, she said.
Santorum had been scheduled to deliver the keynote at the 13th annual Spring Kickoff of the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition, an organization of religious conservatives that was an important element of his winning the Iowa caucuses last year. He had also planned to attend a luncheon for the John Paul II Medical Research Institute, an Iowa nonprofit that wants to developed advanced treatment for diseases without fetal stem cells.
Santorum "is expected to resume a full schedule later this week and looks forward to returning to Iowa soon," Davis said.
He finished second to Mitt Romney in the GOP nomination fight and is considering a 2016 run for president.