Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum says he wants to help Gov. Corbett win a second term. Santorum, speaking this weekend at the Midwest Republican Leadership Conference in Kansas City, Mo., said he has not been asked to help the Corbett campaign but "certainly" intends to play a role in the 2014 election, according to TheRun2016.com.
"Tom’s been a strong governor," said Santorum, who is likely to make another run for president in 2016. "The state of Pennsylvania’s actually doing very well under his leadership. We haven’t seen any tax increases since he’s been there. You’ve seen economic growth better than the national average. You’ve seen unemployment rates lower than the national average. He’s been very, very effective in controlling spending and fostering economic growth."
Mike Barley, Corbett's campaign manager, said Santorum has been impressed with Corbett's record on the state budget, job creation and reforming Harrisburg's government.
"As the campaign continues, Governor Corbett will enjoy the strong support of many leaders, both past and present, from in the state and around the country who understand that Pennsylvania’s best days lie ahead due to the hard work and vision of Governor Tom Corbett," Barley said via email.
The kind works from a conservative like Santorum probably come as sweet relief to Corbett, since a well-known conservative member of the state House -- Rep. Daryl Metcalfe of Butler County -- is going around calling him "One-term Tom."
Santorum lost his 2006 bid for a third Senate term to Bob Casey Jr., who defeated him by 17 points. Trailing in the polls to former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney, Santorum withdrew from the 2012 Pennsylvania Republican primary election for president. He now lives in Virginia.