The Definitive H&H Rick Santorum Scouting Report

Mark Halperin and John Heilemann analyze his candidacy, point by point.

Can Rick Santorum Be a First Tier Candidate in 2016?

What he’s got: Status as runner-up in the 2012 GOP nomination contest; the benefits of experience from having run for president before; proven vote-getting ability in Iowa, which he narrowly won last time; second-to-none social conservative bona fides; high name recognition among Republican voters; rhetorical potency (when he stays on message); nascent economic populist appeal, building on his 2014 book, Blue Collar Conservatives; compelling personal/family narrative, from his grandfather’s immigrant story to that of his large, home-schooled family and his disabled daughter, Bella.

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