Rick Santorum Is A 2016 Underdog — And He’s Just Fine With That

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Rick Santorum loves being the underdog.

Two years after ending up as the runner-up in the 2012 Republican presidential primary, that’s exactly where he thinks he’ll be if he runs again. The 2016 election is one he’s “openly looking at” entering, Santorum told Business Insider.

As he sat in Business Insider’s Manhattan offices, the political world was more focused on other, splashier names for president. There was chatter Mitt Romney’s possible third run is for real (though Romney himself has flatly denied any intentions to run). An adviser to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) says he’s 90% in the race. Sen. Rand Paul’s (R-Kentucky) top political strategistsays he’s just about in — unless his wife says no.

But Santorum, true to his first run, has gone largely under the radar, despite the fact he raised more than $18 million and won 11 states last time around, grabbing more than 4 million votes in the process.

“There’s nobody else, at least who’s talked about running, that has that under their belt. So I feel like, in many respects, we have a head start vis a vis other candidates,” Santorum said. “But at the same time, no one is necessarily putting me at the top of the list of favorites this time. So it’s a really interesting dynamic, and we’ll see how that all plays out.”

There’s only one political analyst — Potomac Research’s Greg Valliere — that has consistently even put Santorum in the top five among prospective 2016 Republican candidates.

He doesn’t necessarily mind it.

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