Santorum Considering 2012 Bid

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Hoo-boy.

(CNN) – Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum confirmed to his supporters Friday what pundits have been speculating for months – the conservative Republican is actively considering a run for president in 2012.

In an e-mail and letter to supporters of his Political Action Committee, America’s Foundation, Santorum writes, “After talking it over with my wife Karen and our kids – I am considering putting my name in for the 2012 presidential race.”

“I’m convinced that conservatives need a candidate who will not only stand up for our views, but who can articulate a conservative vision for our country’s future,” Santorum also writes. “And right now, I just don’t see anyone stepping up to the plate.”

“I have no great burning desire to be president, but I have a burning desire to have a different president of the United States,” said Santorum, who lost his re-election bid in 2006 after two terms in the Senate.

As a Pennsylvania-transplant, I find the prospect particularly frightening.

For those unfamiliar with Santorum’s work, here’s a sampling of colorful positions from his Senate days.

On Gay Marriage:

“If the Supreme Court says that you have the right to consensual [gay] sex within your home, then you have the right to bigamy, you have the right to polygamy, you have the right to incest, you have the right to adultery…”

On Katrina Victims:

“I mean people who don’t heed those warnings and then put people at risk as a result of not heeding those warnings […] There may be a need to look at tougher penalties on those who decide to ride it out and understand that there are consequences to not leaving.”

On the Boston Catholic Church Sex Abuse Scandal:

“Priests, like all of us, are affected by culture. When the culture is sick, every element in it becomes infected. While it is no excuse for this scandal, it is no surprise that Boston, a seat of academic, political and cultural liberalism in America, lies at the center of the storm.”