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Sanctum Santorum?

June 8, 2011

Santorum launches Republican bid for White House

WASHINGTON, June 6 (Reuters) – Former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum launched a long-shot Republican bid for president on Monday, pledging an unflinching commitment to conservative policies, including a Medicare reform plan that has proved unpopular with voters.

“We’re going to be in this race and we’re in it to win,” Santorum told ABC’s “Good Morning America” in an interview from his home state of Pennsylvania.

In today’s story it was stated that he launched it FROM HIS HOME STATE OF PENNSYLVANIA.

That is totally incorrect. His home state is Virgina, specifically, Leesburg. He owns a property in Pennsylvania but he does not live there.

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Santorum was born in Virginia and lived in West Virginia until the age of 7, when his family moved to Pennsylvania. With the exception of a year or two of high school spent in Illinois, he lived in Pennsylvania through his boyhood, college and law school years and adult working life before being elected senator.

He still lists the Pittsburgh suburb of Penn Hills as his residency, though he does keep an apartment in Leesburg.

In the context of a politician running for office, what we usually mean by their “home state” is the state in which they were elected to office.

Santorum’s case is slightly different because he has not been representing that state for some years. It may have been better to have said he made the announcement in Pennsylvania, the state he had represented in the Senate, but I hardly think our story was “totally incorrect,” to use your phrase: GBU Editor

Former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum addresses supporters at a rally to officially announce his candidacy for President of the United States on the steps of the courthouse in Somerset, Pennsylvania June 6, 2011.

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