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Santorum 2012?

He’s taking a look. But, it’s about having an impact now, he explains to ABC — even if he never runs.

I’m doing it in the context that right now, there’s, you know, there’s very important matters and I want to weigh into those matters as to what the Republican Party stands for in 2010,” Santorum continued.

“I think I’ve been very clear that you know, we need to stand foursquare on the traditional values. When I say traditional values people think, ‘Oh that means, you know, social conservatism and the family. It also means the free enterprise system and that government shouldn’t be large and controlling things — I mean, those are all core Republican principle.”

Asked if he thinks former Gov. Sarah Palin, R-Alaska, is qualified to be president, Santorum demurred:

“No, I’ll let the people decide that,” he said. “I think, you know, she’s done a lot to draw attention to herself that’s positive. She’s done some things that, you know, certainly are going to cause her to have to do some explaining if she runs for president. But right now I think she’s on a roll, she’s having a good time, she’s having an impact, which look — if you’re sitting here out of office, the thing you want to do is have an impact on the direction of the country right now, if you’re not governing things. And she’s having an impact.”

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