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RICK SANTORUM MAY CONSIDER RUNNING FOR POPE IF PRESIDENTIAL MISSION IS NOT MEANT TO BE
February 25 2012
Washington, D.C. - There is no doubting that Rick Santorum has made an impact. One of the many nobodies in the race at the beginning, Santorum has become a potent contender in the race for the Republican nomination against everyone’s, likely including his own, expectations to the contrary. Like everything in this election season, Santorum has been a huge surprise.
Following Wednesday’s debate in which he did not fare all that well, and against to ugh odds in Michigan and Arizona, it appears likely that Santorum’s Cinderella story may be coming to an end. While far from over right now, Mitt Romney’s rapid surge is coming at exactly the right time, likely pushing Santorum and the other candidates to the periphery.
For old players like Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul, things will likely go on as they were before but for Santorum, his success has certainly borne great fruit, putting him on the national stage and perhaps setting him up for a strong career even if he does lose. Now Santorum, reportedly, is considering many options should his campaign indeed falter including a run at becoming the next Pope, a position that many expect will be opening up very soon.
“There are many options on the table right now but of course the priority is President. We have all seen the polls and we know what people are saying, but we still believe
that this is not only an opportunity but a good one for Rick. We believe in this candidacy and we have not given up on it yet, not by a long shot,” said one Santorum insider. “We do need a fallback though. We realize obviously that Rick has positioned himself very strongly in the last few months and has a kind of prominence that he didn’t have before and that is something we fully intend to exploit should the nomination not happen.”
Some have speculated a possible cabinet position or possibly a run in 2016 should Santorum fail in this effort.
Santorum is a devout Catholic, one of the many requirements for Popedom.
“We all know that Pope Benedict is elderly and while obviously we are not hoping for his demise, we do need to be practical. The world will need a new Pope when he is gone and while there are many viable candidates, Rick feels he is easily the most qualified,” continued the insider. “Keep in mind that there are no official requirements for that job and he feels that his long devotion to the faith makes him a potent candidate on many levels.”
No non-Cardinals have been elected Pope since 1379, though it is possible. It’s not clear if Santorum would apply for Cardinalship before making his case to the Papal Conclave.
“We realize as well that Rick would be the youngest Pope in history but he is also wise beyond his years. He is entirely in line with the Pope’s message and the mission of the Church. He believes firmly that he would make for a great Pope and he wants to keep that option open, just in case,” continued the insider. “That also doesn’t preclude him also running for President in the future. It’s would certainly be tough to do both jobs but if there is anyone who can do it it’s an underdog like Rick Santorum. It would be something pretty great to have a Pope as President.”
No Pope, owing to an oath of celibacy, has ever had children meaning that the Vatican would likely have to be adapted to fit Santorum’s large brood.
Edward Bastil, Political Correspondent