Santorum headed to Iowa ― to promote a movie

Holly Bailey, Yahoo News
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Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum speaks during the family leadership summit in Ames, Iowa Saturday Aug. 10, 2013. Republican presidential hopefuls are hoping to impress conservative voters at the conference organized by an influential Christian group. The daylong event will be one of many candidate cattle calls in the grueling run-up to the 2016 presidential election. None of the potential contenders appearing Saturday has declared candidacy. Conservative voters could be key to a 2016 victory in Iowa's caucuses, the nation's first presidential nominating event. (AP Photo/Justin Hayworth)
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Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum speaks during the family leadership summit in Ames, Iowa Saturday Aug. 10, 2013. Republican presidential hopefuls are hoping to impress conservative voters at the conference organized by an influential Christian group. The daylong event will be one of many candidate cattle calls in the grueling run-up to the 2016 presidential election. None of the potential contenders appearing Saturday has declared candidacy. Conservative voters could be key to a 2016 victory in Iowa's caucuses, the nation's first presidential nominating event. (AP Photo/Justin Hayworth)

Rick Santorum may be dodging the question of whether he’ll run for president again, but his new day job is at least helping him keep that prospect alive by giving him an excuse to travel to key early primary states.

On Monday, the former Republican presidential hopeful who is now head of the Dallas-based film company EchoLight Studios, is heading to Des Moines, Iowa, to promote “A Christmas Candle,” a family film his company is backing. Iowa traditionally holds the leadoff presidential caucuses.

The film, which is being touted as the “feature film debut” of “singing phenomenon” Susan Boyle, is based on Max Lucado’s book about Christmas miracles in a small English village.

Santorum, whose conservative views on social issues have largely fueled his political career, has scheduled a media availability in Des Moines before an invite-only screening of the film primarily for pastors and staff. That group would be an important base of support should Santorum decide to seek the GOP nomination in 2016.

A spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the former Pennsylvania senator’s schedule. But the Iowa trip comes on the heels of recent political appearances by Santorum, who spoke at last month’s Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C., and at a conservative conference in St. Louis.

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