Just when you thought you’d heard the last of former Pennsylvania Senator and Republican Presidential candidate Rick Santorum, he strikes again.
On Friday, Santorum announced the launch of Patriot Voices, a group committed to promoting conservative causes in the U.S.
Patriot Voices’ stated goal is the mobilization of a million conservatives “who are committed to promoting faith, family, freedom and opportunity.”
Santorum, who surprisingly won 11 states in the Republican primary season, said in a press release that defeating President Barack Obama in the general election was the primary goal of the group.
“We support candidates who share our convictions and hold those accountable that serve us in elected office,” Santorum said.
“The defeat of Barack Obama, and those who support his policies, will be our first priority.”
In addition to defeating President Obama, Patriot Voices also promotes social conservative causes championed by Santorum during his time as a senator in Pennsylvania and on the presidential election trail. These include defending traditional marriage and pro-life initiatives, among others.
“Patriot Voices believes that family is the foundation for a healthy society and a strong economy,” Santorum said.
“We believe in freedom and American exceptionalism; entrepreneurship and opportunity; and personal responsibility. We are also a voice for those who often cannot fight for themselves.”
The group classifies itself as a 501 c (4) non-profit organization, able to receive donations and lobby for the the betterment of social welfare. But political action groups like Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS have used the classification as a method to prevent the disclosure of donors and promote candidates.
Patriot Voices will work in collaboration with Red, White and Blue Fund, a SuperPAC that supported Santorum during the primary season in order to finance campaigns of other conservative candidates around the country.
Santorum’s creation of Patriot Voices follows a year of political revival for the Pittsburgh-native senator. After representing Pennsylvania for 12 years in the U.S. Senate, Santorum endured an 18 point loss to Democratic Sen. Bob Casey, the largest margin of defeat for an incumbent senator in decades.
But Santorum re-emerged this year in the Republican primary season despite a slow start. Touting his socially conservative values, Santorum presented a more conservative alternative to Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney and was able to win 11 states before resigning in April.