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Rick Santorum was full of surprises from the beginning

January 6, 2012 | 10:39 am

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Post-Iowa, it's generally accepted that the news media underestimated Rick Santorum. It's not the first time.

In 1990, I was an editorial writer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. That year Santorum was challenging an entrenched Democratic incumbent in a House district representing Pittsburgh suburbs.

The editor of the paper and I interviewed the would-be dragon-slayer, and after he left us, the editor, usually an astute student of politics, turned to me and said: "We'll never hear from that guy again."

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-- Michael McGough

Photo: Republican presidential candidate former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum pumps his fist during a campaign stop in Manchester, N.H. on Jan. 4. Credit: Charles Krupa / AP Photo

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