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Rick Santorum To Make Announcement Of Presidential Something-Or-Other Tonight

04/13/2011 06:33 pm ET | Updated Jun 13, 2011

Got plans for this evening?

Well, if you have nothing better to do, why not pop some corn, cuddle up with someone you love, and tune in to "On The Record" with Greta Van Susteren?

Because tonight is the night former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum is expected to "announce...the 'next step' he'll take in a possible bid next year for president."

The Pennsylvania Republican, who has been traveling to early presidential nominating states such as Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, promises to say something tonight during a 10 p.m. interview with Greta Van Susteren on Fox News.

"Over the past two years, I have traveled our great nation listening to people express their concern for the future of America. Throughout this journey, my wife Karen and I have been incredibly humbled by the encouragement I have received to run for president in 2012," Santorum said in a message to supporters of his America's Foundation political action committee.

Santorum, essentially the political equivalent of every "scold" character from every John Waters movie rolled into one human being, has been doggedly pursuing something that looks like a presidential candidacy. In fact, he's been on the ground earlier and running much harder than many of the presumed frontrunners.

He is scheduled to participate in a debate in South Carolina on May 5, which requires the attendees to have formed presidential exploratory committees. Spoiler alert: That's probably what he'll announce tonight.

("Noun, verb, abortion," he will add, when asked to describe his platform.)

As the USA Today's Catalina Camia reminds, Santorum was one of two Fox News contributors whose contracts were suspended in March because of their obvious intent to run for president. At the time, Santorum questioned the decision (rightly, I'd say) on CNN:

Appearing on CNN's "John King USA" the same day, Santorum said the decision to sever ties came after never being asked by anyone at Fox News about his plans for 2012.

According to the network, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee and former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, who both contribute to the network and are believed to be mulling presidential campaigns, have not been suspended in their roles.

"I don't know why Fox differentiated, whether there's been conversations," he said. "They didn't talk to me and ask me whether I'm running or not. It wasn't something that we had a conversation about. I don't know whether other people have had conversations."

But tonight he'll be back, so no hard feelings, I guess!

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