Rick Santorum, the former two-term Republican Senator from Pennsylvania and current Fox News contributor and Philadelphia Inquirer columnist, was apparently having a hard time getting heard in the media, but has now figured out the key to getting some ink and airtime already.

From today’s Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (emphasis mine):

It will be months before former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum decides whether to run for president in 2012, but all the recent talk that he might be a candidate has gotten him a lot more attention from the public and the news media…


…Since Fox News, where he works as a commentator, first mentioned that Mr. Santorum might run in 2012, “I am amazed and surprised at the response I am getting,” he said. “But I am a long way from making a decision about whether that (2012 race) is something I will do.”

Mr. Santorum…said that before the presidential speculation began, he would travel to other states to campaign for candidates and neither voters nor reporters paid a whole lot of attention to what he said.

But now, he’s been traveling to states that have early presidential primaries in 2012, such as New Hampshire, South Carolina and Iowa, and a lot of people are interested in his views…

So, yeah, “Santorum to stay on primary circuit” (because, again, ” ‘When you go to those states, folks like you report what I say,’ Mr. Santorum said,” as reported by the Scranton Times-Tribune. )

Liz Cox Barrett is a writer at CJR.