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Rick Santorum on Running for President 2016: ‘Ready to Do This Again’

Sean Gardner/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Rick Santorum, the former Republican senator from Pennsylvania who lost the GOP nomination to Gov. Mitt Romney in 2012, says he’s “ready” to run for president in 2016.

“I’m ready to do this again,” he said in an exclusive interview with ABC News’ Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos.

“It’s an exciting opportunity,” he told Stephanopoulos. “To come back home, to be at a manufacturing facility, to really reconnect to what I grew up with and understood to be an America that worked, that worked for middle-income families, that created stable neighborhoods and strong families — when you see all these reports coming out, one after another, from the far left and the far right talking about how the middle of America is hollowing out and the jobs just aren’t there for the 74 percent of Americans who don’t have a college degree, families are breaking down.”

Santorum, 57, will formally announce his intentions at an event Wednesday in Cabot, Pennsylvania, near his childhood home.

He joins a quickly widening Republican field that already includes six declared candidates and could grow to encompass around a dozen more. Several contenders are expected to give him tougher competition this time around for the Christian conservative votes he relied on in 2012.

His experience in the last election could prove helpful, as several Republican nominees — including Romney and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. — did not clinch the ticket until their second try.

“Obviously, we learned something from the last campaign,” the Pennsylvania senator told Stephanopoulos. “Number one, we’re gonna have more money.”

“You gotta do well in Iowa,” said Santorum, who was declared the winner of the Iowa caucuses in 2012 after a 16-day delay. “You gotta win on election night as opposed to two weeks later.”

However, the competitive nature of this cycle has already thrown a hurdle in Santorum’s path, with recently released debate rules opening the possibility he will not poll high enough to participate in the first debate in August.

“It’s early,” Santorum said, when asked about the debate. “I don’t worry too much about where things are now.”

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Meet the 97-Year-Old Who Was Surprised by Obama on Her ‘Field Trip’ to the White House

President Barack Obama welcomes Vivian Bailey, escorted by Vice President Joe Biden just outside the Oval Office, May 26, 2015. David Lienemann/The White House(WASHINGTON) — Vivian Bailey, 97, never had the chance to go on a field trip as a child, but on Tuesday, she took the “field trip” of her dreams to the White House and was even surprised by President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.

“It was quite a surprise! I had no idea we were going to meet the president and the vice president, and it was awesome,” Bailey told ABC News. “It was a dream come true.”

Bailey was invited to tour the White House after the vice president’s office saw a story about her work fundraising for an elementary school in Columbia, Maryland.

For the past 16 years, Bailey has led a fundraising effort to help Running Brook Elementary School fulfill its “wish list” for students. Part of that wish list includes funding field trips for the school children, something Bailey finds particularly important.

“I’ve been very insistent on trying to make sure our kids get field trips,” Bailey said. “I want our children whose parents are certainly not wealthy to have those opportunities.”

Born in Washington, D.C., in 1918, Bailey moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma, as a child where she attended segregated schools and said her classes were not taken on field trips.

Bailey served in the Women’s Army Corps in Alabama and Georgia from 1942 to 1946, eventually becoming a first lieutenant in charge of 144 women at Fort Benning. After leaving the Army, Bailey moved to Chicago, where she met her husband and worked for the Veterans Administration and the Social Security office. She was then transferred to a Social Security office in Baltimore and retired in Columbia, Maryland, in 1975.

The 97-year-old has raised thousands of dollars for Running Brook Elementary school over the past 16 years, and this year, the school’s principal invited her to attend a field trip to Washington, D.C., with one of the classes — her first “field trip” ever.

“The part I liked the most was seeing the children enjoy it and knowing that they were seeing some history, too,” Bailey said.

A local ABC affiliate in Washington profiled Bailey’s “field trip” with the students, which caught the attention of the White House. Staff and teachers and Running Brook Elementary School pitched in money to hire a town car to take Bailey, the school’s principal Troy Todd and fourth-grade teacher Melissa Peyton to the White House on Tuesday.

Bailey was told she would receive a tour of the White House, but after waiting in a side room, she was surprised by the vice president.

“Someone told us, ‘We have somebody who wants to meet you,’ so then they were escorting us, and as we stepped in this room, the vice president came to the door and greeted us,” Bailey said. “He was very gracious, very easy to meet and then he said, ‘Somebody else wants to meet you,’ so we walked across over to the president’s office.”

“I was almost speechless. I was so surprised and so honored and so happy,” Bailey said about meeting the president. “I think first thing he said was ‘Welcome.’ I was so surprised that I probably can’t remember exactly what he said. He just was so gracious and the vice president said, ‘I’m gonna get a hug.’ And so he gave me a hug and so did the president.”

First Lady Michelle Obama was unable to meet Bailey, but wrote her a letter telling her to “enjoy your special field trip” at the White House.

“I am so impressed with your lifetime of service to our country and I deeply appreciate your commitment to the next generation,” the first lady wrote.

“I’ve had a lot of experiences that when I was growing up in Tulsa, Oklahoma, that I never expected to experience so I feel very blessed that I was able to do so many things I couldn’t have imagined,” Bailey said.

Bailey, who does not have any biological children, said she considers the children at Running Brook Elementary as her own.

“When people ask how many children I have, I try to keep my face straight. I have over 300!” she said.

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Carly Fiorina to Attend Luncheon, Hold Roundtable in SC

Ann Johansson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Hillary Clinton will have some company when she visits South Carolina on Wednesday: Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina.

The former Hewlett-Packard CEO, and only other female candidate in the race, is planning to rain on Clinton’s parade by hosting her own event outside of the hotel where Clinton will be delivering a keynote address.

In an invite sent Tuesday night addressed to the “Traveling Press Corps,” Fiorina’s campaign took a jab at Clinton: “Our events tomorrow are all open to the press. And by open press, we mean we’ll actually take questions. That’s right. We’ve answered hundreds of questions from reporters because we believe the American people will not and should not elect a president that can’t answer for her record, won’t explain her positions or for whom the truth is whatever she can get away with.”

Fiorina is scheduled to attend a luncheon with the South Carolina GOP’s legislative caucus in Columbia at 12:30 p.m. ET. Later, she’ll hold a meet and greet and roundtable at Spartanburg Community College in Spartanburg at 4 p.m. ET.

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Hillary Clinton Visits SC, Focusing on Women and Minorities

Theo Wargo/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Hillary Clinton returns to South Carolina Wednesday for the first time in nearly eight years for a one-day swing through the state’s capital, Columbia.

During her short visit, Clinton’s focus will be on women and minorities. She will participate in a roundtable discussion with “minority women small business owners” in the morning and then deliver the keynote address to the South Carolina House Democratic Women’s Caucus and the South Carolina Democratic Women’s Council at their Third Annual Day in Blue event.

The former secretary of state will also visit the State House to meet with House and Senate Democratic caucuses.

For Clinton, South Carolina harbors bad memories and bruising moments.

Just before the state’s primary in 2008, when Clinton and then-Illinois Sen. Barack Obama were seemingly neck in neck in the race, Bill Clinton called Obama’s positioning on the Iraq war a “fairy tale” — a polarizing remark that many perceived to be racist. The comment fired up South Carolina’s large swath of black primary voters, who then rallied behind Obama.

Ultimately, Clinton lost the state’s primary by nearly 30 points to the future president.

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Rick Santorum Expected to Announce 2016 Plans

Sean Gardner/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Rick Santorum is expected to announce his presidential decision on Wednesday.

The former Pennsylvania senator will hold an event at Penn United Technologies in Cabot, Pennsylvania, near his boyhood home in Butler County, at 5 p.m. ET.

According to one of his aides, the focus of Santorum’s remarks “will be about the need to fight for the American worker that has been left behind by big government, big business, and both political parties. He will also be contrasting his record with that of [former] Secretary [of State Hillary] Clinton throughout his remarks.”

“He’ll be giving his speech from a factory floor just 10 miles from where he grew up and at a company — Penn United Technologies — that he visited when he first ran for the Senate in 1994. At that time, they had just one building, today they have a 100 acre campus with 600 employees. They epitomize the type of manufacturing renaissance Sen. Santorum talks about,” the aide said.

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Hillary Clinton Visits SC, Focusing on Women and Minorities

Theo Wargo/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Hillary Clinton returns to South Carolina Wednesday for the first time in nearly eight years for a one-day swing through the state’s capital, Columbia.

During her short visit, Clinton’s focus will be on women and minorities. She will participate in a roundtable discussion with “minority women small business owners” in the morning and then deliver the keynote address to the South Carolina House Democratic Women’s Caucus and the South Carolina Democratic Women’s Council at their Third Annual Day in Blue event.

The former secretary of state will also visit the State House to meet with House and Senate Democratic caucuses.

For Clinton, South Carolina harbors bad memories and bruising moments.

Just before the state’s primary in 2008, when Clinton and then-Illinois Sen. Barack Obama were seemingly neck in neck in the race, Bill Clinton called Obama’s positioning on the Iraq war a “fairy tale” — a polarizing remark that many perceived to be racist. The comment fired up South Carolina’s large swath of black primary voters, who then rallied behind Obama.

Ultimately, Clinton lost the state’s primary by nearly 30 points to the future president.

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Rick Santorum Expected to Announce 2016 Plans

Sean Gardner/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Rick Santorum is expected to announce his presidential decision on Wednesday.

The former Pennsylvania senator will hold an event at Penn United Technologies in Cabot, Pennsylvania, near his boyhood home in Butler County, at 5 p.m. ET.

According to one of his aides, the focus of Santorum’s remarks “will be about the need to fight for the American worker that has been left behind by big government, big business, and both political parties. He will also be contrasting his record with that of [former] Secretary [of State Hillary] Clinton throughout his remarks.”

“He’ll be giving his speech from a factory floor just 10 miles from where he grew up and at a company — Penn United Technologies — that he visited when he first ran for the Senate in 1994. At that time, they had just one building, today they have a 100 acre campus with 600 employees. They epitomize the type of manufacturing renaissance Sen. Santorum talks about,” the aide said.

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IRS Says Thieves Stole Tax Info From 100,000

marcnorman/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -– More than 100,000 taxpayers may of had some of their private information stolen from IRS computers during this tax season.

The agency said on Tuesday that sophisticated thieves managed to steal some of that information outside the IRS to get in and get illegal refunds.

According to IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, the thieves got into their system through the front door, using social security and other numbers they found outside the IRS.

The thieves reportedly used an online service provided by the agency to gain access to information from more than one-hundred-thousand taxpayers. The service called “Get Transcript” has been temporarily shut down.

The commissioner told reporters in a teleconference that “of the 200,000 that tried and the 104,000 that got through, it’s likely that it’s gonna turn out that fewer than 15,000 fraudulent returns made it through as a result of this activity.”

The majority of the breaches happened from mid-February to mid-May when it was discovered.

Commissioner Koskinen reassured reporters on a conference call on Tuesday that his agency is getting better at detecting fraud, but it’s not perfect.

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White House Offers No Apology for Ash Carter’s Comment That Iraqis Lack ‘Will to Fight’

ABC News(WASHINGTON) — The White House is not disputing Defense Secretary Ash Carter’s contention that the Iraqi Army lacks the will to fight.

“Well, that certainly has been a problem we’ve seen in the past; that’s what allowed ISIL to make such significant gains last summer,” Press Secretary Josh Earnest told ABC News in Tuesday’s press briefing when pressed on whether the White House agreed with Carter’s assessment about why Ramadi, the capital city of Iraq’s largest province, fell to ISIS.

Carter said Sunday in an interview on CNN’s State of the Union, “What apparently happened was that the Iraqi forces just showed no will to fight. They were not out-numbered but in fact they vastly outnumbered the opposing force, and yet they failed to fight.”

It initially appeared Monday that Vice President Joe Biden was patching up Carter’s remark by placing a call to Iraq’s prime minister to “reaffirm U.S. support” and recognize “the enormous sacrifice and bravery of Iraqi forces.” But there was no hint of an apology in Tuesday’s briefing.

“What the Iraqi government has acknowledged is that the setback that they experienced in Ramadi was at least in part attributable to a breakdown in some military command and planning,” Earnest told reporters on Tuesday.

Earnest did not directly answer the question when asked whether the president agreed with Carter and instead listed a variety of factors that he said contributed to a weak security situation in Ramadi.

“The first is that the Iraqi security forces who were fighting in Ramadi and had been fighting in Ramadi didn’t have benefit of the training of the US and our coalition partners,” Earnest said. “There were clearly, as the Iraqis have indicated, some military command and planning problems that occurred. And we saw a pretty effective tactic used by ISIL, and all of that led to a not unsubstantial setback in Ramadi.”

The White House press secretary went on to praise the offensive launched by Iraq Tuesday morning to reclaim western Anbar province but reiterated the administration’s intention to stay the course with its supporting role.

“This is not something the United States is willing to do for the Iraqi people,” Earnest said. “And the Iraqi central government, Prime Minister Abadi has made crystal clear on a number of occasions, he doesn’t want anybody to step in and do this for them.”

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US Capitol Building Evacuated After Audible Alarm

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Capitol Building, including the Capitol Visitor Center, was evacuated Tuesday afternoon because of an audible alarm, a spokeswoman for Capitol Hill Police said.

U.S. Capitol Police & D.C. Fire were investigating what caused the audible alarm, Lt. Kimberly Schneider said.

Schneider said there were no signs of smoke or fire.

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