As Rick Santorum surges, Newt Gingrich fades fast in Iowa

By Naureen Khan CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – One of Iowa's newest top-tier candidates, Rick Santorum, on Wednesday took on an issue that previous Hawkeye State front-runner Newt Gingrich has often discussed -– reining in so-called “activist” federal judges.

Rick Santorum has moved from the back of the pack into third place. Another Iowa poll, released Tuesday night by the Democratic group Public Policy Polling, showed Perry and Santorum tied for fourth in Iowa. Perry, whose campaign could end Tuesday if

Rick Santorum , 53, is a former US lawmaker from the eastern state of Pennsylvania. He and his wife Karen have seven children. He has degrees in both business and law, and before entering politics he practiced law in Pennsylvania.

Rick Santorum isn't going down without a fight. In fact, that fight might be lifting him up. The Republican presidential candidate who might have logged more miles than any other rival is more likely these days to be grinding it

I've already said I support Perry, so a Santorum rise is problematic in that sense. But I think conservatives turning on Santorum, whatever their reasoning, simply because of one poll is a big mistake. It's the same Santorum