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(CNN) — Rick Santorum visited all 99 counties in Iowa before winning the most votes in the state’s first-in-the-nation caucuses. In mid-July he’ll return to the state, though his official schedule doesn’t mention any events with now-presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney.

Santorum’s trip was announced through the Red, White and Blue Fund, a super PAC that supported the former Pennsylvania senator during his bid for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination. The group billed the visit, slated July 10-11, as an opportunity to “say thank you to supporters, campaign on behalf of several Iowa candidates, and take part in a press conference.”

Santorum will make stops in Iowa City, Bettendorf, Dubuque, Cedar Falls, Coralville and Windsor Heights during his two day trip, with venues including BBQs, a breakfast, and fund-raisers for three Iowa congressional candidates.

Not included? Any mention of events to rally for Mitt Romney, the presumptive GOP nominee that Santorum endorsed in a late night email in May.

Romney finished second in the Iowa vote count in January, coming within 50 votes of Santorum. The state, which carries six electoral votes in November’s general election, is labeled a “toss up” on CNN’s Electoral Map.

Santorum’s announcement came the morning after he trashed the health care law Romney enacted while governor of Massachusetts, saying the measure pushed through by the GOP presidential candidate left the Bay State with high costs and uninsured citizens.

“I think what you’re seeing is it hasn’t worked in Massachusetts,” Santorum said of the law on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight.”

He continued: “Health care costs in Massachusetts are number one in the country. They have a series of problems with people who decide to take the tax, in other words, pay the fine, instead of buying insurance, because it’s cheaper. It doesn’t work.”

Asked why Romney would make a good pick for president if his record on health care in Massachusetts was so dismal, Santorum said Thursday that Romney himself had acknowledged mistakes in the measure.

“What he said is they did some things right. They did some things wrong. He learned from those mistakes. I’m using his language,” Santorum said.

Romney has said that there were things he would do differently on the Massachusetts health law if given the chance, though he still stands by the measure as necessary and successful in the Bay State.

By Kevin Liptak –  CNN

CNN’s Steve Brusk contributed to this report.

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