Murdoch tweets support for Santorum
January 1st, 2012
04:20 PM ET
3 years ago

Murdoch tweets support for Santorum

(CNN) - In one of his first ever tweets, media mogul Rupert Murdoch offered praise for Rick Santorum on Sunday, just two days before the Iowa caucuses.

"Good to see Santorum surging in Iowa. Regardless of policies, all debates showed principles, consistency and humility like no other," Murdoch wrote.

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Murdoch's media empire, News Corporation, oversees the Fox News Channel, which previously employed Santorum and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich as contributors. Their contracts were terminated in the spring before they officially joined the race for the White House.

Santorum's support in Iowa has swelled in recent days, with new polls showing the former Pennsylvania senator and social conservative placing within the top tier of the GOP presidential field.

Following a year of controversy surrounding his British newspapers, Murdoch joined Twitter in an account verified by Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, on Saturday. The billionaire tweeted more than a dozen times and gained 30,000 followers during his first two days on the site.

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Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Rick Santorum • Rupert Murdoch • Twitter
soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Tony in Maine

    To which Sanctus Santorum responds, "Ah Jeez, Rupe. Couldn't ya just give me an anonymous million and keep it out of the press."

    January 1, 2012 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  2. GI Joe

    That seals it. Santorum just lost the vote of any and all sane voters.

    January 1, 2012 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  3. ThinkAgain

    I think Rupert is grooming Santorum for the VP slot; it's the only way he can get evangelicals to vote for Romney, on the outside chance Romney will die in office and Santorum can go about establishing a "christian" theocracy.

    January 1, 2012 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  4. Dennis1020

    With all due respect to Iowa Republicans, and absolutely no respect for Rupert Murdoch, whoever wins the Iowa Republican caucus simply will not be electable in the general election.

    January 1, 2012 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  5. T'sah from Virginia

    I agree with ThinkAgain – Romney and Santorum would most likely be the best ticket from the Right. The problem with that – it's not enough to beat President Obama in 2012!!!

    January 1, 2012 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  6. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    which means once he loses he can go back to his job at FoxNews.

    January 1, 2012 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  7. vic , nashville ,tn

    Who care what Phone hacking king says

    January 1, 2012 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  8. GI Joe

    He can't be VP - that's going to the Indian Lady from SC, or Bachmann. The republicans don't care about the country, they just have to have a stupid woman in place so they can pull her strings.

    January 1, 2012 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  9. DaveC

    This is good. The sleaziest member of the the news media endorses one of the sleaziest members of the senate. The people of PA wised up and threw him out. Hopefully the people of Iowa will bury him.

    January 1, 2012 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  10. george of the jungle

    Now that is an endorsment. Good gosh Just when you think the repos can't get any worse.

    January 1, 2012 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |