Source: Evangelical leader Bauer to endorse Santorum
January 7th, 2012
06:12 PM ET
3 years ago

Source: Evangelical leader Bauer to endorse Santorum

Hollis, New Hampshire (CNN) - Long-standing evangelical leader Gary Bauer is set to endorse Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum, according to a campaign source.

Bauer, current chairman of the Campaign for Working Families and a 2000 Republican presidential candidate, will formally declare his support for Santorum during a campaign stop in South Carolina on Sunday.

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"While we have many fine candidates in the competition I believe Senator Santorum best personifies the Reagan-inspired conservatism that unites the GOP," Bauer will say Sunday, according to prepared remarks provided by a campaign source.

Bauer's endorsement comes as Santorum canvasses New Hampshire, declaring himself a "real Reagan Republican" ahead of the Granite State's first-in-the-nation primary on Tuesday.

Like Bauer, Santorum is an unapologetic social conservative who frequently talks about family values and his anti-abortion views.

Bauer will praise the former senator's "commitment to defending America's families and defending the sanctity of life," calling Santorum's ideas "the blueprint to put America back on the right track."

During the 2008 presidential cycle, he threw his support behind Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona.

– CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley contributed to this report.

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Filed under: 2012 • New Hampshire • Rick Santorum
soundoff (42 Responses)
  1. GI Joe

    I have religious differences with santorum that I cannot overcome. EVER

    He thinks he's GOD and I don't.

    January 7, 2012 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  2. Larry L

    These are the people who are driving many of us away from both Christianity and the Republican
    party. They are lobbyists – not men of God.

    January 7, 2012 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  3. DENNA

    Yawn. of Who cares. I am a christian and I cannot see even a hint of christianity in any of these people.

    January 7, 2012 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  4. John J. Puccio

    That's just what Santorum needs and deserves: another endorsement from the bigoted, hypocritical religious right that hates gays, hates women, hates unions, hates Muslims, hates voting rights, hates African Americans, hates Hispanics, and probably hates Catholics and Mormons.

    January 7, 2012 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  5. BeverlyNC

    One nutjob endorsing another nutjob....the Republican Party are non-credible, non-leaders, and betrayers of the People when it comes to jobs, the economy, 2 fraudulent wars, a huge debt run up to make the rich richer and corporations more abusive, and in taking away our rights as workers, women, and even our right to vote. Republicans cannot be trusted, have no values, are not Christians, and are dangerous to the future of our country. No more. All Republicans out in 2012 – not one in any local, state, or national position. We need advocates who work for the People.

    January 7, 2012 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  6. anagram_kid

    Reagan? I really get a kick out the fact that you never hear the name 'Bush' mentioned anymore.

    January 7, 2012 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  7. anagram_kid

    “Like Bauer, Santorum is an unapologetic social conservative who frequently talks about family values and his anti-abortion views.”

    Maybe they can get together and compare notes on which has been rejected by more women and therefore hate women more.

    January 8, 2012 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  8. Logic in LA

    Maybe this will be the nail in Santorum's political coffin

    January 8, 2012 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  9. Dave

    Bauer goes where the money takes him. American family values? Don't ask him about them. Might as well have endorsed Obama–Santorum is a big government spendocrat. He voted to increase the debt ceiling FIVE TIMES!! During his time in office he was routinely named the most corrupt–he accepted the most lobbyist money of anyone.

    It's no small wonder the people of Pennsylvania voted this corrupt liar out of office–Santorum and Bauer are just two peas in a pod.

    January 8, 2012 01:29 am at 1:29 am |
  10. nru

    well gee, god told him to do it – same way god told Herman Caine to run – oh well, God likes to pull your leg at times

    January 8, 2012 01:37 am at 1:37 am |
  11. The Left Wing

    Too little, too late. The inability of the social conservatives to find an electable candidate and to rally behind him as let the nomination go to Romney.

    January 8, 2012 01:55 am at 1:55 am |
  12. Mark

    That endorsement is paled by the fact it is predictable, not sure it really offers a lot of weight to Rick. Especially in NH

    January 8, 2012 02:06 am at 2:06 am |
  13. andrew

    Bauer, Santorum and most of the conservative right are luke warm Taliban. They would like to impose their religious beliefs on the rest of us. They say that they want limited government. What they really want is to get the government out of their wallets and businesses and into everyone elses bedrooms .

    January 8, 2012 04:08 am at 4:08 am |
  14. donna

    This is the guy who slandered Ron Paul by first saying he's an isolationist, when Ron Paul is against isolationism, then saying he's a 9/11 truther, which he's not, and then by calling him a non-Reaganite, when Ron Paul follows the political line of Goldwater/Reagan, even Goldwater endorses Ron Paul.

    So beware of those who use Christ for their own political power.

    January 8, 2012 06:37 am at 6:37 am |
  15. ath

    This little weesel is the by definition the terms and description of Santorum......look it up on Google

    January 8, 2012 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  16. diridi

    Evangelical nonsense in 21st century political spectrum. Just idiots of GOP ruse.

    January 8, 2012 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  17. livingston

    Oh goody. One religious nutter is coming out in support of another religious nutter.

    January 8, 2012 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
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