Source: Santorum to receive Secret Service protection
February 26th, 2012
07:17 PM ET
2 years ago

Source: Santorum to receive Secret Service protection

(CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum will receive Secret Service protection this week, a source familiar with the situation told CNN.

At this time, GOP presidential rival Mitt Romney is the sole candidate granted protection.

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A spokesman for the Secret Service declined to comment on the matter when contacted by CNN.

Meanwhile, a source with Newt Gingrich's campaign confirmed the former House speaker also requested protection. The source did not know when the paperwork was submitted but said discussions about putting in the request began last week.

Gingrich's campaign has not yet received a response from the Secret Service, the source said.

– CNN's Kevin Bohn and Shawna Shepherd contributed to this report.

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Filed under: 2012 • Rick Santorum
soundoff (227 Responses)
  1. Maurice Muhammad

    What a waste of government money that we tax payers give!

    February 26, 2012 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  2. mirrorlogic

    ...let's hope that is a sign even the Secret Service knows Willard Mitt Romney is fading...

    February 26, 2012 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  3. Larry L

    I would think he could "pray away" the bad guys...

    February 26, 2012 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  4. Debbie

    Santorum doesn't deserve Secret Service. What is that costing all taxpayers. If the evangelicals and/or Catholic Church want to take up a collection for protection for Santorum so be it but since he is not even a GOP nominee he doesn't deserve taxpayer Secret Service protection. Loves talking about cuts as he charges the tax payer to protect his behind. Talk about hipocrite!

    February 26, 2012 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  5. Nick

    He's such a nice guy, how could he possibly have any enemies?

    February 26, 2012 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  6. dylan423

    hypocrita...he criticizes government and uses taxpayer money...what a moron!

    February 26, 2012 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  7. Matthew

    Santorum 2012..for freedom!

    February 26, 2012 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  8. Michael Bauser

    It's a shame they can't protect him from superPAC ads. That's what's going to kill his campaign.

    February 26, 2012 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  9. Gillian

    He needs protection from his mouth, but I doubt that the Secret Service can curb that!

    February 26, 2012 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  10. JuanVonDinklus

    The taxpayer should not be paying for this. General election yes, primaries – no. If they need protection for running their mouths off, than let them hire body guards. I'm sure Halliburton could set them up with an outfit.

    February 26, 2012 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  11. PushingBack

    Shouldn't he get protection from the Swiss Guard?

    February 26, 2012 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  12. Ppeterdds

    Absolutely - make certain he doesn't run with scissors...

    February 26, 2012 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  13. Debby

    Oh brother more wasted taxpayer money. Romney probably pays for his own.

    February 26, 2012 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  14. David

    ...what a waste of Secret Service initiative... Don't they have higher priorities than to protect people from themselves?

    February 26, 2012 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  15. TrueGrit

    I would like Santorum to win the nomination so we could debate once and for all conservative vs liberal. With Mittens you don't know what you're getting.

    February 26, 2012 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  16. justsayin

    Good, I went to hear him speak tonight and he was alot better in person then in debates, I am really hoping he will be the one to take down obama

    February 26, 2012 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  17. iadadman

    This is becoming a weird thing in the campaigns. I've seen it firsthand that it seems to give a boost to candidates, politically, to be surrounded by Secret Service. It automatically makes them look more 'presidential.' I think people who go to their events are more likely to take them seriously. I'm sure Santorum is happy to get this. (as long as it's not because of some overt threat against him)

    February 26, 2012 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  18. Jim

    Why does Santorum need our tax dollars to protect him? Doesn't he trust god?

    February 26, 2012 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  19. RachelM

    I hope the GOP is footing the Secret Service bill for their candidates (likewise for the DNC), and not my tax dollars.

    February 26, 2012 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  20. doug

    He should be the last one getting it. What about Newt and Dr. Paul?

    February 26, 2012 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  21. Greg

    To think our tax dollars are wasted on this hateful clown. JFK and all honorable men who lived before these hateful times are appalled.

    February 26, 2012 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  22. K3Citizen

    How will they protect him from a foot sticking in his mouth?

    February 26, 2012 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  23. WhoCares

    Is this move to protect himself from... himself?

    February 26, 2012 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  24. Mark

    Although I favor Santorum, I wonder why Secret Service is protecting the candidates? Why are taxpayers paying to protect someone who is, well, a no one? They are charged with protecting the sitting President and (*his) family, former presidents, and on occasion surviving spouses of a dead president, but I don't recall it being in their charter to protect candidates. Isn't enough money being wasted allowing certain candidates to buy their way into office? You know, slam ads, campaign trips, etc. To think what good that money could be doing instead of us having to hear another smear ad, someone saying "that's a lie", blah blah blah... be glad when the elections are over, but sadly it will get worse til then.

    February 26, 2012 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  25. Brian

    Can't god protect him? Sounds like unnecessary government interference to me!

    February 26, 2012 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
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