Source: Santorum to receive Secret Service protection
February 26th, 2012
07:17 PM ET
3 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. julien vergara

    Hooray for romney. I hope he is safe

    February 26, 2012 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  2. Barnacle Bill

    What a waste of our money. These losers spout their hateful rhetoric, and now we the people are supposed to pay for it.

    February 26, 2012 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  3. Gabriel

    Good, it looks like they are going to do it !!!!!!!

    February 26, 2012 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  4. M Stark

    He is worried about getting glitter-bombed. You don't really get beaten for being straight... but you may end up dead just for going out in public for being gay. What does merit Secret Service protection is human dignity not hate.

    February 26, 2012 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  5. Jacqueline R.

    Huh. Isn't Secret Service paid by the Federal government? And doesn't Rick Santorum say he wants to cut the Federal government down to the bare minimum? Well then I say no Secret Service for him... If someone comes after him, then he can stun them with his arguments about how evil the government is.

    February 26, 2012 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  6. Kyon

    the secret service doesnt think gingrich will win. if you want to kill him now is the time.

    February 26, 2012 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  7. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I have no problem with this. I would like to know if Ron Paul would accept it if he became the nominee? I don't want anyone hurt or killed over being a candidate.

    February 26, 2012 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  8. timz

    Who's going to protect the public from Santorum and Gingrich?

    February 26, 2012 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  9. clarke

    Who pays for this? Hope its not my tax dollars. They don't want tax dollars paying for birth control, but they can get protection!! It is a mans world after all.

    February 26, 2012 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  10. Bob

    Ron Paul doesn't have to worry though. The fact that he's still in the running proves that he's just a crazy OLD man..

    February 26, 2012 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  11. Mike

    Just more proof that Ron Paul won't waste our money, and the others...

    February 26, 2012 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  12. Stan Marsh

    Does the Secret Service even employ the number of agents it would take to form a circle around Gingrich?

    February 26, 2012 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  13. tom

    I am running for president so can I get free secret service protection also?

    February 26, 2012 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  14. Coolios

    I wish the secret service would protect my rights from being violated by Santorum.

    February 26, 2012 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  15. once upon a horse

    so now I guess we as tax payers have to pay to protect a guy that says stupid stuff. Geesh will it ever end?

    February 26, 2012 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  16. Luigi

    I wonder if Ron Paul is politically opposed to Secret Service protection. Wonder how he feels about this in time of war (say the U.S. was attacked).

    February 26, 2012 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  17. sittingduck

    He doesn't need the Secret Service. God is on his side isn't he?

    February 26, 2012 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  18. Glenn Lemke

    It looks like all the two faced small government proponents want some big government protection. They're all pro second amendment, have them carry their own protection.

    February 26, 2012 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  19. Greg

    Santorum is the best candidate.

    February 26, 2012 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  20. Steve

    Is it just me or does the connotation of the SS (secret service?) sort of look like the nazis are running this country anyways? Next we'll have a 'Blitzkrieg' ? Already do, in the Mid-East, LOL

    February 26, 2012 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  21. Spock500

    Fine. But who is going to protect the American people from Mr. Santorum?

    February 26, 2012 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  22. ForGoodOfAll

    I feel so sorry for the poor secret service agents that have to hang around all day with the likes of either of these annoying imbeciles, Santorum or Gingerich!

    February 26, 2012 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  23. PAPilot

    Wait, why does Santorum need the Secret Service? After all, isn't God looking after him?

    February 26, 2012 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  24. SB

    Why bother? Nothing can penetrate the bubble of 1950 that Santorum lives in.

    February 26, 2012 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  25. Corey

    The Secret Service can protect him from assassins, but can they protect Santorum from himself?

    February 26, 2012 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
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