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. SweaterVest

    Let Faith protect him.

    February 26, 2012 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  2. independent

    How do they determine when is time to protect?

    February 26, 2012 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  3. Duckmanbill

    I hear it keeps well protected if you store it in a jar and refrigerate.

    February 26, 2012 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  4. Hypocrite...

    If he's really in favor of small government, he should refuse the protection or pay for it himself...

    February 26, 2012 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  5. roy

    More tax payers money wasted with the Secret Service.

    February 26, 2012 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  6. huxley

    Whose going to protect us from Santorum?

    February 26, 2012 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  7. Cas

    "Gingrich's campaign has not yet received a response from the Secret Service.." LOOOOOOOOOOOOOL

    February 26, 2012 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  8. Johan S

    I thought the GOP was against government handouts. How much is he paying for this service?

    February 26, 2012 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  9. Balls 2U

    Sanatorium doesn't need protection remember HE is bigger that this earth ....it serves him!

    February 26, 2012 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  10. MrManhattan

    Why not just let Jesus protect him? Isn't this just an overreaching nanny state federal government engaging in wasteful spending?

    February 26, 2012 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  11. Fiddlezzit

    Why does the flamer need an escort?

    February 26, 2012 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  12. Mathew

    Secret service protection? Why? (and is he paying for it?)

    February 26, 2012 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  13. Truth Dealer

    Wait a minute ! Aren't conservatives supposed to be against using government fund's for thing's other than the military or giving repulsive tax break's to billionaires who don't need any help ! He should follow his stupid rhetoric and pay for it himself ! Conservatives are the biggest hypocrites on the planet !

    February 26, 2012 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  14. RS

    From himself, I hope.

    February 26, 2012 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  15. Justjean

    Why do they want protection? They are the ones making all the threats. Protect me from them.

    February 26, 2012 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  16. roy

    Wow, some people will try anything to feel special, and i bet in the back of his little mind he saying now if I can only fool tenough folk I can get my own paid private jet to, (Air Force One of of course) . Dam the demanding work that come's along with the job ... Don't care about that... Can i say spoil!!!

    February 26, 2012 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  17. bill dacis

    One day citizens will get protection, as home values decline, along with interest paid on their savings account, as their income and purchasing power declines. with ever increasing gas and living cost.

    God Bless the politicians for they are fairing well, along with most Government Workers.

    February 26, 2012 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  18. Frank!

    Wow, the thinking people in GOP really DO fear Santorum's rise in the polls. If there's a threat to him, it's not from Democrats. ;)

    If Santorum has a real shot at getting the Republican nomination, I will PERSONALLY protect him. Really, we in the Democratic party love him. He's this perfect idiotic gift from God. And, he's just too valuable to Obama's chances of winning for us to let him get hurt. Actually, all four of the remaining jokers running for the GOP nomination are looking pretty good to those of us on the left. Guys, PLEASE stay healthy, ESPECIALLY you Santorum.

    February 26, 2012 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  19. Starstuff

    From who... Satan? Oh boy they are in for a big surprise.

    February 26, 2012 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  20. James PDX

    Shouldn't we spend our tax dollars to protect something of more value? Like the world's largest ball of yarn or random roadkill.

    February 26, 2012 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  21. Sirned

    What? Is God on vacation?

    February 26, 2012 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  22. Lenny Pincus

    Protect Santorum from what? Thinking rationally? The Catholic Church doesn't like money going toward contraception. Well, Bishops, I don't want my tax money going to protect a religious lunatic. I'll buck up is you will.

    February 26, 2012 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  23. Donald Stump

    From Satan?

    February 27, 2012 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  24. Get A Clue!

    LOL, talking about a WASTE of tax payers money!!! ;-)

    February 27, 2012 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  25. Get A Clue!

    I'm surprised he didn't just ask for protection from G-d!
    He's talks like he's the ONLY candidate with a direct line up there!!! ;-)

    February 27, 2012 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
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