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. Aspen

    When these candidates are pulling in millions and millions to spend on TV ads, they can afford to have a SuperPac pay for private security.

    February 27, 2012 05:54 am at 5:54 am |
  2. Quincey9

    I don't Newt really needs to worry.

    February 27, 2012 05:57 am at 5:57 am |
  3. withoutgod

    So much for the power of faith. You would think that someone with such a close relationship to God would be able to count on Him for protection. Why not pray that God grant a squad of guardian angels instead? Oh yeah, that's right, because prayer doesn't work. If it did, Santorum would not need Secret Service protection. It's kind of like how the pope has a special bullet proof glass covered vehicle. Nothing demonstrates the power of faith like bullet proof glass. Maybe Santorum should place an order for a pope-mobile, since he is such a good Catholic (whatever that means).

    February 27, 2012 06:00 am at 6:00 am |
  4. Johnny Five

    Good. Because the wacko Liberals are out of control.

    February 27, 2012 06:13 am at 6:13 am |
  5. Marie MD

    Great! Just when you think that big head can't get any bigger. I hear that the newterman also wants secret service protection. Really, from whom? Tuba players around the world?

    February 27, 2012 06:23 am at 6:23 am |
  6. jacksays

    Um... why? Why are we spending the $$$ to protect non-nomimees? Even the dreaded Obama didn't get a detail assigned until he'd received the nomination.

    February 27, 2012 06:25 am at 6:25 am |
  7. Sam

    Poor Newt. "So I'm gonna get some of that cool secret service protection too, right?" *crickets*

    February 27, 2012 06:32 am at 6:32 am |
  8. Reddog9500

    America deserves protection from people like Santorum and Gingrich more than they deserve protection from Americans.

    February 27, 2012 06:33 am at 6:33 am |
  9. liz

    From what ? This is a waste of taxpayer money little Ricky Santorum will not be the nominee.

    February 27, 2012 06:52 am at 6:52 am |
  10. Marjee123

    I thought all candidates immediately got protection. What makes one more important than they other now.

    February 27, 2012 06:57 am at 6:57 am |
  11. sweater bird

    This guy is not getting my vote

    February 27, 2012 07:02 am at 7:02 am |
  12. terry

    And I used to think my tax dollar was wasted on Bush & Cheney... This is just "ridiculist".

    February 27, 2012 07:03 am at 7:03 am |
  13. T'sah From Virginia

    Okay, this is getting to be a bit much – 4 candidates – ONLY one can win – 3 of them know doggone well they are NOT going to win but yet they "hang in there" for photo ops. ginGRINCH is also asking for protection. I guarantee you Ron Paul will NOT request and/or NEED protection, and this is NOT an endorsement but a pure fact!

    Jeez – what a waste of campaign money for LOSERS!!

    Obama 2012!!

    February 27, 2012 07:03 am at 7:03 am |
  14. Siggy

    I thought God was already protecting him!

    February 27, 2012 07:15 am at 7:15 am |
  15. babooph

    Protection is the only choice ,a brain transplant is not able to be done....

    February 27, 2012 07:24 am at 7:24 am |
  16. Borat

    Protect him from what?
    The Village People?

    February 27, 2012 07:25 am at 7:25 am |
  17. G

    I feel sorry for the Secret Service agents who drew the short straws and got stuck with this assignment.

    February 27, 2012 07:28 am at 7:28 am |
  18. Thatguy371

    He doesn't need the Sectret Service protecting him. With all the useless drivel coming outta Santorum's mouth, he'll do a fine enough job of self-destruction by election time.

    February 27, 2012 07:30 am at 7:30 am |
  19. angel611

    The wealthy gods and wanna be dictators must be protected, the rest of us are on our own.
    That is the way it works, slaves.

    February 27, 2012 07:31 am at 7:31 am |
  20. Spidey-Man

    oh C'MON!!! Those are MY tax dollars!!! Bad enough we gotta pay for Bush and Cheyney's sorry butts after they've left office! Was bad enough paying for it while they WERE in office! Not to mention others from the past with the ongoing Secret Service support...

    February 27, 2012 07:33 am at 7:33 am |
  21. erin andrews perky breasts

    well i guess they aren't so secret after all now are they?

    February 27, 2012 07:35 am at 7:35 am |
  22. R.L.

    Why does he or Romney need Secret Service protection? Romney can buy his own protection. Unless you are the Republican candidate for President, then you should not receive taxpayer paid Secret Service protection. If you are that afraid of what someone may or may not do to you, then shut your mouth with your nonsense or get out of the race.

    February 27, 2012 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  23. A little sad

    He's gonna need it when the guys figure out he's basically saying "no nooky unless you're making a baby".

    February 27, 2012 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  24. Rags

    Grinch needn't worry. No one has any interest in him or what he does. Note that the bulbous body is just a bag of hot wind.

    February 27, 2012 07:46 am at 7:46 am |
  25. DesMoiner

    Based on the hate that this nut spews he NEEDS Secret Service protection. In an election where he's running for Supreme Chairman of the People's Democratic Republic of Amerika, he would do great. Hey Ricky, stay out of my business and keep your religious crap to yourself. It has NO place in public administration.

    February 27, 2012 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
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