Alabama governor says he's voting for Santorum, not endorsing him
March 13th, 2012
11:59 AM ET
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Alabama governor says he's voting for Santorum, not endorsing him

(CNN) – Despite a statement from Rick Santorum's campaign touting Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley's vote for the candidate, the governor's office said Tuesday that Bentley will not be publicly endorsing a candidate for the state's primary.

A Republican congressman said on the "Rick and Bubba" radio show Tuesday morning that Bentley had voted for Santorum.

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Santorum's campaign quickly posted the news on Twitter, along with a photo of Santorum and the governor. It then sent out a statement detailing the governor's vote.

But Bentley's office responded with a statement saying his vote was not an official endorsement.

While he views Santorum as "the most conservative candidate," he "believes a vote is a personal decision that should be based on a voter's values and principles, not on someone else's opinion," according to the statement sent out by Bentley's communications director, Jeremy King.

"The Governor was asked as a voter who he would vote for, and he answered that he had personally chosen to vote for Rick Santorum. The Republican primary features a strong pool of candidates, and Governor Bentley has made it clear he will fully support the Republican nominee chosen by the people."


Filed under: 2012 • Alabama • Rick Santorum • Robert Bentley
soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. Marie MD

    If you vote for a person yiu are actually endorsing him. The South once again not rises but raises questions about intelligent life!

    March 13, 2012 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  2. ST

    Can anyone enlighten me please! If I vote for someone it means I support that person and if I was important like other people, I will say to them, support that person as I do support him myself by voting for him. Am sorry I do not get the real sense of this Gov. voting for Santorum but not endorsing him.

    March 13, 2012 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  3. Emmy Skaddittle

    Let me get this straight, he is not going to endorse the candidate he is voting for? That is a true politician

    March 13, 2012 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  4. cali girl

    careful there Mr. Governor. Might come back to haunt you.

    March 13, 2012 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  5. IndependentMom

    Of course, the GOP establishment has already decided that Romney is their man. So this governor is just playing with words! IF you vote for a candidate..... that IS an endorsement.

    Romney won't get the Southern Baptist vote, they loathe the LDS.

    March 13, 2012 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  6. strong in the south

    Santorin is the only candidate who have a chance to beat pres. Obama, Romney had his chance in 2008. GO SANTORIN!!!! WIN IN THE SOUTH!!!

    March 13, 2012 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  7. NameUncleD

    He should not have divulged his vote if he didn't want it to be considered an endorsement!

    March 13, 2012 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  8. hicksticks2001

    If you publicly announce who you voted for in private, then that is the same thing as endorsing someone. I find it weird that he is willing to announce who he voted for, but doesn't want to "endorse". Very strange.

    March 13, 2012 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  9. ST

    This Gov. is bringing the memories of: "What I did for Massachusetts was good for them and not for the rest of the nation" (Mitt Romney). Good thinkers, does this make any sense?

    March 13, 2012 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  10. Wes

    @strong in the south it's Santorum. Not Santorin which you miss spelled twice so not an accident. It's printed like 10 times in the article above. Just ya know sayin'

    March 13, 2012 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  11. steve

    strong in south: What planet are you from?? CHURCH FREAK one

    March 13, 2012 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  12. steve

    Maybe you need to learn how to spell also

    March 13, 2012 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  13. Rudy NYC

    It must be really weird to be a Republican because you cannot ever make a bad decision and *admit your mistake*. Actually maybe it isn't so bad. Not taking responsibility for your decisions is actually the easy way out, a cop out.

    March 13, 2012 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  14. Mikey

    @strong in the south – If your going to vote for "Santorin", you might want to learn how to spell his name first. I also suggest that you vote for Obama – he will try to improve our schools, even rural schools, so the next generation of children might be able to spell and use proper grammar.

    March 13, 2012 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  15. Wake up people

    Because he knows Mittens will get the nom. He has the most money and will certainly buy it.

    March 13, 2012 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  16. Sorensen

    Good old-fashioned southern Alabama logic ! Pass the grits !

    March 13, 2012 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  17. Wake up people

    No Steve, strong in south is from"get that black man out of office." That's all they care about. Pitiful.

    March 13, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  18. Lev

    IndependantMom. It is sad that people of good character and good potential are excluded you suggest just because of their religion....Does this sound like something followers of Christ would do?

    March 13, 2012 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  19. Wake up people

    Strong in the south, straight uneducated red neck.

    March 13, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  20. 100% ETHIO

    The Two Rick's, reckoned, when Romney run.

    I voted him, not endorsing him?
    Who needs the L..... anyways. If he(Rick) win, he(?) will respond differently.
    =======================
    We need the Public track records for the Three Zeros, who were out. It seems, no one likes them. How they got there, anyhow.

    1) Rick Perry; 0 won, 1,144 delegates needed to win.

    2) Michelle Bachmann; 0 won, 1,144 delegates needed to win.

    3) John Huntsman; 0 won, 1,144 delegates to win.

    March 13, 2012 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |