Wisconsin senator throws support behind Santorum
GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum speaks with Wisconsin state Sen. Glenn Grothman (wearing blue shirt) in Green Bay on March 24, 2012.
March 24th, 2012
11:26 PM ET
3 years ago

Wisconsin senator throws support behind Santorum

Green Bay, Wisconsin (CNN) – The state senator behind a controversial bill in Wisconsin linking single parents to child abuse is endorsing Rick Santorum's White House bid.

The former senator from Pennsylvania was pressed about his voting record by State Sen. Glenn Grothman between bowling strikes at Lakeshore Lanes before he decided to support the candidate. By Saturday evening, he was eating dinner with him at Titletown Brewing Co. and watching the results of Louisiana's primary unfold on television.

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Earlier, CNN overheard Grothman tell Santorum that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, whom he supported in 2008, was "probably going to win" the Republican nomination. But, said Grothman, he was going to support Santorum despite the odds.

"I don't mind jumping on board," he said.

Grothman was less candid later in an interview - and more optimistic about Santorum's chances.

"I'm concerned about Gov. Romney's massive expansion of health care in Massachusetts. Sen. Santorum is the real deal," Grothman said after a rally in Bellevue. "(I) think he can win this race, because the true believers determine Republican primaries. And if the word gets out, the true believers will support Sen. Santorum."

The West Bend state senator received national attention after he and two legislators introduced a bill that would require Wisconsin to consider single parenthood a contributor to child abuse and neglect.

Before he threw his support, Grothman asked Santorum to explain some of his votes when he was senator, including his support of the National Endowment for the Arts and a measure that funded Planned Parenthood.

"Sen. Santorum has as conservative a voting record as there is," Grothman later told CNN. "I am not worried about that. You can always take votes out of context on a major budget worth hundreds of pages, but Sen. Santorum has been the leader of the common sense approach to government in this country for years, and I have no qualms about endorsing him."

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Filed under: 2012 • Rick Santorum • Wisconsin
soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Johnny B. Goode

    Rick Santorum is the closest thing to an American Taliban that I've ever seen. If he had been born in Afghanistan he'd be a Taliban leader. How he got elected to the Senate in Pennsylvania way back when baffles me to no end.

    March 25, 2012 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  2. FRANK FROM LAS VEGAS

    The new GOP seems to be alive and well in Wisconsin, one crazy person endorsing another crazy person. Grothman told little Ricky that Romney was "probably going to win" but that he was going to support Santorum despite the odds. Really?!? Little Ricky would lead the United States all the back to the dark ages, especially if you're a woman. The only truth little Ricky has let pass his lips is when he endorsed President Obama over Mittens, not to mention himself. The true American people will be sure not to let little Ricky anywhere near the White House, not even as a visitor.

    March 25, 2012 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  3. Common sense grandma

    Glenn Grothman is definitely in the GOP clown car. Is he serious about single mothers? What's a widow to do? I was a single mother and I raised a daughter who is a successful attorney and married with four lovely children. she attends mass regularly, donates time and money to charity and cares deeply about the less fortunate. I raised her on my own with no government help and no need for any caveman advice from heinous throwbacks like Grothman. Wake up and get rid of these Neanderthals.

    March 25, 2012 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  4. otermbachmann

    Poopy poo seems to get all the aliens. One strange out of this world idiot. To think people want him as president. F-ing scary.

    March 25, 2012 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
  5. bullock w

    No thank vote for santorum cause he make trying more lots blame on mitt roomney but santorum will take careful his word mouth

    March 25, 2012 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
  6. Larry L

    We'll need to probe those single parents! Let's probe the kids too. It's all God's work. I know when my mom raised all six of us by herself she certainly need Rick Santorum to keep her from abusing us... while she worked two jobs and came home to fix our supper. SHe'd tend our colds and be certain we ad clean clothes for school. I guess it's her abusive fault we only managed to get 7 college degrees and most rose to the top of their chosen fields.

    March 25, 2012 01:50 am at 1:50 am |
  7. Steven Colo

    Yep, Santorum is sewing up the whackjob vote and the misogynist vote.

    March 25, 2012 02:00 am at 2:00 am |
  8. Mary in AZ

    Green Bay? Goes well with Santorum. LOL!!!!

    March 25, 2012 02:42 am at 2:42 am |
  9. Thomas

    The state senator behind a controversial bill in Wisconsin linking single parents to child abuse is endorsing Rick Santorum's White House bid.

    Where do these people get there facts ?

    March 25, 2012 02:45 am at 2:45 am |
  10. Donkey Party

    Witness the GOP version of Sharia Law manifesting itself in GOP controlled states. Civil war may be the only cure to counter it.

    March 25, 2012 02:49 am at 2:49 am |
  11. Marlee

    Being a single parent does not necessarily mean one is a bad parent!! Deadbeat parents that run out on their kids are neglectfull!!

    March 25, 2012 04:45 am at 4:45 am |
  12. Namejkane fl live from teapublican moon base no taxes, no regulation no health care, free gas.

    The true believers ,who ever they are should be sent to somila or the teapublican moon colony to start their own screwed up country and take truth with along with the moron teapublican senator.

    March 25, 2012 04:55 am at 4:55 am |
  13. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    Obama/Biden 2012!

    March 25, 2012 07:00 am at 7:00 am |
  14. Vickie

    And the GOP continues to lose the womens' vote! Women love Murphy Brown and laugh at Dan Quayle more than ever.

    March 25, 2012 07:26 am at 7:26 am |
  15. The Greedy Old Pigs declared class war on US!

    Know what else contributes to child abuse and neglect, senator?

    Your party and its sick, twisted policies favoring the filthy rich uber alles..

    March 25, 2012 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
  16. Reine

    Thanks for not supporting Romney because he doesn't need an extremist to endorse him. I can see why he would support Santorum since he sponsored such a ridiculous bill. Mitt is going to be our nominee & has better people endorsing him

    March 25, 2012 07:45 am at 7:45 am |