April 10th, 2012
08:04 PM ET
2 years ago

Santorum adviser insists he will rally behind Romney

(CNN) – John Brabender, an adviser to Rick Santorum, gave more details Tuesday night about the hours leading up to Santorum’s announcement to suspend his presidential campaign.

In an interview on CNN’s “John King, USA,” Brabender said he called Mitt Romney’s campaign manager, Matt Rhoades, Monday night to relay the news that Santorum would leave the race the following day.

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“We had a great conversation. We expressed that the senator would be getting out and that we do want to help the Romney campaign,” Brabender told CNN Chief National Correspondent John King. “It was suggested that we have the two candidates talk to each other, which they did this morning.”

He added that Romney recommended to Santorum the two meet soon to talk about “ways in which Rick Santorum could help.”

Responding to questions about Santorum not mentioning Romney in his exit speech, Brabender cautioned people against reading too much into it.

“Rick felt that it was very important to have a narrative that shares why he was suspending his campaign and all the good that the campaign did, and also make it clear that Rick Santorum is going to be a passionate fighter and a loud voice for conservative causes,” Brabender said.

While the rival candidates often engaged in scathing attacks as they battled for delegates, Brabender maintained Santorum would ultimately rally behind Romney in the general election.

“Rick has been very clear from Day One that he would unify behind whoever the candidate is, the Republican nominee, because they certainly are a much stronger and better hope for America than Barack Obama,” Brabender said. “And he will do that right now with Mitt Romney.”

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soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Mark

    Brabender talks in circles and doesn't fool anybody.

    April 10, 2012 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  2. Namejkane fl live from teapublican moon base no taxes, no regulation no health care, free gas.

    Both losers in Nov Dem landslide.

    April 10, 2012 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  3. julien vergara

    Rick can help but he should be responsible for all comments toward democrats

    April 10, 2012 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  4. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I think it was more likely something along the lines of "I know that your are the nominee now because I couldn't catch you. If it weren't for your money to run all those negative ads and my daughter getting sick, I'd have won."

    April 10, 2012 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  5. Larry L

    Santorum would look like a fool for supporting Romney. It would mean his values, like Romney's, are nothing more than political noise.

    April 10, 2012 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  6. FedUp

    Please don't. For the first time in my life, I will be voting for a 3rd party candidate.

    April 11, 2012 07:00 am at 7:00 am |
  7. Anonymous

    Ricky is just negotiating the size of his payoff to endorse Rmoney.

    April 11, 2012 07:22 am at 7:22 am |