Santorum hasn't yet talked to Romney
April 16th, 2012
09:37 PM ET
2 years ago

Santorum hasn't yet talked to Romney

(CNN) - Rick Santorum, who announced last week he was dropping out of the contest for the Republican presidential nomination, said on a conference call with supporters Monday he hasn't spoken with the likely victor of that race, Mitt Romney.

"As far as involvement with a particular presidential candidate, I had a chance to talk to Newt [Gingrich], I haven't had a chance yet to talk to Gov. Romney, but we'll be talking to both of them and we're going to go out and do what we believe is in the best interest of our country," Santorum said on the call, which an organizer said reached more than 4,000 of Santorum's supporters.

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On April 10, Santorum announced he was suspending his presidential bid, saying he arrived at the decision after "prayer and thought." Romney and Santorum spoke on the phone before the announcement, but the former candidate has yet to endorse anyone for the GOP nomination.

Sources said last week Romney asked for Santorum's endorsement right away during their phone conversation, but Santorum's communications director, Hogan Gidley, said there was no guarantee that would happen after what has been a tough and at times bitter campaign.

On Monday, Santorum said his supporters should continue to advocate for the issues he espoused during his bid for the nomination, including strengthening America's manufacturing sector.

Asked how he would tell his supporters to vote in upcoming primary contests, Santorum said simply to "stay tuned," and that he would make an announcement with more substantial plans in the next two weeks.

He said, "We will have a place for people to organize, and to rally, to make a difference. We're working on something now; how to best make that happen. I would just encourage people to stay tuned. As far as who you vote for, that's up to you. I haven't supported any candidate at this point."

Santorum's decision to drop out of the race came after his youngest daughter, Bella, was hospitalized over Easter weekend. The 3-year-old girl suffers from a chromosomal condition called Trisomy 18. She could be heard in the background of Monday's conference call as Santorum's wife, Karen, was preparing her dinner.

One of her biggest regrets of the campaign, Karen Santorum said, was not letting the world see more of her daughter.

"She's such a cute and sweet little girl, and she radiates this joy and love that you can't describe in words," Karen Santorum said. She added she was continuing to work on a book about her life with Bella.

The call ended with organizers asking for donations from supporters to help pay down Santorum's campaign debt. At the end of February, the campaign was more than $900,000 in debt, according to documents filed with the Federal Election Commission in March.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Rick Santorum
soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. sittingduck

    That's good for Romney.

    April 16, 2012 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  2. Larry L

    I guess this is the point where Santorum sells his soul and compromises all of his previously stated ideology. The same Romney who was the "worst possible Republican possible" is now his buddy. What a pile of conservative crap.

    April 16, 2012 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  3. Steven Colo

    Santorum's going to do what's best for the country? When did THAT happen?

    April 16, 2012 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  4. GI Joe

    The good of the American People? Get your butt home and take care of your dying daughter. Get her off the taxpayer's dole (no insurance company would cover HER pre-existing condition) - they had to get MEDICAID for her.

    April 16, 2012 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  5. enuff

    I did not agree with Santorum's ideas, but I wish his family well. I am disappointed that Romney is showing his "anti-humanitarium" side. Regardless of the campaign, he should remember, it's just politics.

    April 16, 2012 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  6. ditty1991

    Santorum supporters, all we ask is if you could give ron paul a chance. visit dailypaul dot com, this purely grassroots run website can answer any questions you may have.

    April 16, 2012 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  7. julien vergara

    Every time obama does somethin, it will create deficit and lost. I hope he will be honest during election time because I dont believe those polls

    April 16, 2012 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  8. BigBeau

    We need you Rick Santorum and not that fake Romney.You will always be in my
    prayer and thought." Love you from all of your true Republican family.

    April 16, 2012 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  9. J.V.Hodgson

    I suspect he is more likely to endorse Gingrich partly because of the attacks Romney made against him and partly because in Santorums view Romney is not far enough to the right, nor a true Republican, nor harsh as it may be to say will Romneys mormon faith help either.
    Santorum Gingrich and Paul wan to demonstrate to romney that they and thier positions have to a strong part of His policies as a president and that he will not flip flop. That means som big and influential position promises from Romney should he be elected.
    Regards,
    Hodgson.

    April 16, 2012 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  10. Thomas

    Santorum hasn't yet talked to Romney ?

    Romney hasn't yet talked to Santorum , and I'm sure he isn't in a hurry to talk to Rick !

    April 17, 2012 01:27 am at 1:27 am |
  11. Morning1Sun

    If I was in Mr. Santorum's shoes, I would not have anything to do with Romney. He was about to humiliate Santorum in his own state. Politics is politics, but to ridicule someone in public with untruths is dishonorable. Supporters of Rick Santorum should vote for President Obama. At least the President is a respectful of others and don't shame people with lies.If Romney is so good with economics, why doesn't he show the public his his tax information? I don't blame Santorum if he doesn't support anyone. His Republican party did not support him, why should he support Romney.

    April 17, 2012 03:05 am at 3:05 am |
  12. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    He's lying. The GOBP always put their party first,not America.

    April 17, 2012 05:37 am at 5:37 am |
  13. Jerry

    Does Mr. Romney REALLY need this sour puss?! Maybe Mr. Romney should tell him blankly, if you have not come around yet; WE DON"T NEED YOU!!!

    April 17, 2012 06:21 am at 6:21 am |
  14. Marie MD

    You know you are not liked when sanatorium doesn't even want to stand by you.

    April 17, 2012 06:25 am at 6:25 am |
  15. Don

    Come on Rick. Join Team Romney. All you have to do is deny evberything you believe in. Its easy. All the GOP is doing it this year.

    April 17, 2012 06:27 am at 6:27 am |
  16. The Greedy Old PIgs declared class war on US!

    What would he say? "Hey Mitt, wanna borrow some of my lies?"

    April 17, 2012 07:13 am at 7:13 am |
  17. ST

    I have a feeling that after Santorum's home state voting is over, he is going to come back to the race!

    April 17, 2012 07:34 am at 7:34 am |
  18. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I would advise Santorum not to talk to Romney unless there was a guarantee that Santorum would be either VP or in the cabinet for some department that wouldn't be cut or elimintated.

    April 17, 2012 09:19 am at 9:19 am |