May 4th, 2012
04:57 PM ET
3 years ago

Aide: Santorum endorsement could come in 'next week or so'

(CNN) – John Brabender, a senior strategist to former GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum, said Friday if the ex-GOP candidate endorses his former top rival Mitt Romney it will be "in the next week or so."

Brabender's comments came after a meeting between the one-time opponents, which he characterized as a productive, issues-driven conversation. Nonetheless, the session did not produce an immediate endorsement from Santorum.

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"I think if something is going to happen it will happen sooner than later," Brabender said of a potential endorsement. Asked by CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley what "sooner" meant, Brabender said "probably in the next week or so, not in the next two months."

The meeting between Romney and Santorum took place Friday morning at Brabender's office in Pittsburgh, and lasted 90 minutes. In the interview Friday, Brabender broke down some of the important issues the two Republicans discussed.

"I think it was a very friendly yet certainly a very serious talk," Brabender said. "I think both of them are very focused on how to beat Barack Obama this fall. I think most of the conversation centered around that."

Brabender listed manufacturing and pro-family issues as some of the topics Santorum brought up during the meeting.

"I got the sense from spending a little time with both of them it was a very candid meeting, very productive," Brabender said, who also added the meeting itself was a one-on-one between Santorum and Romney, without aides or advisers present.

Brabender explained the span of time between the end of Santorum's campaign and the meeting was not a sign of lukewarm feelings, but rather an indication the former Pennsylvania senator is taking the endorsement process seriously.

"I think if an endorsement comes it'll have more weight and will be more helpful to Mitt Romney if indeed that happens," Brabender said.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Rick Santorum
soundoff (140 Responses)
  1. Dj Rhyme

    The "mad republican" romney is mad that he is not the potus. The "mad republican" is mad about all the accomplishments this president achieve n 3 years. The "mad republican" wish he has futuristic ideas to continue to move this country forward. Instead.. the "mad republican" is content wit just being mad wit no solutions.

    May 5, 2012 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  2. Zil Zerimar

    Santorum (Google Santorum) what are you waiting for? Why can't you endorse Romney? Are you waiting for Christmas?

    May 5, 2012 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  3. Nick Newton

    @Dj Rhyme – what achievements has Obama had in office? I can't name any!

    May 5, 2012 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  4. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Sounds like a great plan to beat President Obama when Romney and Santorum continue to beat up each other and don't forget about Newt, he's still beating up on Romney.

    May 5, 2012 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  5. GI Joe

    I don't trust Rmoney and I certainly don't trust santorum. They are BOTH liars. Untrustworthy. Flip-Flop.

    May 5, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  6. Howard

    I love how te endorsements are so luke warm. And Santorum apparently has to consult his bible tosee if he should do endorse Romney.

    May 5, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  7. Careful Thought

    People like "mike" can make elaborate claims without a ilck of evidence to back any of it up. Everything I've heard about Romney says he's got a principled moral compass.

    May 5, 2012 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  8. Sue

    Morning1Son:

    ......"Still waiting to hear Romney tell us how he is going to create jobs"

    ======================================================================

    hahahahahahahaha..........It has been 3-1/2 years since Obama has been in office............And, we are STILL waiting to hear him tell us how he is going to create jobs!!!

    Romney has NOT been President for 3-1/2 years, Obama is!!!

    May 5, 2012 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  9. John

    My god, Santorum endorses Romney. Two venemous snakes coiling together, both a couple of toxic intellects. Santorum would have society regress to the neanderthalian age where women's rights would be no more; Romney on the other hand is a liar. He would lead society down the garden path where the rich would inherit and prosper, while the poor and less fortunate would fall by the side and perish. Romney reminds me of the pied pied piper, where people followed him to their doom. And, if that's not enough, Michelle Bachmann endorsed Romney, now Bachmann if you remember, told people that god told her to run for presidency, that's a sign of delusions of grandeur. Oh one more thing: Gingrich will endorse Romney. Gingrich is the family values man, endulging in affairs while his wife had cancer and dying. Now need I mention Cain. Anyone that votes republican (Repuke Party) is highly delusional.

    May 5, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  10. Cogito

    I can't wait to see the Daily Show & Colbert Report montages of all the things Bachmann, Santorum, Gingrich, et ilk, said about Romney during the debates now that they've all decided to endorse him.
    hahahahaha...flip-floppin' losers, each & every one of 'em.
    GARY JOHNSON 2012!!!

    May 5, 2012 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  11. Voice of Reason

    After spending months trashing the guy, now he's going to endorse him?

    Do we need any more evidence that such an endorsement is completely worthless?

    Either it is an insincere endorsement given for face value only to please the party, or the guy who's doing the endorsing has no integrity, and changes his mind with the wind (or polls). Either way: COMPLETELY WORTHLESS.

    May 5, 2012 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  12. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    Limp Mitt McCain reels in another tepid, fake endorsement from the Anybody but Mitt McCain party.

    May 5, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  13. yogi

    Who endorses who in the GOP is completely irrelevant. What is relevant is the GOP electorate and that truly is a sad state of affairs: Look at the Republicans they elected in office everywhere...what disasters! Wake up America, with those clowns in office were are going back slowly to the edge.
    Obama 2012! the only way to keep going into the direction of civilization.

    May 5, 2012 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  14. packerfans

    Vote for Mitt Romney who can save America! Obama has many failed and not keep word over war less six months from three year and half?? and 16.5 trillions debts he love spend money where go?? He do not know how to save America. What joke Dem voter for Obama who still failure?? Even he did not save gulf mexico leak oils right way istead months? He ruin mother nature earth!! If he stay two terms it will worst president of earth in history!! He love blame Gop Rich people should pay higher taxes???? He is very wrong and not fit presidnt Untied States. We need Rich people hiring more worker than fedrals. Of course Obama is very stupid!! Obama brainwash to Dem Voters and others . He try cutting retired peoples and scared all old peoples many way his threat to Gop!! NO one alike that President history alike him. DO NOT VOTE FOR OMAHA!!! Otherwise your laugh will be stuck!! Vote for Mitt Romney who can around save America!!

    May 5, 2012 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  15. TheHardTruth

    Santorum is waiting for his endorsement to be meaningless. That's all.

    May 5, 2012 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
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