Romney: Don't expect Santorum endorsement today
May 4th, 2012
09:27 AM ET
3 years ago

Romney: Don't expect Santorum endorsement today

(CNN) – Mitt Romney, who is meeting with former candidate Rick Santorum in Pittsburgh Friday, said in an interview an endorsement from his former chief rival wasn't imminent.

"I don't think we have plans for an endorsement today," Romney said on Fox News. "I think all the Republicans will come together and support my candidacy. We said so on the stage in debates against one another. We'll get the economy going."

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Romney's campaign, as well as Santorum's advisers, have refused to discuss details of the two Republicans' get-together, and were trying to keep the location secret. They have planned no press coverage of the meeting.

Santorum aides have said an immediate endorsement of Romney is not expected at the session. Instead, they describe an opportunity for the one-time opponents to get to know each other better and discuss the upcoming general election campaign, as well as some of the conservative policy issues important to the former Pennsylvania senator.

CNN's Kevin Bohn contributed to this report.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Rick Santorum
soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Marie MD

    What? The sanatorium is NOT on the list of nobody wants to be your vp?
    We all know that it was the usual nasty no prisoner kind of garbage party of hell no primary but it's going to be very hard to forget the truths you all swung at each other.
    LOL

    May 4, 2012 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  2. vote the Tea Party OUT in 2012

    didn't Santorum say that Mitt Romney would be the WORST candidate to put up against Barrack Obama? Why would that change now?

    May 4, 2012 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  3. pkbkr

    why would Santorum endorse the guy who destroyed him on the campaign trail? Where is the honesty in santorum? These right-wingers are soooooo disgusting!

    May 4, 2012 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  4. Joseph Smith

    Romney is getting nervous that he can't rally his own troops...how disappointing for him.

    May 4, 2012 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  5. Four and The Door

    Rick Santorum is all about Rick Santorum. He pandered, he learned how to talk with a Southern drawl and he campaigned with every ounce of energy. But he wasn't able to stand up to the powerhouse Romney. Now's not the time either. Quit pouting. Republicans have spoken. Get on board.

    May 4, 2012 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  6. Morpunkt

    I won't hold my breath.
    He already caused enough damage to Romney. I don't think he will get the VP nod.
    Sore loser.

    May 4, 2012 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  7. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I cannot imagine that all republicans will come together and support the lying flip flopper. While tax evasion and money laundering may be a plus to some wealthy republicans, it is not a positive quality of a president.

    May 4, 2012 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  8. Larry L

    Santorum needs time to shake his Etch-A-Sketch and emerge as the candidate who doesn't think Romney "is the worst Republican possible"... It seem his ideals and virtues take a back seat to money and politics.

    May 4, 2012 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  9. ST

    No expectation of endorsement today said Romney, and still he expects they will later come together. Wow! five months to the election day is a very, very long time to go as per Romney thinking.

    May 4, 2012 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  10. kate

    Good for you. OBAMA 2012!

    May 4, 2012 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  11. GI Joe

    Who cares – a perfect 11.

    Two 1's standing side by side.

    May 4, 2012 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  12. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I would hope that Santorum doesn't do any endorsement since Romney isn't conservative enough for many on the right wing. What does Romney really stand for because he has said many things. His actions don't help much. I say that Santorum should remain silent.

    May 4, 2012 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  13. Manny in Cali

    Didn't Ricky already endorse Obama over Romney back in March? He stated that we might as well stay with what we got. So why would he flip flop now?

    May 4, 2012 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  14. BB 7813

    The chutspah of the Republicans is scary!! the previous GOP administration put the economy into an economic freefall and now the GOP is unhappy with the pace of the recovery!!

    May 4, 2012 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  15. Mark

    I think it is more likely that a Democratic, one party rule is more likely to kill Osama Big Money and get it out of politics. The Republican party is owned by big money so it's just not going to happen with them.

    May 4, 2012 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  16. mike

    How can anyone take Romney seriously as a leader he has no spine whatsoever, hes a coward, he wont sand up to Limbaugh or people like Bryan Fisher and Tony Perkins etc etc..he is totally spineless! How the hell is he ever going to stand up to the real tyrants in the world like Iran North Korea etc etc. he is a coward and a complete disgrace. The man is scared stiff of the extreme right of his party. They are using him like toilet paper!

    May 4, 2012 10:49 am at 10:49 am |