Santorum endorses Romney in e-mail to supporters
May 7th, 2012
11:13 PM ET
2 years ago

Santorum endorses Romney in e-mail to supporters

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Rick Santorum told supporters in an e-mail Monday he was endorsing his one-time rival for the GOP presidential nomination Mitt Romney.

Santorum, who met with Romney in Pittsburgh Friday, told supporters the meeting was "productive," and that he was able to fully determine where the likely GOP nominee stood on a wide swath of issues.

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"Above all else, we both agree that President Obama must be defeated," Santorum wrote. "The task will not be easy. It will require all hands on deck if our nominee is to be victorious. Governor Romney will be that nominee and he has my endorsement and support to win this the most critical election of our lifetime."

Santorum, who dropped his bid for the nomination in early April, explained he wanted to wait to make an endorsement until he and Romney were able to speak face-to-face.

"I felt that it was completely impossible for me to even consider an endorsement until after a meeting to discuss issues critical to those of us who often feel our voices are not heard by the establishment: social conservatives, tea-party supporters, lower and middle income working families," Santorum wrote.

The former Pennsylvania senator said the meeting - which lasted 90 minutes and took place at the office of Santorum's campaign strategist - was meant in part "to assess Governor Romney's commitment to addressing the issues most important to conservatives, as well his commitment to ensuring our appropriate representation in a Romney administration."

One issue discussed was family, Santorum said.

"The family and its foundational role in America's economic success, a central point of our campaign, was discussed at length," Santorum said. "I was impressed with the Governor's deep understanding of this connection and his commitment to economic policies that preserve and strengthen families."

Santorum's endorsement of Romney could help the likely GOP nominee boost his support among the conservative wing of the party - a constituency he had problems gaining traction with during the primaries.

CNN's Kevin Liptak, Adam Aigner-Treworgy and Kevin Bohn contributed to this report.

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soundoff (174 Responses)
  1. Opinion8iit

    Emails don't count, he didn't write it

    May 8, 2012 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  2. Cayman Islands

    If Kennedy's speech on religious freedom made frithy sick, imagine he could not actually say he endorses mittens out loud without hurling all over the floor.

    An email written by a staffer. Now that is an endorsment anyone could be proud of.

    May 8, 2012 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
  3. kr

    I'm Catholic and I am not voting for the Republican party. Republicans are a bunch of people with masks.

    May 8, 2012 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  4. yoshi

    Rick – you need to do more than that dude. Come on, be a stand-up guy and publicly endorse him onstage and rally your supporters behind Mitt. This is going to be a squeekly close election and your reluctance to get involved could put Obama back in the White House and pretty much finally destroy this country.

    May 8, 2012 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  5. meaz23

    Romney agreed to "service" santorum man on dog style for his endorsement.

    May 8, 2012 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  6. TJeff1776

    Romney's endorsement of the Health Industry IS going to be a REAL issue. The H. I. is paying off our congressmen to scuddle Obamacare with no mention of a program to replace it. THATS not gonna fly.

    May 8, 2012 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  7. GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE/Dutch, Bad Newz, VA

    Willard has NO CORE!!!! You can't expect him to stand firm to a position and stay there. That's just not in his nature. Whichever way the political tides are swaying, Willard is more than likely going to sway with them. Rick should have held onto that endorsement. It may come back to bite him in the fututre.

    May 8, 2012 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  8. Wake up people

    More lies and the number one goal get the uh black guy out of the White House. Keep on lying rethugs hopefully the majority of the people are not idiots and see all of you for what you really are.

    OBAMA 2012!

    May 8, 2012 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  9. vatoloke

    Signs of the cyber-world we live in, a 'E-endorsement,' how innovative of Ricky Sanitorium.

    May 8, 2012 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  10. goober

    Family? a pro-abortion stance is family-strengthening? Supporting big business and a Wall Street that seeks to rob every single working-class family – that's family-strengthening? Thanks for nothing, Rick. I'll be sending my vote to Ron Paul. At least he's still conservative and pro-life, you sellout.

    May 8, 2012 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  11. Mitt Romney

    If email and electronic means is the only endorsement you need. I hereby endorse Ron Paul for president!

    May 8, 2012 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  12. Drafter31

    Santorum said before, that Romney would be the "Worst possible GOP nominee"...

    So, what does that tell you about Santorum's principle's or lack thereof?

    Santorum has no principle's and Santorum's supporters despise Mitt Romney...

    You're all welcome folks to join us to support the Only True Conservative in this GOP Race....Dr. Ron Paul.

    Ron Paul just won Nevada and Maine over this past weekend, winning the bulk of the delegates from these two states to the National Convention in Tampa, FL...

    May 8, 2012 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  13. Belingo

    "Governor Romney will be that nominee and he has my endorsement and support to win this the most critical election of our lifetime."

    I love how Republicans are really shooting all the ammo they have, as Mr. Santorum did here and Mr. Perry did with his "God help us if we lose this election" thing. Those comments will be the soundbites played by presidential campaigns four, eight, or twelve years from now, illustrating how desperate the GOP has become that it can no longer argue with actual arguments but only with apocalyptic rhetoric.

    May 8, 2012 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  14. iceload9

    "Santorum endorses Romney in e-mail" Instead of on stage for the show? I guess this is as close to Romney as Santorum wants to get. Guess he was turned down for the VP job.

    May 8, 2012 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  15. ProfS

    Wow, he took one for the party...again ;) lol...and if that wasn't a flip-flop....

    May 8, 2012 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  16. woodofpine

    "WE" all agree that Obama must be defeated...

    The "WE" are the folks that defined policy and implemented it during W's administration – the Prty. Romney is another son of a GOP scion, Ivy Leaguer, businessman, pliant 'centrist', former state Gov., backed by Karl Rove; W the Sequel. Can you hear the echos of 2000-2008?

    May 8, 2012 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  17. Drafter31

    Santorum said before, that Romney would be the "Worst possible GOP nominee"...

    So, what does that tell you about Santorum's principle's or lack thereof?

    Santorum has no principle's and Santorum's supporters despise Mitt Romney...

    You're all welcome folks to join us to support the Only Pro-life, Evangelical Christian, True Conservative in this GOP Race....Dr. Ron Paul.

    Ron Paul just won Nevada and Maine over this past weekend, winning the bulk of the delegates from these two states to the National Convention in Tampa, FL...

    May 8, 2012 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  18. Rudy NYC

    "Above all else, we both agree that President Obama must be defeated," Santorum wrote.
    -------------------–
    What happened to jobs? Our economy and the global slowdown? Iran and N. Korea? Iraq and Afghanistan? Education? Health care for those who cannot afford it? The ongoing mortgage crisis and overpriced housing?

    Why are Republicans cutting NASA in order to fund tax cuts for the wealthy?

    May 8, 2012 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  19. Jeb

    "Santorum, who met with Romney in Pittsburgh Friday, told supporters the meeting was "productive," and that he was able to fully determine where the likely GOP nominee stood on a wide swath of issues."
    ----------
    Seriously Santorum, how is it possible to know where Romney stands on any issue when Romney flip-flops almost daily??

    May 8, 2012 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  20. GoAWay

    You can just FEEL the excitement, huh?

    May 8, 2012 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  21. 1zb1

    Gee whiz, that is a rousing endorsement if ever there never was. What it does underscore, however, is Romney's willingness to pander to the lunatic fringe of the Rightwing – which these days is just about the whole Republican Party. There is one thing Santorum is right about: this is the most important election, and anyone with half a brain needs to wake up to the fact they can take a giant step into the dark ages with Romney and the Republicans with another term of Bush 3 or they can have a future based on building a better life for all.

    May 8, 2012 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  22. John

    It doesn't matter who Endorsed Mitt Romney he till won't win and he will till lose buy 15% or more.

    May 8, 2012 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  23. K3Citizen

    Sorry, I listened to everything Santorum said about Romney in the debates. He criticized Romney for flip flopping so I can't vote for Romney. I have to vote for Obama because he keeps his word better than Mitt. I could never vote for Romney after hearing his own party cut him to pieces.

    May 8, 2012 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  24. Nick-o

    Oh wait, didn't you just say a few weeks ago that he was the worst candidate for the GOP? So how did we get from there to here, Mr. Santorum?

    May 8, 2012 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
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