Santorum endorses Romney in e-mail to supporters
May 7th, 2012
11:13 PM ET
3 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. Anonymous

    Bull-spit. How the hell can this guy who so adamantly opposed Romney during the republican candidacy run suddenly change his views and support him? I hate this.

    May 8, 2012 02:22 am at 2:22 am |
  2. CA David

    These two guys are stuck in the past based on their religious beliefs and culture. I am not judging them, just stating the facts. They should be proud of their beliefs and overtly own them. The voters can decide based on authenticity.

    May 8, 2012 02:26 am at 2:26 am |
  3. Anderson

    Santorum is so full of garbage. Just stunning on how a month ago Romney was not only ideologically incapable of being POTUS but professionally unqualified. Amazing.

    May 8, 2012 02:27 am at 2:27 am |
  4. david mann

    Sanctorum will never hold elective office again. He was overwhelmingly defeated out of office after one term, and has no more political clout than Bachmann, so his endorsement is weightless. Gingrich called Romney a "liar" on air, so his very tepid endorsement is basically useless as well. This is desperation time for Flippermitt.

    May 8, 2012 02:37 am at 2:37 am |
  5. luke,az

    There is no enthusiasm for Gov. Romney from within the Republican hierarchy. I'm waiting for the Republican party to explode into three parties; moderates,evangelicals and tea partiers. Gov. Romney just does not possess any substantive leadership qualities, but he's the perfect person for the 1%'ers to control and manipulate.

    May 8, 2012 02:40 am at 2:40 am |
  6. manhandler1

    Wow! A full throated endorsement by e-mail! If someone endorsed me by e-mail, I would think....As Romney would say.."Oh, my goodness gracious, this guy must hate me."

    May 8, 2012 02:44 am at 2:44 am |
  7. Donaldbain

    I see Santorum's endorsement being worth about as much as his chances of ever being President. Nothing doing. After the name-calling and bashing of the campaign, to be suddenly "for" Romney is totally hypocritical. Not that it would stop Ricky from doing so. He is now the "flip-flopper" he described Romney as during the primaries. Remember this when he tries to recycle himself into the process in 2016.

    May 8, 2012 02:45 am at 2:45 am |
  8. luke,az

    Take some time and study the Mormon faith,you'll be quite surprised. Can anyone explain what the planet Kolob is about?

    May 8, 2012 02:45 am at 2:45 am |
  9. Sengdao

    "Above all else, we both agree that President Obama must be defeated," Santorum wrote.the same man last month that said "Romney and Obama are similar policy why take the risk to vote for Romney it safer to vote for Obama at least we know Obama" Typical GOP they talk with both side of their mouth and can not be trust.

    May 8, 2012 02:53 am at 2:53 am |
  10. enuff

    And what does Santorum get from making this deal with Romney? I don't get how you can poke at the bear one minute, then want to snuggle up with him the next.

    May 8, 2012 03:00 am at 3:00 am |
  11. Thomas

    "Above all else, we both agree that President Obama must be defeated,"

    The enemy of my enemy is my friend !

    Romney / Bush 2012
    fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can't get fooled again."

    May 8, 2012 03:01 am at 3:01 am |
  12. Jeff

    So let me get this straight.
    It's Obama, then Romney, right? I mean, he's not gonna change his mind now is he?

    May 8, 2012 03:12 am at 3:12 am |
  13. Anonymous

    When do they stop calling him former Pennsylvania Senator? Frankly, it's embarrassing to us here in PA. We've had 2 different Senators since he worked here.

    Please call him unemployed knuckle head who thinks people care what he says.

    May 8, 2012 03:24 am at 3:24 am |
  14. tcaros

    Please stop calling him former Pennsylvania Senator. Frankly, it's embarrassing to us here in PA. We've had 2 Senators since he worked here. That was a long time ago and you can't call him that for the rest of his life. It was a lapse on some of our citizens to ever have cast a ballot for that nincompoop.

    Call him the unemployed knuckle head who thinks people care what he says.

    May 8, 2012 03:27 am at 3:27 am |
  15. pat43

    Ahhhh, the modern version of phoning it in. Who could blame Santorum after what Romney and his SuperPacs did?

    May 8, 2012 03:27 am at 3:27 am |
  16. Ant

    What type of endorsement is that? After Mitt finish to trash u. now, he buy your endorsement, for how much u sell it?

    May 8, 2012 03:31 am at 3:31 am |
  17. Kajal

    With all that the republican party has come to stand for...at this point, I am wary of ANY republican president. Obama may not be perfect, but he has done a reasonable job. Vs the alternative of this clown circus.

    May 8, 2012 03:36 am at 3:36 am |
  18. ziegfeldf

    Question for MItt Romney: What is your soul worth?

    May 8, 2012 04:06 am at 4:06 am |
  19. DWiseOne

    Why didn't he come out in the open. Well he knows Romney is going down in november

    May 8, 2012 04:07 am at 4:07 am |
  20. andrew

    what a joke. Santorum is looking to 2016. Someone should tell him that his 13th century views will be even older then.

    May 8, 2012 04:08 am at 4:08 am |
  21. mike

    must be defeated? lol usa

    May 8, 2012 04:11 am at 4:11 am |
  22. Mtheumer

    I guess he didn't want to be seen shacking Romney's hand.

    May 8, 2012 04:18 am at 4:18 am |
  23. Carmelle

    If that's all they can agree on then that's no reason for an endorsement. Santorum's wife looks beaten down in the above photo. She would not be able to handle being a first lady just like Romney's wife, who's got medical problems, and whom the campaigning is already taking it's toll. Just a matter of time before Romney will have to bow out of the race...too much stress on his wife.

    May 8, 2012 04:19 am at 4:19 am |
  24. kevin

    Why didn't he endorse Ron Paul? I'm confused.

    May 8, 2012 04:20 am at 4:20 am |
  25. Orwell seen it before

    Rick, this is a start. Show respect, Romney is now a Christian Bishop.

    You know, bow, then on your knees, kiss The Ring, no photos, no TV, God knows, the Bishop's friends will know.

    Take this one for the Gipper. GO GOP, God's Only Party

    May 8, 2012 04:21 am at 4:21 am |
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