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. alexpdx

    What a bunch of muppets.

    May 8, 2012 04:44 am at 4:44 am |
  2. Dejavu65

    These guys are fake...The repubs obviously forced Santorum to put on a fake smile and endorse Romney!!...if Santorum had any faith in Romney he would have endorsed him a long time ago... This is so fake..Santorum knows Romney is no good, but had to publicly endorse him if he wanted to remain a Repub!!...if elected trust me Romney will be the middle class worst nightmare!

    May 8, 2012 04:44 am at 4:44 am |
  3. Good Luck

    Why would I vote for a president that believes in magic garments, multiple worlds, modern revelation, and my favorite Jesus visited the Americas.

    May 8, 2012 04:48 am at 4:48 am |
  4. Iamnotfooled

    Might as well. Santorum knows that Romney will cave to the extreme right wing. He is a puppet. Talk about not leading. Talk about appeasement.
    What a spineless coward, that will do anything for votes. This is who you want for President? Really?
    Calls President Obama divisive when he won't stand up to woman saying P.Obama is guilty of treason? But asked by reporters later about it then he says he does not agree with her. Very cowardly. I want someone who can be tough and make good calls not some wimp. He also wimped out with Rush Limbaugh. Obama-Biden 2012. Forward.

    May 8, 2012 04:53 am at 4:53 am |
  5. thepursuit

    It must leave a bad taste in one's mouth to about face and suck at a teat you've been pasting with limp gold for the past year. F-king Greed Over People. Enjoy your grapes, unfortunate that you picked them too soon.

    May 8, 2012 04:59 am at 4:59 am |
  6. alebiglio

    and that is the Republican ticket program...."let's defeat Obama".......no ideas, no program, no nothing.....just "let's defeat Obama"......too bad he's going to run circles around Romney, apparently Americans are not as stupid as the gopers think.....

    May 8, 2012 05:08 am at 5:08 am |
  7. Robert

    I used toi be republican but feel these idiots have lost their focus of the American People. I am a male registered independant and will vote democrat which is the lesser of the two evils at this point.

    May 8, 2012 05:12 am at 5:12 am |
  8. gwats

    If these hateful little men had concentrated on helping the Country instead of trying to unseat President Obama, things would be a lot better right now.

    May 8, 2012 05:16 am at 5:16 am |
  9. Dennis

    About time he sold out.

    May 8, 2012 05:24 am at 5:24 am |
  10. nokoolaidcowboy

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

    Sounds like a line from Star Wars.

    May 8, 2012 05:28 am at 5:28 am |
  11. JSL

    Somebody should tell Rick Santorum, dont't you think?

    May 8, 2012 05:30 am at 5:30 am |
  12. Aspen

    Wow, that's a shock. I mean who would have thought he choose the Republican over Obama? They say "It should help him gain traction with the conservative wing of the party"... Um like they were going to vote for Obama anyway? Thank's Rick for coming to the party and all.... But um there is not one person in this entire country who is going to say "Oh wait Rick Santorum endorsed Romney I think I should vote that way, I wasn't really going to but now it sounds like the right thing to do".

    May 8, 2012 05:32 am at 5:32 am |
  13. Blindersoff

    Politics as usual, Yeah Santorum, an average christian, boastingly claiming righteousness but much like all the others on the right, falling short of the divine one's expectations. Another republican christian Phony, siding with the devil! Trying to overthrow what God has put in place. President Barack Obama knows, "If God is for him, who can stand against him" (Romans 8:31)

    May 8, 2012 05:38 am at 5:38 am |
  14. Earthling

    Another reason to not vote for Romney.

    May 8, 2012 05:44 am at 5:44 am |
  15. Shark

    " Rick Santorum told supporters in an e-mail Monday he was endorsing his one-time rival for the GOP presidential nomination Mitt Romney." So eight people got an e-mail, big deal.

    May 8, 2012 05:45 am at 5:45 am |
  16. ohsnaps

    CNN I'm on your 'side'.

    May 8, 2012 05:45 am at 5:45 am |
  17. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    The teabaggers and Ron Paulbots will sink Mitt McCain at the Anybody but Mitt McCain convention inTampa. Obama/Biden 2012!

    May 8, 2012 05:52 am at 5:52 am |
  18. works4me

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

    This has been the whole GOP mantra since the beginning. NO new ideas, no support of what's right and just.
    It's only about the party with these fools...Never about the people!

    May 8, 2012 05:58 am at 5:58 am |
  19. bill

    The right wing lost, for Romney ro win he has to to stick to the moderate folks of both parties,

    May 8, 2012 06:01 am at 6:01 am |
  20. Deanst

    RON PAUL 2012 – Like you didn't know?

    Take back the Republic.

    (Santorum – shame on you, stand by your beliefs, this is America, you're still allowed...)

    May 8, 2012 06:03 am at 6:03 am |
  21. works4me

    Just in time for summer... two pair of flip flops.

    May 8, 2012 06:04 am at 6:04 am |
  22. john

    Wow what a plus for Willard.....:)

    May 8, 2012 06:04 am at 6:04 am |
  23. James

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

    Above all else...like the economy, the general good, the environment, affordable health care and education, repeal of corporate welfare, intelligent jurisprudence, reduction of national debt, repatriation of jobs, etc.

    Clearly, it's party before country, and it's disgusting.

    May 8, 2012 06:07 am at 6:07 am |
  24. Danno

    With a Santorum endorsement, how can he lose?

    Hahahaha.

    May 8, 2012 06:10 am at 6:10 am |
  25. mm

    Nobody likes Romney – even on the right.

    Especially the middle class & women...

    May 8, 2012 06:10 am at 6:10 am |
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