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. John

    Santorum supporters are actually already turning to Paul

    May 8, 2012 06:13 am at 6:13 am |
  2. BunnyBunny

    Close one eye, holding nose, crossing fingers............try to think of a way to get out of endorsing a Mormon cult leader, who he thinks of as the "worst Republican in the country" just so he can stay lock-step with the GOP.
    Romney is a bitter pill, huh, Rick?

    May 8, 2012 06:18 am at 6:18 am |
  3. Kashbmaryd

    Now this doesn't really surprise anyone does it? WE Go through this every four years. And no matter how much a losing candidate wants to win, s/he will always support their nominee at the end of the day. This would only be news if he (Santorum) were to either switch parties or come out and say he truly believes a Romney vote is a mistake. Either scenario would be insane.

    May 8, 2012 06:19 am at 6:19 am |
  4. Jt_flyer

    Santorum endorses 'the worst republican" as he called Romney? Hmmm....

    May 8, 2012 06:21 am at 6:21 am |
  5. gop

    Why not on Twitter, lol?

    May 8, 2012 06:21 am at 6:21 am |
  6. AMERICAN EXPAT

    Its just as well. He never hand a chance anyway; too busy still looking for those WMDs he said they found in Iraq!

    May 8, 2012 06:22 am at 6:22 am |
  7. Chaos

    Way to phone it in or e-mail it in rather.

    May 8, 2012 06:24 am at 6:24 am |
  8. Marie MD

    Oh goodie, that means I sitll won't be voting for the sociobishop!
    The sanatorium's family looks a little weird to me in general.

    May 8, 2012 06:25 am at 6:25 am |
  9. Zon

    Sounds like a glowing endorsement. Vote for him because he's less of an enemy than the other guy.

    May 8, 2012 06:29 am at 6:29 am |
  10. Mark

    Why bother endorsing him at all if it comes across fake. This isn't going to help Romney and certainly makes Santorum look worse than he already does.

    May 8, 2012 06:39 am at 6:39 am |
  11. crazier by the day

    "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."

    Is this a paraphrase from the Star Wars movie? Or maybe a Churchill quote?Geeze, when did Pres. Obama turn into Darth Vader and Hitler rolled into one? Better be careful referring to "the dark side" of the force, you may show too much of your true self, Mr. “blah” not “black”.

    May 8, 2012 06:40 am at 6:40 am |
  12. clarke

    So it's called lets make a deal. Politics at it's best.

    May 8, 2012 06:40 am at 6:40 am |
  13. johnmenacherjr

    Ah the self proclaimed ultra righteous speaks and thank god no one is listening!~

    May 8, 2012 06:41 am at 6:41 am |
  14. Paul Price

    Well, well, well. The ultimate flip-flop......first Gingrich, now Santorum. They vilified Rom-money,often to the point of stating what a poor choice he would be. Way to go Repukes.

    May 8, 2012 06:46 am at 6:46 am |
  15. noteabags

    It wasn't too long ago that Santorum said:

    "It truly frightens me to think what'll happen if Mitt Romney is the nominee."
    and
    "Massachusetts Moderate” who "presents zero contrast with Barack Obama on the major issues of this election"
    and
    “Any attempt by Mitt Romney to attack President Obama’s positions on health-care, energy policy, social issues, or the economy will be easily neutralized,"

    Talk about FLIP-FLOP!

    May 8, 2012 06:46 am at 6:46 am |
  16. EdR

    "Above all else, we both agree that President Obama must be defeated". Above stopping wars, above fixing the economy, above doing what is right for the people of the country, above having any moral fiber at all, sums up the Republican party in a nut shell.

    May 8, 2012 06:53 am at 6:53 am |
  17. Adam

    These guys and their supporters will endorse anyone, even a corporate raiding mormon , all to get the black guy out of office.

    May 8, 2012 06:53 am at 6:53 am |
  18. JDinHouston

    Headline should be Santorum Endorses "Worst Republican in the Country."

    May 8, 2012 06:54 am at 6:54 am |
  19. JS

    Can anybody tell me why when I look at Rick S, I get chills? Like, the horrified kind? Not many things can do that...

    May 8, 2012 06:57 am at 6:57 am |
  20. Tyler1982

    What's the difference between Romney and Obama? I'm having trouble seeing it. Both work for the same corporations, the same banks, the same wall street elites, and Goldman Sachs. Both are for more war, more spending, more debt, and less freedom. Both support the NDAA.
    I mean honestly...if Romney becomes president (he won't, Obama can talk circles around him), do you really think anything will change for the better? Do you think this guy would make the drastic, nation-saving changes that are needed to stir us away from the cliff? I don't.

    May 8, 2012 06:58 am at 6:58 am |
  21. Ron Paul or Obama?...

    Why so scared??? RON PAUL 2012!!!

    May 8, 2012 06:59 am at 6:59 am |
  22. king

    America has two choice to make: invest in its people or invest in corporations, who will invest in China and India to cut cost. Obama wants to tax the rich at Clinton era tax rates to pay for modernizing our infrastructure, mitten wants to take middle class and workers money and give it to corporations, who has no intention to waste their money on rebuilding public infrastructure. Obama you need to take your optimism tour on the road.

    May 8, 2012 07:00 am at 7:00 am |
  23. tullymd

    Santorum is a nobody. He entered the limelight because people were hungering for a conservative , any conservative because Romney was not acceptable. His endorsement is worth nothing. He has no following.

    May 8, 2012 07:08 am at 7:08 am |
  24. Errm

    Wow. That's a great reason to endorse someone: because you don't like the current President and because you are a bigot who hates both Blacks and gays (note the mention of "family").

    May 8, 2012 07:09 am at 7:09 am |
  25. Met

    Oh good...now we can all sleep at night!

    May 8, 2012 07:09 am at 7:09 am |
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