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. Tonyb

    what an opportunistic phony- also did it by email....what a coward.

    May 8, 2012 07:10 am at 7:10 am |
  2. Sam

    This is your party GOP! THeir biggest concern is about beating Obama!

    May 8, 2012 07:11 am at 7:11 am |
  3. slickteigkcmo

    Here's a pair, super coiffed and suntanned and so out of touch w/ mainstream America....... the boys from the lofty, ivory towers..... "can you see us wayyyyyy down here guys?!" "Us very little, hard working moms etc?" We're here and we hope you won't be for much longer, please don't step on us.......we really are here, supporting this country for you and all your wealthy friends and you have no clue what it's like down here and you don't care, no not really!!!!

    May 8, 2012 07:11 am at 7:11 am |
  4. Doug

    Rick ignited a spark into an otherwise lackluster campaign for the 2012 Republican nomination.. I don't agree with a few of his positions on the issues, but I miss his performances.

    May 8, 2012 07:12 am at 7:12 am |
  5. marieee

    It's sad that these Republicans that always talking about their standards and values are willing to put all that aside to win an election even if the person that is representing them is not the one they are excited about and yet they are willing to stand by them and pretend they believe in them it is sad and hypocritical.

    May 8, 2012 07:14 am at 7:14 am |
  6. T'sah From Virginia

    Another Flip-Flopper endorsing a Flip-Flopper – but at least Santorum is not a LIAR – Oh, wait a minute, that does make him a LIAR; he's either lying NOW about R-Money or was lying before he endorsed R-Money!!!

    Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!!

    May 8, 2012 07:14 am at 7:14 am |
  7. Woo

    Who cares what a looser says. Just look at the the he said about Romney during his campaign.

    May 8, 2012 07:17 am at 7:17 am |
  8. Common Sense

    *Boy, that was certainly a ringing endorsement

    *may contain sarcasm

    May 8, 2012 07:17 am at 7:17 am |
  9. Linda

    Santorum has said Mitt Romey "...is the worst Republican I've ever seen."
    So much for integrity...

    May 8, 2012 07:19 am at 7:19 am |
  10. Darrell

    Maybe your the ones that should be defeated, we just got 8 years of your politics, and you know where that put this country in the greatest turmoil since the great depression, and I sure do not want to go backwards in life again, just to see all the crooks gain control again in the sysem. no thankyou.

    May 8, 2012 07:21 am at 7:21 am |
  11. topper

    overall, you two couldn't agree on anything, drug each other through the mud, and then magically, Mitt has the answer so lets endorse him....I love the campaign trail.....

    May 8, 2012 07:24 am at 7:24 am |
  12. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Santorum sold out. He should have done it more quietly. Given the medium, I guess that it was fairly quiet and subdued. If conservatives really wanted someone, then Romney was the last option available. Ron Paul isn't one because he isn't conservative; he libertarian boardering on anarchy.

    May 8, 2012 07:25 am at 7:25 am |
  13. John

    A E-mail endorsement. How lame is that!!!!!!!! LOAO!!!!!

    May 8, 2012 07:29 am at 7:29 am |
  14. Core republican Values

    When something is really sincere, important, and heartfelt, do it in an e-mail.

    May 8, 2012 07:29 am at 7:29 am |
  15. Leo Prez

    Santorum is the poster child for what the crooked politician should look like.

    May 8, 2012 07:30 am at 7:30 am |
  16. jake

    Typical Republicans, one week they say this guy is a barbarian, burned down a whole village of women and children, the next week they say...Oh, this guy is an angel from God, everything about him is wholesome and good. Bunch of liars then, bunch of liars now. And of course, some in America think it's good to vote for a liars, dishonesty, and empty suits for President. Romney is everything that is absolutely wrong with America today. America went through 8 years of Republican dishonesty, or corruption at the highest level, of bogus wars, and of more wealth for the rich. It learned NOTHING from it. Doing the same wrong things over and expecting different results. That's how small minds think.

    May 8, 2012 07:32 am at 7:32 am |
  17. Chuck C

    God help us if Romney wins. He will bring the world economy to its knees for sure.

    May 8, 2012 07:33 am at 7:33 am |
  18. LouiseBelinda

    Good for Santorum. Now maybe Romney will add him to the ticket as VP. That would be a great ticket for the GOP.

    May 8, 2012 07:34 am at 7:34 am |
  19. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    Two men! Two words...Jim Crow!!

    May 8, 2012 07:35 am at 7:35 am |
  20. MJ TAYLOR

    In an email? LOL. Not even man enough to do it publically. What a loser and snake he has shown himself to be. Maybe Mullah Santorum should have used a video on YouTube filmed by his followers in the cave.

    May 8, 2012 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  21. Blindersoff

    Look at the young male in the back ground with a sinister stare of evil intent. One day he will be about his father's work. Self serving and stealing in the name of the Lord! Just like his daddy Santorum. Period.

    May 8, 2012 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
  22. roman1descent

    All in congress know that Mr. Obama is illegally the president through mass fraud. He should have been impeached instead of going through an election process.

    May 8, 2012 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  23. Ash

    How can you endorse someone whom just days ago you were criticizing? Itr a pathetic endoresment because its not genuine and if Sanatorium really thought that then why would he run against mittens to start with? Same with Gingrich. I hope everyone can see the hypercrites for what there worth.

    May 8, 2012 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  24. reacharound

    OK, great families.
    Now, who out there is not part of a family, or is anti-family?

    May 8, 2012 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  25. Joe - Wilmington, DE

    And this is a good thing for the Romney camp?

    May 8, 2012 07:44 am at 7:44 am |
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