In wake of endorsement, no Romney-Santorum event yet planned
May 8th, 2012
11:27 AM ET
2 years ago

In wake of endorsement, no Romney-Santorum event yet planned

Washington (CNN) – Those questioning how heartfelt Rick Santorum's email late Monday night to supporters was - as it didn't get to an endorsement of Mitt Romney until the 13th paragraph - are reading too much into it, a Santorum adviser says.

John Brabender, a senior Santorum strategist, told CNN that the former senator wanted to methodically lay out his reasoning and thinking to his supporters and if people are trying to read more into it than that, it's "something that doesn't really exist." Brabender also pointed out the title of the e-mail was "Governor Romney."

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Romney seemed happy with the email issuing a statement Tuesday morning that thanked Santorum and his wife Karen for the endorsement. He said that he and Santorum shared the same "absolute commitment to reversing the failing policies of the Obama Administration, from its assault on freedom of conscience to its feckless foreign policy."

Since Santorum suspended his campaign on April 10th, aides to him had said the former senator would eventually endorse Romney despite their bitter primary battle because he wanted to do whatever he could to help defeat President Barack Obama in the general election. But he also wanted assurances that some of his priorities would be included in Romney's general election campaign.

"This was a very thorough, thoughtful" process, Brabender said of the path to the endorsement.

Also raising questions among political observers is the fact the endorsement was done in such a non-public way.

There are no plans for Romney and Santorum to do a joint unity event - Brabender told CNN there have been no conversations between the two camps about scheduling such an event.

"If that is helpful" to defeating Obama, Brabender said, Santorum is "more than willing" to participate.

Brabender said he notified aides to Romney about the pending endorsement earlier Monday, and a copy of the endorsement emailed Monday evening to Santorum supporters was sent to Romney aides.

Romney and Santorum have not spoken since their 90-minute private meeting in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on Friday, Brabender said.

Santorum was pleased with that session and was particularly heartened that there was a commitment by Romney to emphasize economic policies that will help strengthen families, Brabender said.

Santorum will have a major platform to further expand on his thoughts, his feelings about Romney and his future plans when he appears before a nationwide television audience Tuesday evening on NBC's "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno."

Santorum will announce exactly how he envisions his future, though it will not be this week, Brabender said.


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soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. Voice of Reason

    Santorum is a classless loser who is now endorsing Romney only because the GOP owners tell him he has to (talk about being a party tool). So he issues some half-hearted wishy-washy part-insult-part-endorsement. Something along the lines of, 'Why yes. If he were the last man on Earth, then I believe I WOULD vote for Governor Romney...'

    What a worthless has-been Santorum is. Now he will get back to rallying the psycho-fundamentalist wing of the GOP until November. After that he'll fade back into the obscurity from whence he came. And all we'll remember is the tantrum and the googlebomb.

    May 8, 2012 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  2. Dave

    Thanks Rick. I'm excited about Romney. I think he will be a great President, and will help to reverse the "fundamental transformation" of our nation.

    May 8, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  3. The Voter

    Rick's midnight endorement of Mitt tell it all – Rick does not and could not muster the gut to schedule a new conference, even at midnight to announce his endorement of Mitt. What a whimp!

    May 8, 2012 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  4. dreamer96

    Capitalism run by the top 1%, is like Communism run by the top 1%, and both, are like a government run by the top 1% of the Religious extremist..All the power, wealth, and control, of the government and the country, is in the top 1%, a small minority that does not want to share power, or give it up to the people...and use many similar methods to keep their power base... force their will on the population, muzzle criticism...

    The current GOP has been taken over by the Top 1%, and the Top 1% of the religious extremist....and in they way are acting like a communist party, promising fair treatment..but just taking more power for themselves...they will never share power with the people...

    Vote out the War on Women people, Vote out the 247 members of Congress that signed the Grover NOquist pledge, a pledge to a single man, that they hold higher then their oath of office...vote them out and forget about Grover NOquist..

    May 8, 2012 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  5. Andrew

    When I watched any of the debates Romney has this weird stare that he does when paying attention to another candidate. He even had that weird stare when he was intently paying attention to Santorum on the photo I clicked on to see this article.

    May 8, 2012 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  6. Peace

    I do not blame Santorum with his cold endorsement. He has followed the same pattern his fellow republicans has been showing to Romney.

    May 8, 2012 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  7. Shane

    Romney and Obama are two sides of the same coin! Very little difference between them! Obama wants more social programs while Romney wants more war and tax breaks for the wealthy! The American people need to say enough and vote for someone who has the best interest of THIS country in mind! It's time to vote OUTSIDE the box! Gary Johnson would make a good president! I think Ron Paul would be the best choice but the G.O.P. will never allow him to have the nomination and I don't know if would be willing to make a third party run. But the biggest mistake we as Americans can make is to vote for either of the two establishment candidates!

    May 8, 2012 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  8. sassysticks53

    AHA-HA! Sanitary couldn't even endorse the tax evading flip flopper in person! He did it by email! AHA-HA! The GOP are the biggest buffoons!

    May 8, 2012 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
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