Santorum to social conservatives: Romney's message is 'right on'
June 16th, 2012
12:29 PM ET
2 years ago

Santorum to social conservatives: Romney's message is 'right on'

Washington (CNN) - Former GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum gave a signal to social conservatives on Saturday: Mitt Romney's "message is sound. It's solid."

"He hit the points," Santorum said of his one-time rival while at the annual Faith & Freedom Conference and Strategy Briefing in Washington, D.C. "I've talked to Governor Romney, and I have no doubt - and I mean this in all sincerity - I have no doubt he understands the centrality of family. He understands the importance of family for our culture, for our economy, and for our future."

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Santorum received a standing ovation at the conference, which attracted 1,500 attendees, including political figures and faith leaders, organizers said. Romney was received with less hearty applause, though supporters attended with pro-Romney signs.

Santorum, a former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania and a favorite of social conservatives, told attendees that he "will be working with" Romney, his former opponent in the race for the Republican presidential nomination.

Santorum’s endorsement of Romney came a dozen paragraphs into a late-night e-mail sent to supporters in early May and was seen as tepid.

"Governor Romney will be that nominee and he has my endorsement and support to win this the most critical election of our lifetime," he wrote.

Prior to that message, he avoided using the word "endorsement" to describe his acknowledgement that Romney will be "the person that's going against Barack Obama."

"You can call it whatever you want," he said on CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight" in April.

On Saturday, Santorum's praise was warm.

"The concern I had - I did, I was very frank about it - was that Governor Romney would track to the middle as so many Republican candidates have done, but I'm not seeing that," Santorum said. "I'm seeing him stand by those convictions that he articulated in the primaries and I'm hopeful."

He took to the podium approximately a half-hour after Romney addressed the crowd by satellite from Pennsylvania, where he is on day two of a multi-state bus tour.

Romney dropped Santorum's name in his remarks, in which he focused on several anchors in his life, including family.

As he has before, Romney pointed to a Brookings Institution study often cited by Santorum which highlighted the importance of marriage, education, and work for an individual to stay out of poverty.

"We're going to help Governor Romney. Governor Romney's speech was right on," Santorum said after Romney's remarks. "And not just because he quoted me."

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Rick Santorum
soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. maf

    Santorum alludes to Romney's message being "sound and solid"??? What is Mitt's message???
    Santorum wants to take the States back to the '70's!!! For him to stand by Mitt – does that mean that Mitt wants to take the States backward??? That is not OK for me and it shouldn't be OK for you!!!

    June 16, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  2. John

    These Republican will LIE to people to try and get them to vote for them , because just two or three months ago Rick Santorum was saying that Mitt Romney wasn't FIT to run this Country. You mean all that Changes just because the man lost to Mitt Romney. Sound to me these people are saying a lot of CRAP to get people to vote For Mitt Romney. And all Mitt Romney want to do Is go right and do President Bush Old Politic that got America In dept. Bush spend the money America had In the Black when President Clinton left office and than put America In dept of about 11 Trillions dollar and now you people what to go back to that. Wake Up People be for It to late.

    June 16, 2012 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  3. Are you kidding me?

    Right on that they are both wrong for this country. If you don't like it move out.

    June 16, 2012 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  4. sahara

    He will the worst nominee, he is an Edge-Sketchy guy, he is never a conservative, RomneyCare gave birth to ObamaCare, he is a Vulture Capitalist, just name it, now the GOP turned back and here u see Rick sancta flip flopping even worse than his Master Willard, lol

    June 16, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  5. ksmary

    And yet, neither Mr. Santorum nor Mr. Romney would allow people who are not heterosexual to have the right to marry and form a family. It seems to me that having a stable family, no matter what the sexual orientation of the adults, would be a benefit to the children, and the community.

    June 16, 2012 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  6. vic , nashville ,tn

    Mitt Romney's "message is sound. It's solid." He is right ,
    Republican’s faith policy is anti Obama
    Republican’s economy policy is anti Obama
    Republican’s immigration policy is anti Obama
    Republicans 2012 agenda is anti Obama

    June 16, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  7. Gurgyl

    Why don't we rewind his message when he was debating with Mittens. Does this idiot forget what he said earlier or he thinks nation forgets??? Nasty idiot. No wonder people did not vote in primaries for this insane idiot. Yes, Obama12.

    June 16, 2012 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  8. 2020

    Santorum sold his soul to the devil. Where is your dignity? in bed with devil? Do you have a soul?

    June 16, 2012 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  9. T'sah from Virginia

    ►"I've talked to Governor Romney, and I have no doubt – and I mean this in all sincerity – I have no doubt he understands the centrality of family. He understands the importance of family for our culture, for our economy, and for our future."◄

    And talking to R-Money about almost the ONLY thing you ran on – FAMILY – now mends all of the negative rhetoric you set forth during the campaign? You now have FULL FAITH in a candidate that STRUGGLED to go MORE far-right than you did??? And you TRUST him??? Oh please, give me a break!!!

    Republicans speak with Forked Tongues – they FLIP-FLOP and LIE about everything and then try to Etch-A-Sketch their way out of it!!

    Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!!!

    June 16, 2012 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  10. Mike Buck

    I agree with Rick. Mitt has hit all the talking points of the RepubliCONS; the 4 G's of Guns, Gays, God and Gynecology. Meanwhile the rest of us are interested in the more important issues facing government; Education, Equality, Economy and Environment. Rick,go get Grover and your buddies the Koch brothers to support another filibuster.

    June 16, 2012 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  11. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Santorum, the hypocrit using religion to spread hate, poor Bella.

    June 16, 2012 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  12. ThinkAgain

    Ricky's remarks are code for "Hold your nose and vote for Mittens. He won't be anything more than '10 working digits' to sign the legislation cooked up by Karl Rove, Grover Norquist and the Koch brothers.

    Just compromise your integrity by voting for someone you believe belongs to a cult and is an out-of-touch millionaire who recommends you just borrow money from your dad to start your own business.

    Just set aside your values – and your ability to think critically – and once again vote against your own self-interest.

    You'll sleep fine knowing that, as your country sinks further and further into a third-world mess where the top 1% own and control everything and you live without education, a living wage or opportunity, it's all OK because Mittens no longer likes gays and is no longer against a woman's right to choose what she does with her own body."

    Obama/Biden 2012 = The only sane choice

    June 16, 2012 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  13. ARALE NORIMAKI

    Mitt Romney "the worst Republican in the country to put up against Barack Obama"

    Santorum told voters that Romney is "uniquely disqualified" to be the GOP's presidential pick and urged his supporters to stand with him even as he faces an increasingly improbable pathway to the nomination. Santorum said "the race isn't over until the people of Wisconsin sing," and urged them to give his underfunded, underdog campaign a chance to derail Romney.

    "Pick any other Republican in the country. He is the worst Republican in the country to put up against Barack Obama," Santorum said at an evening rally near Racin

    June 16, 2012 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  14. MikeInCarolina

    Santorum must be delusional. Romney's messages are anything but solid. They are vague, general and lacking in any detail. The opposition to Obama's latest relaxation of deportation is a prime example. Romney's message is essentially to do nothing until sometime in the undefined future.

    June 16, 2012 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  15. Pete

    Santorum fits right in with these hypocritical republican born again Christians,they act holy, preach holy,but reek of bigotry.Its fits in perfectly with their extremist agendas,as long as they come out on top,at any cost..Santorum pandering,that's pathedic coming from his sanctumonious mouth,talking of eliminating women's rights,making them feel like second class citizens,applauding Ryans deficet reduction plan,that speaks volumes of his so called intellect.He sounds like an Amish farmer lecturing his live stock,they see his mouth moving but are deaf to what comes out,but that's politics in its republican form.Just republican minions shaking their heads,but all ya hear are the sounds of rocks,the rocks for brains between the minions ears,its that bad...Next he'll be preaching voter supression,it makes sense,the primaries are over,the republican candidates are all gone,except Romney,there was nothing there to begin with anyway.Santorums trying to sell the people dry land in the middle of a swamp,he's sort of for Romney,not really,so his sales are really less than genuine,he still holds a grudge,but that's normal,Romney out spent Santorum 100-1,that's competitive politics isn't it,thank your SCOTUS for Citizens United,that did it for buying the presidency,ask Romney,he's gonna try isn't he..

    June 16, 2012 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  16. Thomas

    Rick , your more out of touch. Stay home with your kidds and learn something !

    June 16, 2012 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  17. Errm

    Um. What is his point? President Obama has never said he is *against* families. In fact, he recognizes that there are more types of families than Mittens and Google It here will admit exist. His argument is lame.

    June 16, 2012 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  18. n

    Old slick Rick thinks he is relevant and that he still has a following. That's the difference between the republican, democrats and independents . . . republicans are part of the collective, one mind assimilation "We Are Borg" resistance is futile empty mind set while the Democrats and independents are individuals who base their decisions on wisdom while discerning real time information, based on facts and projected conditions while taking under consideration the ramification of such actions. Republicans are the blind leading the hopelessly lost to the slaughter.

    June 16, 2012 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |