Santorum buries hatchet with Romney in high-profile event
July 14th, 2012
01:46 PM ET
2 years ago

Santorum buries hatchet with Romney in high-profile event

Greensburg, Pennsylvania (CNN) – It appears the hatchet is officially buried.

After a bitter and prolonged primary battle involving Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney, Santorum on Saturday attended his first high-profile campaign event on Romney’s behalf since he endorsed Romney in May. Santorum helped open a Romney campaign office in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, that’s shared with the state Republican Party.

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Not only did Santorum offer high praise for Romney, but he played political offense and defense for his former rival.

Claiming the “republic is at stake” in the presidential election because of President Barack Obama’s failed policies, Santorum said, “One man is who we have to put our trust in to go out and fight that battle, and win that battle. And we must rally behind and do everything we possibly can to support Governor Mitt Romney so he's the next president of the United States.”

Santorum, a former senator from Pennsylvania, added: “Pennsylvania is where it’s at... If Pennsylvania goes Republican, Mitt Romney will be the next president of the United States.”

As Democrats question Romney’s tenure at his former private equity firm Bain Capital and call for him to release more tax returns, Santorum defended Romney.

Santorum called Romney a “solid businessman who understands how to make things work” with “great private sector experience.”

When asked about the tax return issue, Santorum said, “I think all of this is a distraction. It’s pretty clear, from the past, this issue has been vetted over and over. You know, during the primary.”

Romney has released his 2010 taxes and has said he will release those for 2011. But during an interview with CNN, Romney said he would not release more.

Santorum’s praise is a far cry from the fight between the two men during the GOP primary.

Until Santorum ended his bid for the Republican nomination in April, his campaign sustained a harsh back-and-forth with Romney’s team. At various points, Santorum questioned Romney’s ability to win the White House and claimed Romney would be “the worst” candidate to pit against the president on the issue of health care.

Though the pitched primary language was virtually absent at the Saturday event, there was one moment that Santorum seemed to dig at Romney.

When asked about his comment that Romney would be the worst candidate on the health care issue, Santorum said: “I said on the issue he would have trouble. And I think he’s, you know, had a little trouble coming out of the gate on this issue.

“But the bottom line is, he’s far better than Barack Obama on this issue.”


Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Pennsylvania • Rick Santorum
soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. gg

    its called a pay check

    July 14, 2012 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  2. Cooper

    Stantorum is a stand up guy. He tried for the nomination and it did not pan out. The help he will give Romney will be better than the help Bill Clinton is giving Obama. jmo

    July 14, 2012 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  3. Stohn Jockton

    Oh, no, now Romney has a chance at getting 4-5 wack job religious nuts that already weren't going to vote Obama, to listen to him lie to them about how Mormonism is just like Christianity. My response to this article it the following:

    SO?

    July 14, 2012 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    This is the essense of hypocrisy Santorum playing up to Mitt after the real mean primary campaign. Unbelievable!

    July 14, 2012 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  5. Curt

    Who cares what that bigot bible thumper Santorum thinks ! Now he thinks Romney is great, just a few months ago he said he was not fit to be President. Typical Republicans changing their view on things and not having the guts or honesty to stick with what they originally said.

    July 14, 2012 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  6. georgewashington

    These politicians are simply incredible. Spending months and millions of dollars attempting to destroy his primary rival, Santorum comes full circle to embrace Romney. Santorum is playing nice in the oft chance Romney wins. Good luck with that.

    July 14, 2012 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  7. Gurgyl

    .........................because he wants to burry mittens.

    July 14, 2012 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  8. GonzoinHouston

    It looks like Santorum is still trying to line himself up for 2016. The only question is whether he'll use his pull with the Christian Taliban to force himself on Romney as VP at the convention, much as LBJ did to JFK.

    July 14, 2012 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  9. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Notice how the right wingnuts are blaming the president for the report from the Boston Globe, and somehow, Obama is also responsible for the lies Mittens has been peddling to the crazy base?

    July 14, 2012 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  10. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Does Rick know that Romneycare in MA funds abortions?

    July 14, 2012 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  11. Tell Us What You Really Think

    Hey everybody, hey Pennsylvania, here is what Rick Santorum really thinks about Mitt Romney, and I quote Mr. Santorum word for word:

    "If Mitt Romney’s an economic heavyweight, we’re in trouble, because he was 47th out of 50 in job creation in the state of Massachusetts when he was governor. He may have had some success at making money for himself and his partners at Bain Capital, and I give him a lot of credit for doing so, but that’s a very different thing than going out and creating an atmosphere for people to create — that create jobs."

    July 14, 2012 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  12. Mike

    Santorum's hypocrisy is now complete. Congratulations Frothy. You live up to our expectations for you, lowly as they may be.

    July 14, 2012 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  13. Logic N LA

    Ricky can try and spin his criticism in ther past anyway he wants. He told the truth about Romney then. now all he's doing is gettign dizzy from spinning around so much. Yes- to anything to get elected romeny- now has all the other lock step Republicans doign an about face on him.
    and why isn't Rick home with his kid and family? He's not running. what happened to his family values? Most men would want to be by that boys side as much as possible..

    July 14, 2012 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  14. n

    Old Ricky the Rick-ster, cracked in the wilderness and bowed down and yield to Beelzebub . . . typical of your run of the mill christian. Where are the true believers, where are the rocks? Let me hear you cry out!

    July 14, 2012 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  15. T'sah From Virginia

    ►Santorum buries hatchet with Romney in high-profile event◄
    You can't bury the TRUTH – So Santorum should stop thinking he's God-Sent!!
    The Republicans have a habit of standing together through thick and thin
    Even if the “togetherness” is lies, deceits and more flip-flops buried deep within!!

    WAKE UP AMERICA – A flip-flop is a LIE and the Republicans feel that they can ETCH it all away!!!

    Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!!

    July 14, 2012 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  16. incredulous

    When asked about the tax return issue, Santorum said, “I think all of this is a distraction. It’s pretty clear, from the past, this issue has been vetted over and over. You know, during the primary.”

    That's funny. I don't remember Romney releasing multiple years of tax returns during the primaries. I guess Santorum was too busy ripping into Romney back then to notice that.

    July 14, 2012 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  17. rs

    Basically, more alternative reality at work for the GOP. At leat Mr. Romney found someone as unfamiliar with the truth as he is.

    July 14, 2012 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  18. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    This guy Santorum is a piece of work and I still believe he used his little daughter for his own self serving purposes because nothing has changed with her and according to him it never will.

    July 14, 2012 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  19. Darryl

    GOD, I hope we don't have to listen to Santorum the Physcopath ove the T.V. again.......These people need to give it a rest...................it goes on and on and on.The voices are reminders of the past...All of thoese canditates have spoken enough.I can't take anymore of the last year................

    July 14, 2012 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  20. DRAKE MALLARD

    Santorum: Romney "worst Republican" to face Obama

    July 14, 2012 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  21. ejktexas

    Wow. I never really liked Santorum's platform, but he was at least very principled which is something I always look for in a politician/leader. Another example of putting the party before principles.....not good at all.

    July 14, 2012 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  22. Michael Q

    "I'll kiss your .... if you will kiss mine when I need it in the future. Forget all the things I said about you, because I never meant them in the first place because I was only trying to beat you, and people will forget them anyway, if they haven't already. Remember I got your back, buddy!" The GOP credo of "you're either with us, or against us" continues to live on. "All for one, and one for all, it doesn't matter if we are right or wrong, we just have to be together to show people we are right." All this is, is just more Republican extreme b.s. to make Obama a one-term President.

    July 14, 2012 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  23. ED FL

    Having trouble finding many people that like Romney enough to vote for him,having Santorum's choice to team up with Romney is the final nail in Romneys presidential coffin.Santorum left such a horrible impression during the primary,having him on your team is a disaster. Bye Bye Robme and Santum.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 14, 2012 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  24. g

    the piles of money must have been the right height

    July 14, 2012 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  25. brandford

    Santorum, shame unto you.How can the worst Republican candidate be better than Obama? Chew your words with shame . We Americans do not forget easily. Romney would definitely loose in November as you predicted, mark my word.

    July 14, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
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