Santorum releases delegates ahead of GOP convention
August 24th, 2012
01:03 PM ET
2 years ago

Santorum releases delegates ahead of GOP convention

(CNN) - Rick Santorum, who at one point was Mitt Romney's top rival for the GOP presidential nomination, officially released his delegates Friday and encouraged them to back Romney at next week's Republican National Convention.

"I am pleased to share the news with my supporters that I am releasing my delegates in support of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan so we can go in to next week's convention united and committed to defeating Barack Obama in November," Santorum said in a Friday statement. "This is our opportunity to energize our party with a strong, conservative ticket. I look forward to making the case on Tuesday night for Governor Romney and Congressman Ryan, because I believe their conservative policies will put our country back on a path to prosperity."

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The former senator from Pennsylvania said he will "make this announcement formal" in a letter later on Friday.

Santorum won the Iowa caucuses in January and came closest to Romney in the race for the Republican nomination. Santorum won 261 delegates before dropping out in mid-April as the delegate math appeared stacked against him. He later said other factors, including the health of his youngest daughter, played a role.

The Republican National Convention this week released a schedule showing Santorum among the speakers slated for Tuesday evening.

During his bid for the nomination, Santorum used scathing attacks on Romney for his role in Massachusetts' health care law, which was used as a model for the national law signed by President Barack Obama that Republicans have vowed to repeal.

In March, Santorum stood on the steps of the Supreme Court to blast Romney as the "worst candidate" to take on the president on health care.

In April, Santorum endorsed Romney in a late-night email to supporters, saying the former Massachusetts governor was a far better choice than President Barack Obama.

"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."

– CNN's Paul Steinhauser, Kevin Liptak, and Jim Acosta contributed to this report


Filed under: 2012 • Rick Santorum
soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Klancy Schmertz

    "so we can go in to next week's convention united and committed to defeating Barack Obama"
    Therein lies the problem for the Republican Party.
    It is focused not on bringing good government to the country, which it has demonstrated repeatedly that it can't, but instead to defeating an opponent.
    Where have all the leaders gone?

    August 24, 2012 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  2. BlkPwr817

    Romney is absolutely wrong guy to argue against ObamaCare – Rick Santorum

    August 24, 2012 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  3. DRAKE MALLARD

    If you're going to be a little different, we might as well stay with what we have instead of taking a risk with what may be the Etch A Sketch candidate of the future."

    Nobody is voting for Romney, they're voting against Obama. The fact that Obama's still ahead in these economic times shows how bad the republican ticket is. It's becoming more and more obvious that Romney has no workable plan, all he can do is blame Obama.

    Romney 'worst Republican' to face Obama

    August 24, 2012 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    DRAKE MALLARD

    If you're going to be a little different, we might as well stay with what we have instead of taking a risk with what may be the Etch A Sketch candidate of the future."

    Nobody is voting for Romney, they're voting against Obama. The fact that Obama's still ahead in these economic times shows how bad the republican ticket is. It's becoming more and more obvious that Romney has no workable plan, all he can do is blame Obama.

    Romney 'worst Republican' to face Obama

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    Obama's not ahead by much. If you remember Carter lead Regan 9 about this time.

    August 24, 2012 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    DRAKE MALLARD

    If you're going to be a little different, we might as well stay with what we have instead of taking a risk with what may be the Etch A Sketch candidate of the future."

    Nobody is voting for Romney, they're voting against Obama. The fact that Obama's still ahead in these economic times shows how bad the republican ticket is. It's becoming more and more obvious that Romney has no workable plan, all he can do is blame Obama.

    Romney 'worst Republican' to face Obama

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    Obama is not ahead by much. If you remember Carter lead Regan by 9 about this time during rough economic times.

    August 24, 2012 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  6. rrd

    DRAKE MALLARD

    If you're going to be a little different, we might as well stay with what we have instead of taking a risk with what may be the Etch A Sketch candidate of the future."

    Nobody is voting for Romney, they're voting against Obama. The fact that Obama's still ahead in these economic times shows how bad the republican ticket is. It's becoming more and more obvious that Romney has no workable plan, all he can do is blame Obama.

    Romney 'worst Republican' to face Obama

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    Obama isn't a head by much. Remember Carter lead Regan by 9 about this time also during hard economic times.

    August 24, 2012 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  7. cali girl

    Oh I bet he is jumping up and down with glee. Cross your fingers and toes, Santo wants a seat somewhere. Could not be anymore destructive, with Ryan as the Kill Medicare Kid, and officially very religious right wing nut with his personhood amendments, Santo would fit right in. I can see Santo's google search is going to get a bit frothy.

    August 24, 2012 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  8. Hahahahahaahaha

    rrd thinks he's a rich republican and that republicans actually represent him/her. Hahahahahaha Tell us how rich you are and how much the RNC is paying you! Hahahahahaha

    August 24, 2012 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  9. The GOP Voucher Plan will include a "Legalize Euthanasia" clause and a free gun to commit suicide

    The old people will need it when their health care dollars run out.

    August 24, 2012 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  10. charlie avila

    I only know thar if obama is re-elected, the words of judge from texas will be prophetic, and obamas reelection will have enough time to sell the united states sovereignity to europe andtrigger the 2nd civil war in the country. The program fast and furious put arms in gangs hands to prepare gangs to attack americans civilians and military, here in our own land. Obama should be defeated by romney. We need to select "the best of the worst" for president. Romney is the best of the worst!!...otherwise, obama will destroy and weaken the country economically and militarily, puting it under the european system!....

    August 24, 2012 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  11. kayla

    i was speaking with my cousin in london, she said the way they are talking about the americans is embarassing,, she said they think we are stupid. i rest my case

    August 24, 2012 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  12. Bob

    Hold that arm at little higher and straighter or a proper salute for a proper Nazi-party salute, Rick.

    August 24, 2012 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  13. rrd

    Hahahahahaahaha

    rrd thinks he's a rich republican and that republicans actually represent him/her. Hahahahahaha Tell us how rich you are and how much the RNC is paying you! Hahahahahaha

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    yawn

    August 24, 2012 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  14. M-W-T

    The only honest thing Santorum has ever said,"MITT ROMNEY IS THE WORST REPUBLICAN IN THE COUNTRY" for POTUS???
    I don't TRUST Romney, what's he so afraid of???? Lets see your tax returns!!!
    I WILL NOT VOTE FOR MITT ROMNEY

    August 24, 2012 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  15. cali girl

    Charlie, the Judge dingbat said that UN troops would have to invade the US to stop the melee. That dude is off his rocker. The UN troops are 90% American. Our own military will not become involved in a anything going on here.
    Robmey wins you can expect a 99% of American people have an up rise. The economy is getting better, GDP is getting better, our credit rating you can thank the party of NO for stalling their signing of the debt ceiling that THEY CAUSED!.

    August 24, 2012 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  16. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I wonder how many other of the former candidates are not going to release their delegates. I would like to see a count of how many delegates that the other men running received.

    August 24, 2012 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  17. rrd

    S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I wonder how many other of the former candidates are not going to release their delegates. I would like to see a count of how many delegates that the other men running received.

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    who's not releasing their delegates?

    August 24, 2012 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |