Santorum offers high profile praise of Romney
August 28th, 2012
10:37 PM ET
2 years ago

Santorum offers high profile praise of Romney

Tampa, Florida (CNN) – Rick Santorum offered his most high-profile praise of former rival Mitt Romney during a speech at the Republican National Convention Tuesday evening.

The former presidential candidate – who engaged in a prolonged and sometimes bitter battle with Romney before dropping out of the race in April – spoke highly of Romney and vice presidential nominee, House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan.

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At one point, he spoke passionately about a social issue to praise Romney.

"If America is going to succeed, we must stop the assault on marriage and the family in America today," Santorum said. "From lower taxes to reforming social programs, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are dedicated to restoring the home where married moms and dads are … raising good kids in our neighborhoods."

Santorum also praised Romney on the issue of education.

"Mitt Romney believes that parents and the local community must be in charge of our schools – not the Department of Education," Santorum said.

And weighing in on the current debate over welfare, Santorum accused President Obama of acting like "he's above the law" by "waiving the work requirement for welfare."

Though Romney and his supporters have pushed that claim, independent fact checkers have said it is false.

Ending his speech, Santorum made a direct appeal for Romney's election.

"In November we have the chance to vote for life and liberty, not dependency," Santorum said. "A vote for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan will put our country back in the hands of leaders who understand where America can - and for the sake of our children must go - to keep the dream alive."

soundoff (170 Responses)
  1. labman57

    I don't get it. I thought Santorum was God's chosen one. How could he possibly not win the nomination???

    Perhaps he should call upon the Lord to smite down the opposition in the name of all that is good and holy ….

    August 28, 2012 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  2. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    The idea that he thinks of education is good is nice. The problem is that he doesn't understand that much of the help that many schools get from the Department of Education. I guess that he doesn't see it because he doesn't want to understand.

    August 28, 2012 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  3. Hahahahahahaha

    Just another GOP suck up. Plenty of those around willing to vote against their own interests. Hahahahahaha

    August 28, 2012 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  4. Larry L

    Santorum is hoping the koch brothers will throw him a crumb. Somehow Romney went from the "worst choice" to the best choice in three months. It's so great not to be a Republican these days...

    August 28, 2012 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  5. joan

    How can anyone believe these people. They are such hypocrites. Sanitorium over and over again said that Romney was
    a liar and could not be trusted. Newt Gingrich also called Romney a liar to his face and now both of these men are out
    there supporting him for President. They really think people are really stupid. Last Novermber they rage a war against
    Obama and you guys give them the house. Has thing changed? No, they did not lift a finger to help. They only wanted to get back the house. Now they want to get back the Whitehouse. Wake up people don't be fooled this time around. Do not reward these people for their mean and spiteful towards Obama.

    August 28, 2012 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  6. Tired of republican lies

    Boring and unbelieveable...all I have to say...These folks are delousional.....

    August 28, 2012 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  7. The Unsub

    I thought he said Romney was worse than Obama! Now he loves him! Puhleeze you can keep these hypocrites!

    August 28, 2012 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  8. Skeptic2012

    Very lame speech. This guy is a legend in his own mind. This was a tribute to all the Santorums!

    August 28, 2012 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  9. myviewis

    joan

    How can anyone believe these people. They are such hypocrites. Sanitorium over and over again said that Romney was a liar and could not be trusted.
    ------------------------

    I remember Hillary Clinton trashing, bad mouthing Senator Obama and then she praised Senator Obama on his nomination and ended up working for the Obama administration. Hillary Clinton and Obama such hypocrites. Now what??????????

    August 28, 2012 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  10. myviewis

    The Unsub

    I thought he said Romney was worse than Obama! Now he loves him! Puhleeze you can keep these hypocrites
    ----------------------

    Remember Obama bad mouthing, making fun of Hillary Clinton, remember Hillary Clinton complaining of Obama's nasty attacks on her, she trashed Obama and now Hillary love Obama. Yeah, such hypocrites.

    August 28, 2012 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  11. Robert

    Santorum's vitriolic comments about Romney throughout the primaries totally destroyed his credibility tonight. A liar and a hypocrite to be sure. The truth is nowhere to be found.

    I belong to the Constitution Party and I am voting for Romney in 2012.

    August 29, 2012 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  12. Bessy

    What a hypocrite ! When he was running he said terrible things about Romney and now just to fall in line, as he has been told to do, it is a love fest. People like this make me sick.

    August 29, 2012 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  13. Saydie

    I actually looked forward to Rick Santorum's speech tonight hoping he would regain some pride in my eyes because he was coming out in support of Mitt Romney. Instead, he came across as a egotistical, selfish jerk who spent nearly the whole time talking about himself and "Bella". I've heard enough about Bella. I'm glad she's fine. I don't need to hear her story every time he takes the stage. This was about Mitt Romney and what he brings to the table. Give it up Rick, you lost, we're over you. You never impressed me, you never will. I did, however, feel sorry for your wife when she was interviewed ahead of your speech and they kept bringing up that you were a loser....but, once again, you proved it.

    August 29, 2012 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  14. 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."

    August 29, 2012 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  15. J.V.Hodgson

    Hello CNN I watched this and your Blog post headline is way off. He only spent about the last two sentences on saying I support Mitt Romney.
    His speech was his campaign platform of religious views on family its economic benefit educational benefits i.e. family obviously pro life and clearly fully on line with platform policy on abortion etc.
    He was there to rabble rouse those parts of the evangelical GOPers Romney needs.
    Regards,
    Hodgson.

    August 29, 2012 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  16. Bigereads

    myviews – I never heard Hillary trashing Obama. She spoke against his views and his experience, but I never once heard her say anything that bad. She certainly didn't say the filthy lies that came from Sanctimonious Ricky and Newt the racist pig philanderer Gingrich. Hillary is too much a lady and an experienced politician and scholar to lower herself to rightwing level of smearing someone. You must get your ears checked because listening to Faux Propaganda has damaged your hearing.

    August 29, 2012 01:04 am at 1:04 am |
  17. Raj

    Another women hater............They have clowns in that party.....

    August 29, 2012 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
  18. Liberty

    Well Romeny Supporters...

    There goes the female voters...

    August 29, 2012 01:31 am at 1:31 am |
  19. Sf

    What convention were you at cnn? Better yet, what speech did u hear suctorum give? Ur delusional! He didnt mention romney ONCE! Cnn is a joke!

    August 29, 2012 01:43 am at 1:43 am |
  20. Johan S

    Wasn't this the same guy who said Obama was better than Romney? Seems he had better judgement back then.

    August 29, 2012 01:55 am at 1:55 am |
  21. bnam3

    "Under President Obama, the dream of freedom and opportunity has become a nightmare of dependence, with almost half of America receiving some sort of government assistance," Santorum said.

    Santorum chooses to speak negatively about Obama, but praises Romney for his ideas of what should be happening in a government. I find it strange that before he had negative comments towards Romney. What made him change his mind? His opinion seems irrelevant since he's so fickle-minded on who he supports. He has a conservative view on marriage, which is fine because everyone is entitled to their own opinion; however, times are changing and not everyone feels this way – especially the younger generations. He wants to keep things traditional like Romney when most of the younger generations want to do anything but that. He simply seems hypocritical, and I don't think his opinion should sway voters decisions at all.

    August 29, 2012 02:11 am at 2:11 am |
  22. ValarMorghulis

    How quickly the words spoken during the primaries are forgotten. This joke is just angling for a job in the event Mitt Witt wins.

    August 29, 2012 02:19 am at 2:19 am |
  23. Chuck

    “If America is going to succeed, we must stop the assault on marriage and the family in America today,” Santorum said

    Is this kind of rhetoric necessary?

    August 29, 2012 02:20 am at 2:20 am |
  24. Name Gingram

    I would like to know. In what way is marriage and family being attacked? I make $11 an hour and my wife works. Our kids want for nothing. But there are single parent homes doing just as well. Do they not count in the eye sight of this guys speech? How are there no jobs? I've held 3 of them (1 full and 2 part-time) at once in the last two years. The only people they are fooling are the elderly and retired who want things like they used to be. And nothing was going good for the majority of us then. 15 trillion in debt created by their party during the Busch admin. And he couldnt even find Binladen. And not once do they mention his name? Where did the money go? Wake up people. Things can only get better

    August 29, 2012 04:27 am at 4:27 am |
  25. scott

    The Republicans are trying to put this nation back on track after 4 years of Obama failure. However Obama is bound and determined to turn us into a country patterned after Europe. He is too naive to realize that we are heading in the same direction as Greece. Obama is bad for this country. Romney/Ryan have a plan for a better America. They are the trusted way forward.

    August 29, 2012 04:41 am at 4:41 am |
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