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. Randy, San Francisco

    Forget the praises, America wants to know what Romney is hiding in those tax returns. As for Mitt identifying with the common man, a rich man with $77,000 tax write offs for a fancy dancing horse has nothing in common with hard working Americans struggling to get by with much less.

    August 29, 2012 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  2. rs

    Republicans either cannot tell the truth, or they have no memory at all. Wasn't it Mr. Santorum who only a month or two ago declared Mr. Romney the worst sort of Republican?

    Look guys- either mean what you say, or say what you mean. This constant shift in your daily realities is what underlies the perception of untrustworthiness that folks have about Republicans. Nothing you say today means anything tomorrow.

    August 29, 2012 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  3. Anonymous

    Udidntbuildthat-

    Under the new policy, states can now seek a federal waiver from work-participation rules that, among other things, require welfare recipients to engage in one of 12 specific “work activities,” such as job training. But, in exchange, states must develop a plan that would provide a “more efficient or effective means to promote employment,” which may or may not include some or all of the same work activities. States also must submit an “evaluation plan” that includes “performance measures” that must be met — or the waiver could be revoked.

    So saying that he removed the requirement is not true.

    August 29, 2012 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  4. Larry L

    With the help of Fox News Republicans have become a party of "pretend"... They pretend:

    The Bush Administration isn't responsible for the recession – in fact... he doesn't really exist.
    They are a party of inclusion – not racist, homophobic, xenophobic, right-wing bigots.
    They didn't spend the last four years obstructing progress – the 130 filibusters and trash abortion bills didn't happen.
    They don't believe Romney and Ryan will kill Medicare.
    Romney isn't a flip-flopper.
    Global climate change is a liberal plot.
    Mormons don't believe Evangelical Christians are going to Hell.
    They don't want to see Romney's tax returns.

    Delusional....

    August 29, 2012 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  5. Rudy NYC

    UDidntBuildThat wrote:

    yet King Obama did so thru executive fiat. Now it is up the Congress to challenge the constitutionality of this fiat. What is astounding is u have not figure that this is waste taxpayer time and money to do this challenge instead of focusing on the issues. Another distraction fr Obama, but what do u expect fr Obama who has no ideas on how to fix the economy.
    ---------------------------
    Nah....What is astounding is that you don't realize that it would be the Republicans who would be wasting taxpayer money, just like they did False and Frivilous.

    August 29, 2012 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  6. GI Joe

    Lying again - republican governors (including RMoney) asked for welfare waivers so they could get MORE people off of welfare. President Obama offered the waivers IF THEY GUARANTEED AN INCREASE OF 20% IN JOBS.

    It's not a waiver to say no jobs. They all lie, and they all lie every day, over and over and over.

    August 29, 2012 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  7. rs

    UDidntBuildThat- sure a guy who hides his income in banks and corporations outside the USA, and made his millions (today living on only $58,000 A DAY) "dismantling" corporations, ruining workers' retirements, and shipping jobs overseas is just the sort of guy I want in charge of my duly earned Social Security and Medicare-NOT. You don't get it. Mr. Romney has no values, and no scrupples- he works only for himself, and the richest people in America. his motivation is money. He niether cares about or understands the damage Republicans have done to working class, middle America since Reagan hit the scene. Worse- he is set to reinstate Bush-o-nomics (tax cuts for the rich, raise taxes, and take away the social safety net for the middle class, poor and elderly). Trickle down didn't work under Reagan, Bush I or Bush II, and it won't work now.

    August 29, 2012 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  8. treblemaker

    If I took a survey, I could predict the outcome of the election with one question-those who tend to look back to the past will vote for Romney, and those who tend to look toward the future will vote for Obama. Those who live in the present are the undecided, because they're they're not happy with either candidate.

    August 29, 2012 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  9. Jim Hahn

    The lies Republicans tell themselves and others today become the truths they believe in tomorrow. Anyone remember WMD?

    August 29, 2012 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  10. Republicans; the "Not Intended to be Factually Accurate" Party

    Look, Mitt Romney has not done anything that shows he is inclined to, or capable of, advancing the causes of the bulk of middle class citizens.

    He won`t point to his work @ Bain [where he got to cherry pick 1 out of 500 "deals" and then made money in only 70% of THOSE CASES].

    He won`t talk about is leadership as Governor where he was THIRD FROM THE BOTTOM in "job creation". He can`t reject HIS signature accomplishment, Obamacare in Massachusetts.

    His grand plan for economic recovery is to advance a 2012 variant of Voodoo Economics; difficult when the last flavor of this – - the 10 year experiment of the BUSH TAX CUTS – - was a clear failure in creating jobs.

    The Republican economic-superiority charade is over; much like their ficticious military/ foreign policy – superiority has been debunked by the President.

    Mitt is all talk and NO WALK.

    August 29, 2012 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  11. EP451

    Quote from Romney’s campaign: “we will not let fact-checkers dictate our campaign”……

    August 29, 2012 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  12. Mor Man NO!

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha, Santorum is getting help from Romney millions to pay off his campaign debt. Yeah, what's that about education, too much education for Obama and Romney is bad right Ricky Boy.

    August 29, 2012 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  13. Deb in MT

    I guess Santorum's praise was better than Huckabee's not-so-ringing endorsement,:"The sicker the patient, the less important is bedside manner. If you've just been diagnosed with a brain tumor, you honestly don't care if your neurosurgeon is a jerk. You don't care if he has a great personality..."

    Santorum, of course, repeated the Romney lie about President Obama suspending the work requirement from welfare (he granted waivers for certain ways of handling Federal monies for welfare to work programs–that were requested by some GOP & Dem Governors–as long as the waivers resulted in at least a 20% INCREASE in the numbers of welfare recipients going to work), and he spread the new Romney lie about dependency: the numbers include seniors on Social Security and Medicare as freeloading recipients of government handouts!

    How "Christian" of him. Maybe he needs to read that part of the Bible where God doesn't want people to bear false witness.

    August 29, 2012 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  14. The Real Tom Paine

    UDidntBuildThat

    once upon a horse-" Mitt Romney is the WORST candidate we could run against Barrack Obama"
    ________________________________________
    Contrast the resume of Obama & Romney. Who exactly is more qualified? A guy who never ran anything in his life, knows nothing about how business & the economy works, has no new ideas to solve problems, is out golfing, hob-knobbing with the rich & elites; or a guy who actually has experience running a state, saving it, saving the olympics, has over 80% success rate at his own business, started fr scratch and built his own business etc? If u r a kool aid drinker stick to Obama. If u acutally care about the problems of this country u pick the guy who is most qualified to run this country, & fix this economy. It is that simply. Would u put Obama in charge of your own business given his track record?
    **************************************
    Fixed a state? Please. He cut taxes on the upper-income earners, and raised taxes on the middle class and working familites by instistuting fees and taxes on everything from gas to hunting licenses: this, combined with hsi cuts to education raised local property taxes at a faster rate than anywhere in the country. Olympics? Bailed out by the federal government, with the vote of Rick Santorum. His business was built largely through members of his Church, who invested heavily in his company: can any American family that has experienced layoffs in the last 2 decades trust their economic future to aman who shipped their jobs overseas and pocketed the proceeds, then claims to understand how the economy works? He has been unwilling to say definitively what he stands for, and cannot or will not explain how he will make things better for the people who really make this country run, the middle class. Vague promises of economic freedom mean nothing without specifics, and he won't give them because he knows the independents will desert him in droves. I would pick Obama because he will make the tough choices, while Romney will do whatever his fellow mllionaires think si in their best interest, and to hell with the country.

    August 29, 2012 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  15. ImIrish

    The libs must be getting nervous. The nasty comments are flying.

    I guess y'all forgot about when Obama and Hilary Clinton were vying for the Democrat nomination – nasty comments were coming from both sides regarding the other. But, then again, Dems have very short memories.

    Romney/Ryan in '12!!!!!

    August 29, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  16. TheTraveler

    Praise from Santorum towards Romney reminds me of the joke:
    Q: What did one slime mold say to the other slime mold?
    A: I'll get you next slime!

    August 29, 2012 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  17. TerryG

    You have to wonder about the moral conviction of this man who spoke so harshly of Romney during the primary and yet willingly sings his praises at the convention.

    August 29, 2012 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  18. Wes

    It is hard to imagine that we encourage people with such minimal intelligence to promote themselves and their gossamer ideas of dubious substance to speak with self professed authority, all the while wearing clothing that costs more than my wheelchairs. I have to pay for the electricity that powers my TV, so during the Republican convention I shall retire early to continue reading the second volume of Feynman's lecture series on physics. At least I know that what will fill my consciousness is considerably better than what is proffered by some squirrel bait. Where is that incoming asteroid that we have been expecting?

    August 29, 2012 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  19. avd

    For everyone who keeps asking why Mitt is holding his tax returns:

    1) A reason has already been provided by Ann Romney.
    2) The legal amount of information has already been provided.
    3) Why haven't you gotten on Obama when he originally didn't want to release his birth certificate and finally did much later?
    4) Why aren't you on Obama to release his college transcripts? Where are they and why hasn't anyone seen them? Why is he hiding them? Many people think he wrote down that he was not born in America to get financial aid. That very well may be the case, but if so, what good is a liar and conniving president?

    You are picking and choosing your arguments without thorough research.

    August 29, 2012 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  20. cali girl

    I wonder if Santo is running to confessional today. He either lied during his campaign that Robmey is the worst GOP representative to beat Obama for President.
    So changed topic again with all the praise for Robmey. Which is it? And where are Cain, Bachmann, Huntsman, Perry, Pawlenty?

    August 29, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  21. Cedar Rapids

    "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."

    and once again good christian santorum shows how much of a hypocrit he is by knowingly bearing false witness.

    and as predicted, the same people that a few months ago were telling us how bad romney was as a candidate are now coming out saying how great he is and hoping we all forget what they said earlier.

    August 29, 2012 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  22. brad

    If Mr. Romney wants my vote. He needs to do one thing.

    SHOW ME 10 YEARS OF TAX RETURNS.

    August 29, 2012 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  23. gord

    now write me a check

    August 29, 2012 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  24. Len

    President Obama DID NOT wave the work requirement on welfare. He allowed the Governors of states(including GOP governors) to use their ideas on how to use the money for welfare recipients. They still must show they are getting them back to work.

    Please branch out and get the truth......Not Fox News!!!

    August 29, 2012 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    @UDidntBuildThat

    Quit embarrassing yourself and your party. There isn't a business built in America that hasn't been built without financial aid from the local, state, or federal government. To suggest otherwise is nothing more than laughable. Hell, even Romney made millions off of government funded loans, grants, and bankruptcies. As did his running mate, Paul Ryan.

    August 29, 2012 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
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