Santorum offers high profile praise of Romney
August 28th, 2012
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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. Nietodarwin

    Talk about damning praise

    August 29, 2012 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  2. Bill

    Don't worry about the tax returns. Obama and Axelrod have probably aleady bullied the info from the IRS and are trying to figure a way to leak it so the finger isn't pointed at them. If you want to know who leaked the info about the Bin Laden raid, ask Axelrod. He's the only one in the Situation Room with NO business being there.

    August 29, 2012 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  3. Terry

    Typical flip flopper for the GOP, they have zero integrity. And he flatout lied about Obama's welfare/workfare program inflating and distorting the numbers. No matter, his faith gives him the option of confession where all his sins can be forgiven

    August 29, 2012 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  4. on StreetWise

    Santorum = Flipper Jr.

    August 29, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  5. Tom from Canonsburg

    I'm not sure that I would take Santorum's word on the sky being blue.

    August 29, 2012 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  6. Pander Bear

    One horrific ex candidate praising the horrific current candidate.

    August 29, 2012 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  7. Woman In California

    @Myviewsis

    You're right the campaign in 2008 was nasty between Obama and Hillary (and I personally will never respect Hillary again), so I am not going to criticize Santorum for changing his views about Willard, (that would be hypocritical) and afteral, it's just politics.

    Having said that, I will NEVER understand how anyone could vote for Willard Romney (other than they want a white person) in the White House. I heard this weekend that this (man) as a child led a BLIND MAN into a door and laughed about it. What kind of a person would do something like that? He has proven over and over again that is he is nothing more than a twisted, lying psychopath who would hurt anyone crossing his path. It's absolutely scary to think this man is on the ticket to be POTUS. If you want him and his five lazy, self serving sons have at it, but I don't want ANY part of this maniac or his gene pool.

    August 29, 2012 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  8. Doug

    my mom worked at a nursing home as an nurse for about 25 years, paying into her health insurance on every paycheck. She got breast cancer in about 1991. They treated her and it was ok for about 4 years. Then her breast cancer came back. She needed surgery, chemo and radiation which would altogether cost around $40,000.

    Her insurance company told her (to her face) that she was too expensive, they weren't going to pay, and advised her to go home, get her accounts together, make the best of her remaining months and die peacefully (ie no lawyers needed). They were willing to let my mother die for the sum of $40,000.

    I later found out from someone that works for the insurance company that there are folks who do that for a living- get people go home and die quietly so the insurance company doesn't have to fight them in court. They get promotions and bonuses based on how well they do.

    My mom took them to court. She said the insurance companies lawyer's strategy was to drag it out until she died. They would constantly file for a time extension, delay, drag it out, etc. Fortunately, we (family, friends and her church) paid her bills and she got treatment. She made it and she is still doing fine today. But she told me the insurance company caused her more stress than the potentially fatal cancer.

    So when people talk about health care, it is personal to me. It annoys me when people see it purely as a political football or see it purely in terms of dollars. I am open to all sorts of discussions about how to fix it, but whether to fix it is not open to debate. In the last 4 years, the Republican party has tried to stop any and all attempts to change the status quo without ever once suggesting a way to fix it themselves. In my view, this is inexcusable and it is deeply hypocritical for those Republicans who claim to be Christian.

    August 29, 2012 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  9. lies from the right - and mostly hate

    @avd – You are picking and choosing your arguments without thorough research.
    --------------------------
    Seriously???
    1) I guess it's OK to NOT release the Twit's tax returns because his wife says they've met the legal obligation ???
    2) Obama did release the "legally required" short form birth certificate up front – yet it wasn't enough for the idiot birthers
    3) Who cares about college transcripts?? It's just more stupid right wing hating ammunition for the gullible faithful.

    Obama released his tax returns. Where's Mittens ????
    Obama released his birth cert. Where's Mittens ????
    Enough said!

    August 29, 2012 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  10. Logic N LA

    If these campaigns were civil, then these endorsments later on would means somethign. But with the lies and name calling that goes on there is no credibility in anything said post contest.
    Paul was the least vocal and has shown the only honestesty of all of them. Gingrich and Santorum have no class and prove that they are only politcal whores with no real convictions.

    August 29, 2012 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  11. Ehickey

    Bill,

    The Pakistani Government leaked the info about Bin laden. And it wasn't so much a leak as it was a demand that the US go public so that the Pakistani's could explain to their own citizens how and why US armed forces had penetrated the country undetected and were militarily assaulting a compound. The timing of the announcement was out of our hands.

    August 29, 2012 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  12. just sayin

    >Bill - If you want to know who leaked the info about the Bin Laden raid, ask Axelrod. He's the only one in the Situation Room with >NO business being there.

    looks to be the equivalenyt of the old soviet political commissar. you know, make sure everybody remains loyal to the party and such.

    August 29, 2012 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  13. Ken in MD

    Funny, he didn't say those nice things about him when he was in the campaign. So which statements do we believe?

    August 29, 2012 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  14. teej

    "Single mothers, Santorum argued, needed politicians who weren't afraid of 'Kicking them in the butt.'" When I read this, the visual I got... This is some heart healthy laugh out loud stuff.

    ...In this new and improved women friendly speech, all of a sudden I am doing something heroic and amazing??? Who is this guy.

    One ore thing, I want Santorum to stop saying to the world that he represents Christian values. The God that I know would not view me as he does, speak to me as he does or plan to undermine my hard work and common sense as he does.

    August 29, 2012 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  15. on StreetWise

    Santorum = Flipper Jr. Which secretary position are you shooting for... Education, too dumb... Defense, too unbalanced... Maybe Health & Welfare, he'd lose his own job along the whole program... Labor... Now there's a fit for Santrum, he could change the name of Labor to "Slavery"

    August 29, 2012 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  16. Woman In California

    UDidntBuildThat wrote:

    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?
    ____

    Yes, I would because 1) I KNOW where he got his money from (his returns are available) and 2) his work as a "community organizer" is searchable too. However, we can't seem to get any records on the other guy who for some reason or another HIDES and DESTROYS all records and data from the public. It also did not take the "community organizer" over 10 years to become POTUS and when he ran, he had thousands of supporters and admirers (all over the world) unlike Willard who has to constantly use his "hard working" wife to convince us he is a loveable guy. Who looks more suspicious and foolish?

    August 29, 2012 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  17. Pam from Iowa

    @Doug – this is exactly why the GOP wants to reverse the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare). They are in too deep with all the insurance companies. Why else would they be so adamant about putting the "pre-existing" clauses back so insurance companies can make more profit?
    The real reason the GOP "claims" that Obama is "stealing 700 billion from Medicare" is because the cuts to Medicare are to get rid of the Medicare Advantage plans (defnition: large insurance companies making millions "managing" Medicare – aka the middle man). Eliminating Medicare Advantage will cut into the profits of United Healthcare, Wellmark, etc.

    August 29, 2012 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  18. MTATL67

    Oh, I remember when honesty was part of campaigning. When elected leaders were people you want to be like. Now I would let my kid anywhere near these Republican extremists

    August 29, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  19. Woman In California

    @ Doug

    I feel your pain. IF it wasn't for "ObamaCare", my son would not have received the good care he deserved last year, and he is young and was in good health prior to getting sick so I know how you feel and I'm glad your mother got the treatment she needed.

    Stay the fight.

    August 29, 2012 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  20. just sayin

    >Pam from Iowa - this is exactly why the GOP wants to reverse the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare).
    >They are in too deep with all the insurance companies.

    obamacare focries people to buy insurance coverage. isn't that also being in bed with them?

    >Why else would they be so adamant about putting the "pre-existing" clauses back so
    >insurance companies can make more profit?

    haven't heard any republican say this or propose it so you must be lying.

    >The real reason the GOP "claims" that Obama is "stealing 700 billion from Medicare"
    >is because the cuts to Medicare are to get rid of the Medicare Advantage plans
    >(defnition: large insurance companies making millions "managing" Medicare –
    >aka the middle man). Eliminating Medicare Advantage will cut into the profits of United Healthcare, Wellmark, etc.

    so the millions of seniors that have these plans and like them will lose them because of obamacare. what happened to the promise that nobody will lose what they have? if you like it you keep it. yes, just more lies from obama and the democrats. after all, they know what is best for you. not you, not your doctor, just them and the unappointed boards they have created. it is all a sham and fraud.

    August 29, 2012 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  21. Rudy NYC

    Woman In California wrote:

    .... I heard this weekend that this (man) as a child led a BLIND MAN into a door and laughed about it. What kind of a person would do something like that?.....
    ---------------------
    I've done far worse than that when I was a kid. The old ring the doorbell and leave a burning paper lunch bag on the sidewalk trick. The real trick was that bag wasn't empty. It was full of the same stuff that Republicans are trying to sell to the voters.

    August 29, 2012 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  22. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Ever hear of that "bear false witness" commandment, Ricky? So which time is it? Now or three months ago?

    August 29, 2012 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  23. Tom Mc

    This is the same guy who said during the primaries that re-electing Obama would be a better option than Romney.

    August 29, 2012 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  24. Dave Harris

    I'm confused. Who is assaulting 'marriage and the family'? What is it that we need Republicans to protect us from? Is this just the usual hyperreligious control freak gibberish, or does he actually have something in mind?

    August 29, 2012 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  25. V

    From what I heard – Santorum gave a sermon and only mentioned Romney in the last couple of sentences. . . I wouldn't call that "High Praise"!

    August 29, 2012 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
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