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. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    Radical extremists are all in line now.

    August 29, 2012 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  2. Palin Power

    Santorum is just a RINO. We need Sarah Palin as our next President. Only she can completely fix this country and take it forward to a new era and new heights.

    August 29, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  3. Pittsburgh Lou

    To Rick Santorum: OK, now you can disappear forever from public life.

    Signed: The American People

    August 29, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  4. Rick in AZ

    Seems to me the reason Santorum is now behind Romney is so Romney will retire his campaign debt.

    August 29, 2012 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  5. Dave in Ohio

    As I recall, not long before he bowed out of the race Rick Santorum said something to the effect of “if Mitt Romney is the best we can do, we might as well stick with what we’ve got.” I’ve been waiting for this. Anybody got an Etch-A-Sketch???

    August 29, 2012 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  6. Deb in MT

    @TheTraveler: since you are in the mood for jokes, I've got one for you–

    The GOP is now trying to sell Romney as 'resolute, relatable, and decisive'.

    Yeah, I laughed so hard with that one that I almost wet myself. What's next:'honest and transparent'?

    August 29, 2012 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  7. Independent

    @myviews...LOL 100% true, these people are just brain washed sheep!!!

    August 29, 2012 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  8. CAL USA

    Santorum told us Romney was the worst candidate to go up against the President. Gingrich called him a liar. Perry said he was a vulture capitalist. Now he's the second coming of Reagan, the only guy who can rescue us from Obama and doing that by bringing back the policies of George W. Bush? And we are expected to salute and accept their endorsements? Of course we will....

    August 29, 2012 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  9. Dennis1020

    Scott said at 4:41 a.m. that "Romney/Ryan have a plan for a better America." I have heard Romney and Ryan say that a number of times, but I have yet to actually hear even the outline of any plans, much less the details of plans. Would one of you Romney/Ryan fans kindly enlighten me, or point me to a website where I can read their plan? Thank you.

    August 29, 2012 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  10. jk in MN

    What do you expect – he's learned flip flopping and major league pandering from Mitt. He's probably pnadering for a Cabinet post. The whole thing is funny – but the country won't be laughing if Mitt is elected.

    August 29, 2012 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  11. Eddie The Barber

    Did Rick mention that Romney is a liar? Did he make mention of the fact that Romney lies and then swears by it? He pretty much did that when he was running againt Romeny in the primary and I can't bear to watch these republicans speak so I don't really know what he said. Why doesn't the press – press the issue that Romney can't tell the truth? Why is that overlooked and why is it acceptable that a presidential candidate be an outright lier? I don't get it. Last time we had a guy in the White House who was this far removed from reality (maybe other than Junior Bush) was Richard Nixon – and look what that got us.

    August 29, 2012 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  12. SN

    More foder for the other party. Every slam against the opponent in the primary race is food for thought to use by the opponent past the primary. How amazing our primary contenders on both sides don't realize or accept this. Secondly, why did we have so many contenders on one side, whereas the other party four years ago had barely a few?

    August 29, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  13. Vadeakon

    Boy always did have a short memory. Certainly helpful when your into politics.

    August 29, 2012 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  14. steve

    Ooops, the kiss of death for Romney from Santorum.

    August 29, 2012 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  15. Jersey Girl

    Santorum received funds for his kids being home-schooled, money from PA. But the kids were schooled in VA! An awful, awful person, supposedly so religious. And as for Krispy-Kreme Christie, he seemed angry through his whole speech, which wasn't very good, considering he must have done at least 10 drafts! He must have been angry because he wasn't the nominee, or perhaps because he knows that Robme will not win the election. Oh, well, Christie, you can freely run in 2016, because Robme & wife will soon go away & finally retire to one of their numerous houses.

    August 29, 2012 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  16. sassysticks53

    I just couldn't stomach the Republican Clown Convention last night. I turned to TCM before the "key" speakers took the podium. The GOP is pathetic! I almost wet my pants when they panned a shot of brown-skinned people from the islands sitting right down in front! The GOP tried to show a national and world audience that they are a party of diversity. But we all know that's a lie. I could count the people of color in that auditorium on my hand, there are so few of them. I could help but laugh at the site of the pretense. Too funny and pathetic.

    August 29, 2012 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  17. paul

    You mean, something from the GOP is involved in a complete reversal of stated beliefs? Say it ain't so! I had thought when Mitt said he was a non-partisan moderate progressive severe conservative non-birther birther, man, we could bank such ironclad principles! So disappointed....

    August 29, 2012 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  18. Jersey George

    Santorum is a time traveler from the Salem Witch trial days. He's a flaming religious zealot who wants nothing more than having our country under theocratic rule. He definitely fulfilled his Christian values last night with the usual lies and misinformation about the president. As Thomas Jefferson quoted: "I do not find in orthodox Christianity one redeeming feature."

    August 29, 2012 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  19. Tam

    Horrors, is that a teleprompter in the background?!

    August 29, 2012 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  20. truth hurts

    I seem to recall Hillary calling Obama every name in the book and his campaign playing the race card on Bill Clinton. ANd then she went to work for him and now Obama is expecting Bill to pull his bacon out of the fire.

    And the difference is????

    August 29, 2012 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
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