Santorum to endorse Cuccinelli in VA gubernatorial race
December 13th, 2012
09:23 PM ET
1 year ago

Santorum to endorse Cuccinelli in VA gubernatorial race

(CNN) – Former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum Friday will endorse state Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli in Virginia’s gubernatorial race, two sources confirm to CNN.

"I have known Ken for years and consider him not only a strong leader for conservative principles but a dear friend who I have been proud to stand side-by-side with in the fights crucial to the future of our nation,” Santorum said a statement to be released Friday from Patriot Voices PAC, the political action committee he chairs. The statement was obtained by CNN Thursday night.

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"Ken's conservative leadership will serve the Commonwealth of Virginia well and will be an example for state executives across this country. From before the Revolution itself, the governorship of Virginia has been held by some of the greatest defenders of America's foundational principles, and I am excited to support Ken's candidacy to help him continue this tradition as Virginia's next governor."

In his endorsement, Santorum touts Cuccinelli’s “reputation as a committed conservative.” Both tea party favorites, Santorum’s endorsement does not come as a surprise but may provide an early, high-profile lift for the former Virginia state senator.

After Republican Lt. Governor Bill Boiling ended his campaign in November, the race is expected to come down to Cuccinelli and former Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe, who announced his second bid for Virginia governor last month.

The winner of next November’s election will succeed the state’s current governor, Republican Bob McDonnell, who is term-limited. State law prevents Virginia governors from serving consecutive terms. New Jersey is the only other state to have a gubernatorial race next year.

The Washington Post first reported Santorum's endorsement.

CNN’s Kevin Bohn and Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2013 • Ken Cuccinelli • Rick Santorum • Virginia
soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. joe arena

    And why is Santorum's opinion relevant ?

    December 13, 2012 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  2. MaryM

    lol, Santorum? really? That is suppose to be a good endorcment?

    December 13, 2012 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  3. Flagship, NC

    Why is he still in the news!??? Who really cares what he thinks about the Va. race!

    December 13, 2012 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  4. jinx88

    Really!!! Is this Santorum scrub even credible?

    December 13, 2012 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  5. BG

    Cmon fellas, Virginia went for Obama, and it CERTAINLY was not going for Santorum. This isn't news, this is stupidity. The blind leading the blind.

    December 13, 2012 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  6. tammyk tammy

    The Santorum political kiss of death. Heed the warning Virginians!

    December 13, 2012 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  7. J.V.Hodgson

    One thing is for sure You know you are getting a very right wing conservative governor if you vote for Cuccinelli
    We have enough of them already and need a democrat running Virginia.
    Regards,
    Hodgson.

    December 13, 2012 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  8. Thomas

    Why is Rick Santorum relivent ?

    Cute sweater , bad temper !

    December 13, 2012 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  9. Marie MD

    Just a little background on cucchimama . . .
    Cuccinelli, who unabashedly used his office to advance his strong views against abortion rights, gay rights and human origins of global warming, to reunite his party? Can someone so proud of his conservative activism win back the women and minority voters who helped make Barack Obama the first Democrat to carry Virginia in consecutive presidential races since Franklin D. Roosevelt?
    I very much doubt that he can win anybody with half a brain in VA.

    December 14, 2012 06:51 am at 6:51 am |
  10. sick of republican phonies

    Why is this news? What is "news" about a republican endorsing a republican? Santorum is an out-of-work pol, anyway- who cares? this didn't even make the NY Times (i.e., "serious" journalism).

    December 14, 2012 06:56 am at 6:56 am |
  11. ppppuuuuuu

    Who really gives a big big whoop on who Santorum endorses or anything else he does!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 14, 2012 06:56 am at 6:56 am |
  12. mk

    A law against serving consecutive terms has got to be the most ridiculous law i'be ever heard. I'm ok with some term limits but that makes no sense.

    December 14, 2012 07:48 am at 7:48 am |