First on CNN: Santorum endorses in key Republican Senate battle
May 14th, 2014
08:07 AM ET
6 months ago

First on CNN: Santorum endorses in key Republican Senate battle

(CNN) - Rick Santorum's taking sides in the free-for-all GOP Senate primary in Iowa.

The former senator from Pennsylvania and 2012 Republican presidential candidate – who's seriously considering another bid for the White House – Wednesday will endorse Sam Clovis. The conservative talk radio host backed Santorum's 2012 presidential campaign, which was fueled by a delayed victory over eventual GOP nominee Mitt Romney in the Iowa caucuses.

Santorum will make his endorsement through his Patriot Voices PAC.

"I know what is in his heart and Sam is a true, full-spectrum conservative who believes in the greatness of American exceptionalism and the founding principles in our Declaration of Independence and Constitution," said Santorum in an email release obtained by CNN.

"I have watched this race develop and was not going to get involved, but I feel compelled to more publicly voice my support for Sam because so-called conservative groups in Washington, D.C. have tried to anoint a candidate," Santorum added.

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Clovis is one of four major candidates battling for the GOP Senate nomination in the June 3 primary. The winner will face off in November against Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley in the race to succeed five-term Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin, who's retiring at the end of the year.

Santorum becomes the latest out-of-state big name politician to make an endorsement in the contest. State Sen. Joni Ernst has been backed by Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee, and 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney. Matthew Whitaker, the former U.S. Attorney for the southern district of Iowa, has the backing of Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a 2012 Republican presidential candidate who may launch another bid in 2016.

Businessman Mark Jacobs, the former chairman of Reliant Energy, is also one of the four major candidates.

The most recent polling in the race indicates Ernst and Jacobs battling for the top spot, with Whitaker and Clovis trailing.

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Two candidates Santorum recently endorsed won victories in Tuesday's primaries.

Midland University President Ben Sasse, a former Bush administration official, came out on top in the Senate GOP primary in Nebraska. In recent weeks Sasse won the backing of Santorum as well as Palin, and Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Mike Lee of Utah, who joined Sasse at a recent rally in Nebraska. Sasse is now the favorite to win November's general election in the race to succeed retiring Republican Sen. MIke Johanns.

And Alex Mooney, who enjoyed Santorum's support, won a wide-open GOP nomination in West Virginia's 2nd Congressional District.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA - Take Back the House

    "I know what is in his heart and Sam is a true."
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    Where have I heard that before? Oh! "I looked the man in the eye. I was able to get a sense of his soul."

    May 14, 2014 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  2. J Anthony

    Ok, at this point it shoukld be clear that the system needs an overhaul, but none of these plutocrat-parties are going to do it. Painful as it may be, the people will have to work together, disengage from the current self-destructive socio-political and monetary-systems and rebuild new ones.

    May 14, 2014 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  3. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Why don't these people run for office in Saudi Arabia? I believe in God like many others but I don't want to live in a Theocracy. They claim there is a war on religion but the way I see it is religion is being crammed down our throats whether we want it or not.

    May 14, 2014 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  4. Lynda/Minnesota

    "State Sen. Joni Ernst has been backed by Sens. Ted Cruz and Mike Lee and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee, who all joined the candidate at a recent rally in Iowa."

    Oh, look bassman. Your command for CNN to drag $arah into the conversation was heard and promptly acted upon ...!

    May 14, 2014 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  5. tom l

    rs

    Chris-E...al

    I've always thought H Clinton was sick after she lied about bombs dropping and getting shot at years ago on a over seas trip . She just wanted to look brave for the public . N0t .
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    You mean like G.W. Bush in a flight suit on the deck of an aircraft carrier in San Diego Harbor declaring "Mission Accomplished"?
    =====

    This is why I love the gang. Someone bring out a point about Hillary that is absolutely valid as she was claiming that she was dodging snipers while landing in Bosnia which was another proven lie of hers and how does the gang respond? Pointing to bad behavior/decisions of the other side as if to justify her lie (it was correct that Bush did claim Mission Accomplished when no mission was accomplished but what does that have to do with Hillary lying?).

    Don't you realize that both sides are full of it yet, rs? Don't you realize by you're pointing to bad behavior on the right that you're just deciding to ignore the bad behavior of your side? Why do you do that so often? Can't you just admit that Hillary lied about being shot at by snipers rather than bringing in some wholly irrelevant comment to try and make your side look better?

    May 14, 2014 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  6. g

    has he ever had a real job

    May 14, 2014 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  7. Gurgyl

    --GOP is pretty much done. I don't think any one is worth viable to be elected. Sorry but truth. All second century talk.

    May 14, 2014 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  8. The Duke

    An endorsement from Santorum is a reason not to vote for a candidate. Santorum was a free spending big government establishment hack as a senator. Don't believe for a second his cries of fiscal responsibility.

    May 14, 2014 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  9. Rudy NYC

    Let's not forget just who Rick Santorum is. When asked 'why are you running for POTUS' in late 2011 during a Christian radio station live interview, Santorum replied that he felt the 1st Amendment's separation of church and state was wrong. He does not subscribe to the founders' vision of a secular government, and that he wanted to instill "Christian values" into our laws. He felt that he could best achieve these goals as POTUS.

    In other words, Santorum wants to turn our democratic republic into a theocratic oligarchy. His words, not mine.

    May 14, 2014 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  10. Rudy NYC

    J Anthony

    Ok, at this point it shoukld be clear that the system needs an overhaul, but none of these plutocrat-parties are going to do it. Painful as it may be, the people will have to work together, disengage from the current self-destructive socio-political and monetary-systems and rebuild new ones.
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    That sounds pretty scary. Let's tear down what we have and rebuild it, with new rules, from scratch.

    May 14, 2014 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  11. Rick McDaniel

    That's just the old "scratch my back, and I will scratch yours."

    May 14, 2014 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  12. Silence DoGood

    @Rudy NYC
    Let's not forget just who Rick Santorum is. When asked 'why are you running for POTUS' in late 2011 during a Christian radio station live interview, Santorum replied that he felt the 1st Amendment's separation of church and state was wrong. He does not subscribe to the founders' vision of a secular government, and that he wanted to instill "Christian values" into our laws. He felt that he could best achieve these goals as POTUS.

    In other words, Santorum wants to turn our democratic republic into a theocratic oligarchy. His words, not mine.
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    Thanks Rudy NYC. At least he said what he thinks, as wrong as the Theocracy movement is. The politicians I worry about are the slick slimy ones that want totalitarian Christian Theocracy as badly but hide behind nice terms "religious freedom", "founding principles", and "people of faith". Don't be fooled folks!

    May 14, 2014 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  13. Lynda/Minnesota

    "In other words, Santorum wants to turn our democratic republic into a theocratic oligarchy. His words, not mine."

    I don't know, Rudy. I understand that Santorum envisions himself as the first American Pope, but Pope Rick Santorum just doesn't have that "ump" I'm looking for in my Pimping Jesus for Votes crowd.

    Perhaps if he started donning a purple vest he'd get more pope-traction ... ?

    May 14, 2014 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  14. Name

    This is the start of Nov election and what's to come. People are tired of the party favors. 2010 election year again.

    May 14, 2014 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  15. Sniffit

    "Don't you realize that both sides are full of it yet, rs?

    False equivalencies are for the intellectually lazy and nuance challenged.

    May 14, 2014 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  16. Boomer in Mo

    If Santorum is crowned president, we will all have to be Catholic or be deported.

    May 14, 2014 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  17. Sniffit

    "Someone bring out a point about Hillary that is absolutely valid "

    No, tom, it was not a valid point. The "sniper fire in Bosnia" thing is not cause to believe she has mental health issues or brain damage. That is the point he was trying to push, not simply that it was a lie she got caught telling. Learn to read. It was a lame and invalid attempt to push Rove's fabrications to stick her with a "birth certificate" issue.

    May 14, 2014 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  18. Warren

    Just think how great this country would be if in 2014 all three houses were democrat.. The whole world would be a better place...

    May 14, 2014 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  19. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    I'm with Silence. At least we know how Pope Ricky really feels. The one that scares me is Ayn Rand, jr. The fact that he said he would have been against the Civil Rights Act and the fact that he thinks businesses should be allowed to choose whom they serve. Being a black woman that scares the bejeezus out of me. Real talk.

    May 14, 2014 11:48 am at 11:48 am |