First on CNN: Santorum endorses McMaster in South Carolina runoff
June 19th, 2014
04:05 PM ET
6 months ago

First on CNN: Santorum endorses McMaster in South Carolina runoff

Washington (CNN) – Rick Santorum is making another primary state pilgrimage, this time involving himself in a high-profile Republican runoff election in South Carolina.

Santorum, a once and possibly future Republican presidential candidate, will appear in South Carolina on Monday to endorse Henry McMaster in his runoff campaign for lieutenant governor. McMaster, a former Attorney General, is facing off against businessman Mike Campbell, the son of the late former Gov. Carroll Campbell. The election is next Tuesday.

“Sen. Santorum is a conservative leader, guided by his faith and unwavering principle,” McMaster said in a statement provided to CNN. “I’m honored to have his support and look forward to campaigning with him in the Upstate Monday."

A busy Santorum courts Republican establishment

The two Republicans will make a trio of stops in and around Greenville and Spartanburg, including an appearance at the Beacon Drive-In, a famous greasy-spoon that’s a must-do stop for any statewide candidate.

Santorum’s decision to back McMaster is another step in an ongoing effort to ingratiate himself with the state’s Republican establishment and business community. The white-haired McMaster, known within the state’s political class as “Henry Mac,” is a former state party chairman and was John McCain’s top surrogate in the state during his 2008 presidential campaign.

Santorum, who framed himself as a grassroots insurgent during his upstart 2012 campaign, spent two days in the first-in-the-South primary state this spring, introducing himself to GOP power brokers and a variety of influential lobbyists and businessmen.

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  1. Sniffit

    "Our first muslim president will never speak out against his brothers. He's too busy releasing them from Gitmo so they can go back to their jihad against us. This is the real reason he doesn't want to engage in any military action."

    Bush 171; Obama 7. So are you saying Bush was our first muslim POTUS? I mean, he released over 300 and 171, or almost 25 times as many as Obama has released total, went back to the battlefield to fight us. Boy, I bet Babs would go into full "BABS SMASH!!!" mode if she found out her son converted.

    June 19, 2014 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  2. Silence DoGood

    “Sen. Santorum is a conservative leader, guided by his faith and unwavering principle,”
    ----------
    Translation – Santorum is one of the "US should become a Christian Theocracy" folks.
    Have you ever heard a conservative use "faith" in any other context?
    Why don't they just be honest and say it?

    June 19, 2014 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  3. don in albuquerque

    Sniffit
    Naw, even the mooozlims wouldn't want W. They prefer people with IQ's of at least three numbers.

    June 19, 2014 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  4. Gary

    As the old saying goes. " If a tree falls in a forrest and there is now one there to hear it. Does it make a sound."
    The new old saying says. " If Santorum makes an enforcement, does anyone care?"

    June 19, 2014 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |