Santorum's Iowa pick up
July 13th, 2011
10:37 AM ET
11 years ago

Santorum's Iowa pick up

(CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum picked up an influential Iowa endorsement Wednesday.

Kim Lehman, former president of Iowa Right to Life and an Iowa Republican National Committeewoman, announced her support for the former Pennsylvania senator, known for his socially conservative values.

Lehman said Santorum's record proves he is willing to fight for his principles.

"He didn't shy away from taking on the partial birth abortion ban or welfare reform and he's certainly not going to shy away from getting this country back on track," Lehman said in a statement. "Rick Santorum is grounded and able to lead on the national stage."

Lehman is an important leader of social conservatives in the Hawkeye State, whose support will be important for Santorum as he competes in the first-in-the-nation caucus state of Iowa. Santorum registers in the single digits in most national and state-wide polls, despite over 20 visits to the early voting state.

"I am honored to have Kim's endorsement," Santorum said in a statement. "I am excited about the opportunity to formally work with Kim to spread our message of freedom and faith in the American people."

- CNN Political Reporter Peter Hamby contributed to this report.

Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Rick Santorum
soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Marie MD

    For just a moment I thought he had broken that pledge that he signed. I can rest easy still knowing that who cares what he does or who, from the right wing nut side, endorses him!

    July 13, 2011 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  2. GI Joe

    Who cares - that's a total of 19 votes for him out of 300,000,000. WTG ! (end sarcasm).

    July 13, 2011 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  3. Lynda/Minnesota

    The bets are on as to who will dropping out of the race first: Santorum or Pawlenty. I say good riddance to both. Bachmann at least brings humor to the primaries. The other two are nothing but ego ridden has beens unable to accept life without that continuous government paycheck rolling in ... with hefty benefits, of coarse.

    July 13, 2011 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  4. logic in LA

    We make too big a deal out of Iowa- it is not a vote, it's a caucus. After months of listening to politicians , they are able to walk into a room, say who they support and then change their minds! At best you get the second best candidate out of this process which is very limiting to the citizens of any state, but everyone make a big deal out of it. Great way to get retired people and the unemployed vote but discriminates against students and the working class. End the Caucus process.

    July 13, 2011 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  5. bp

    Bring on Iowa and New Hampshire quickly so we can then be rid of this monster of hatred and intolerance, who disgraces the name of the God he pretends to honor.

    July 13, 2011 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  6. Rudy NYC

    These pledges Republicans are so fond of signing are proof positive that their party is broken. They have lost sight of what it means to be voted in to an elected office.
    People do not vote for you because they agree with your interests. You are supposed to be elected to represent the people's interests. Not your own interests.
    Signing these various pledges means they are signing away the interests of their constituents. Let's see many of them get elected or re-elected.

    July 13, 2011 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  7. Mike

    Rick needs to take any endorsement he can get. The egg timer for his campaign is almost up.

    July 13, 2011 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  8. LovesIrony

    and Goofy endorses Daffy Duck

    July 13, 2011 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  9. Flint Rock

    OK Rick .... that's "1".

    July 13, 2011 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  10. fayse

    Santorum can't even get to the double digits in the polls.

    Obama /Biden 2012

    July 13, 2011 11:57 am at 11:57 am |