Santorum's nephew backs Rep. Paul
January 3rd, 2012
05:30 PM ET
9 years ago

Santorum's nephew backs Rep. Paul

(CNN) - Ron Paul's campaign touted support from a family member of one of his rivals on Tuesday, just hours before the Iowa caucuses.

John Garver, 19-year-old nephew of surging Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum, urged voters to pick Paul over his uncle.

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"If you want another big-government politician who supports the status quo to run our country, you should vote for my uncle, Rick Santorum," wrote Garver, a student at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown.

His comments came Tuesday in a column, titled "The trouble with my uncle, Rick Santorum," for the conservative news site The Daily Caller. The piece was then blasted out by the Paul campaign.

Garver criticized his uncle, a former two-term Pennsylvania senator, as a "big-spending Republican" who contributed to raising the debt level during the George W. Bush administration.

"It is because of this inability of status quo politicians to recognize the importance of our individual liberties that I have been drawn to Ron Paul," Garver wrote. "Unlike my uncle, he does not believe that the American people are incapable of forming decisions."

According to recent polls, Santorum is now battling for a top tier finish with Paul and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in Tuesday night's caucuses.

Santorum's campaign did not respond immediately to requests for comment about Garver's column.

- CNN's Dana Bash contributed to this report.

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Filed under: 2012 • Rick Santorum • Ron Paul
soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Phil in KC

    Ouch! Good thing it's a long time before the next Thanksgiving. I'm betting things will still be tense at the old family dinner.

    January 3, 2012 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  2. Aki

    That's gotta hurt, Rick.

    Anyway, good luck to Ron.

    January 3, 2012 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  3. Logic in LA

    Good for Ron. Now how do we get all these uneducated backers to read what he is about and stop listening to his rhetoric? He is an isolationist. I am anti-war and do agree that we are the reason for so much hatred of our government. But, he is also anti-American. This man claims to want us governed by the Constitution but in fact wants no federal oversight of the states. We are the UNITED STATES- not individual little governments but one with an oversight by a bigger body to ensure that all 50 states have the same rights, the same freedoms under the Constitution and the same benefits afforded citizens from all regions.
    His stance on taxation and government finances is interesting given the he and his son live on government salaries and will receive government pensions. And as a doctor Ron received money form medicare for the services performed on his patience. I didn't hear him say he would accept chickens as payment so that all those Texans could remain free of government help. I won't even go into his positions on race, gays, what would happen to our roads, electrical grid , dams , national parks, social security and other services under his administration, but it's easy to sum up- they would not exist if he had his way.
    And as an extremist, eh will get nothing through Congress, so he will be a useless President. So let the 19 year old say he wants him. It's a good thing your people don't vote.

    January 3, 2012 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  4. LacrosseMom(real one)

    Ha-ha his nephew probably knows that Rick is nuts!

    OBAMA 2012

    January 3, 2012 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  5. once upon a horse

    so blood just might be thicker than water. I guess this particular nephew won't be invited to too many dinners at the Santorum house.

    January 3, 2012 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  6. Greg

    Guess who's not getting a card next Christmas.

    January 3, 2012 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  7. george of the jungle

    boy oh boy that say's it all

    January 3, 2012 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  8. Brett

    Smart man.

    January 3, 2012 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  9. Woman In California

    I think Santorum needs to turn out the lights in his campaign but I hope he stays in just to bring Romney down to size. It sounds like there are some "unresolved family issues" which need to be resolved but at least the nephew is smart enough to stay away from Romney.

    January 3, 2012 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  10. thats gotta sting

    that took courage to prob have half your family disown you for your principles

    January 3, 2012 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  11. Silly Baggers!

    Wow! Just because you are family doesn't mean you agree with each other positions but there should still be enough loyalty in family to not bring those disagreements public. It really was a slap in the face when he actually endorsed someone else on top of it. I actually feel bad for Rick in regards to this situation. That said Paul is no more electable than his uncle so the kid still loses.

    January 3, 2012 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  12. David H.

    Ron Paul will ABSOLUTELY NOT receive pension. He opted out, thank you very much for being uninformed. He is also not an isolationist. Stop spewing random, incorrect statements all over the message boards. People like you portray Ron Paul as someone that he is not.

    January 3, 2012 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  13. CBR

    And that is important because? We know nothing about this young man but he gets coverage because?

    January 3, 2012 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |