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Perry and Gingrich Endorse Romney; Santorum Still on the Fence
Christian Post ^ | 04/27/2012 | By Stoyan Zaimov

Posted on 04/27/2012 2:00:43 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

Mitt Romney, the presumptive GOP presidential nominee, is yet to clinch all the 1,144 delegates he needs to officially be declared the winner of the race, and all but one of his previous campaign rivals have given him their support – with Rick Santorum being the only apparent holdout.

It was revealed Wednesday that both Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who dropped out of the Republican presidential race in January, and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, have decided to endorse Romney.

"So today I join the many conservative Republicans across the nation in endorsing Mitt Romney for president and pledge to him, my constituents and the Republican Party that I will continue to work hard to help defeat President (Barack) Obama," Perry said, according to Reuters. Perry had initially endorsed Gingrich when he dropped out of the race.

Gingrich , who is still technically in the race, made it quite clear yesterday that he will be suspending his campaign next week.

According to Gingrich spokesman R.C. Hammond, on Wednesday morning, the former House Speaker spoke to Romney by phone and shared that he will endorse him for the presidency, The Wall Street Journal reported.

"I think you have to at some point be honest with what's happening in the real world, as opposed to what you'd like to have happened," Gingrich said after Romney swept big victories in five Northeastern states on Tuesday. "Gov. Romney had a very good day yesterday. He got 67 [percent] in one state, and he got 63 in other, 62 in another. Now you have to give him some credit, I mean this guy's worked six years, put together a big machine, and has put together a serious campaign."

While the Republican Party largely seems to be uniting behind their presumptive nominee to face President Obama in the general election in November, arguably Romney's biggest rival, Rick Santorum, who suspended his campaign two weeks ago, remains on the fence on whether he will endorse the former Massachusetts governor or not.

The former Pennsylvania senator has avoided using the word "endorsement" or confirming comments suggesting he would endorse Romney, but according to ABC News, two senior advisers of Santorum's campaign have said that he will be meeting with Romney on May 4. They added that it is "possible" Santorum will make an official endorsement.

In a Tuesday interview with CNN's Piers Morgan, Santorum admitted that Romney would be the GOP candidate to face Obama, and he expressed his commitment to his party – but when asked if his remarks were an endorsement of Romney, Santorum simply said, "You can call it whatever you want."

Santorum promoted his campaign as a social conservative and spoke openly on issues such as abortion and homosexual marriage, and often criticized Romney for not expressing a firm stance on such points. The former Pennsylvania senator appealed largely to evangelicals and conservative Christians, and had gained the backing of many pastors and church leaders across the country. In the end, however, he was unable to compete with Romney's broader appeal.

Iowa voters received last week a late letter seeking contributions to Santorum's campaign, in which he warned that conservatives will be "crippled" if Romney wins. In the letter, Santorum said, "It truly frightens me to think what'll happen if Mitt Romney is the nominee."

Still, his wife, Karen Santorum, said during the CNN interview that they are "working through" and "talking about" formally endorsing Romney, although whether or when that will happen remains to be seen.

Romney's remaining rival, Congressman Ron Paul, has said that he intends to remain in the race even if the former Massachusetts governor nabs the GOP nomination. The highest number of votes Paul attracted in this week's Northeastern primaries was 23.9 percent in Rhode Island, where Romney got 63.2 percent of votes.

"We're in the third lap of a mile race. Who knows? Maybe someone will stumble. You can never tell. If tomorrow Romney had the absolute number, I would continue in a modified way," Rep. Paul said Monday on CNBC.


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1 posted on 04/27/2012 2:00:46 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

I suspect that they’ll all endorse Romney at some point but I do think its interesting that the ones who took the most flack for “working for Romney” are the former candidates who still haven’t endorsed him.


2 posted on 04/27/2012 2:06:55 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: SeekAndFind
I am really looking forward to those sage observers of the political scene explaining why it is their man Newt has endorsed Willard, yet team player little ricky, who hasn't a principled bone in his body (if you ask them), is still holding out.
3 posted on 04/27/2012 2:08:06 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: cripplecreek
I do think its interesting that the ones who took the most flack for “working for Romney” are the former candidates who still haven’t endorsed him

LOL! Are you referring to the stalking horse?
4 posted on 04/27/2012 2:11:46 PM PDT by andyk (Go Juan Pablo!)
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To: SeekAndFind
Santorum Still on the Fence

Yet another indication why he "didn't make it".

5 posted on 04/27/2012 2:14:48 PM PDT by GoldenPup (Comrade "O" has got to GO!!)
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To: skeeter

Do you think Little Ricky holding out due to principle?

I don’t.


6 posted on 04/27/2012 2:17:30 PM PDT by Clara Lou ("Mendacity is the system we live in." (Big Daddy))
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To: skeeter

Watch InSanctus Zimmerus endorse Democrat candidate Randall Terry..


7 posted on 04/27/2012 2:40:10 PM PDT by wolficatZ ("We are no longer accepting comments on this article")
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To: SeekAndFind

Rational minds prevail to assult the primary objective

Sanctimonious is left in the trivial irrelevant dust


8 posted on 04/27/2012 2:44:53 PM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 ..... Crucifixion is coming)
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To: wolficatZ

Still looking forward to that explanation.


9 posted on 04/27/2012 2:54:39 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: cripplecreek

I’m impressed by how long Gingrich held out. Wasn’t he supposed to be the ‘last best hope’ of conservatives?

Boy, we were SO wrong, there.


10 posted on 04/27/2012 2:56:44 PM PDT by JCBreckenridge
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To: SeekAndFind

The way Santorum is ripped in this thread I thought I was at DU..what next his daughter?


11 posted on 04/27/2012 2:56:55 PM PDT by GregB (Sarah please save us from Mitt!!!)
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To: GregB

No, only the ‘real’ conservatives support Gingrich. Dontcha know?


12 posted on 04/27/2012 2:58:16 PM PDT by JCBreckenridge
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To: bert
The republicans are going to end up regretting this support of the GOPe/rino power hold without fighting to wrest control away THIS ELECTION. I pray for all you rino supporters to not get what you really deserve, but conservatives TRIED to warn you!

May there be utter chaos and blatant contentious strife in Tampa!

13 posted on 04/27/2012 3:03:11 PM PDT by sirchtruth (Freedom is not free.)
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To: SeekAndFind

14 posted on 04/27/2012 3:06:58 PM PDT by mkjessup (0bama squats to pee.)
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To: Clara Lou

“The former Pennsylvania senator has avoided using the word “endorsement” or confirming comments suggesting he would endorse Romney, but according to ABC News, two senior advisers of Santorum’s campaign have said that he will be meeting with Romney on May 4. They added that it is “possible” Santorum will make an official endorsement.

In a Tuesday interview with CNN’s Piers Morgan, Santorum admitted that Romney would be the GOP candidate to face Obama, and he expressed his commitment to his party – but when asked if his remarks were an endorsement of Romney, Santorum simply said, “You can call it whatever you want.”

Santorum is holding out for a job offer. He did endorse Romney last go around and caught hell for it. Bet he endorses him again..stay tuned for May 4th!


15 posted on 04/27/2012 3:08:45 PM PDT by katiedidit1 ("This is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever." the Irish)
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To: SeekAndFind

It’s only a matter of time.

Santorum endorsed Romney in 2008.


16 posted on 04/27/2012 3:14:32 PM PDT by Kinder Gentler Machinegun Hand
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To: JCBreckenridge

My choices were Bachmann, Cain, and Santorum.


17 posted on 04/27/2012 3:15:31 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: katiedidit1
Santorum is holding out for a job offer.
That would be my thought.
18 posted on 04/27/2012 3:24:57 PM PDT by Clara Lou ("Mendacity is the system we live in." (Big Daddy))
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To: GregB
All due respect---but are you new?...

Rick Santorum was ripped to pieces on a daily basis here at FR....torn to shreds...

Even with Gingrich supporting Romney now...

..his posse still won't give an inch.

DU indeed!

19 posted on 04/27/2012 4:08:36 PM PDT by Guenevere (....God Bless Rick Santorum.....Press on toward the goal, it's not over!)
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To: GregB
My bad....You're not new at all!!....

..but you're new to the Santorum threads..

20 posted on 04/27/2012 4:12:23 PM PDT by Guenevere (....God Bless Rick Santorum.....Press on toward the goal, it's not over!)
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To: katiedidit1
You have absolutely no qualms stating bold face fibs 24/7 !! ......

It's got to be true, eh...cause you say it is.

Sheeesh, don't you people ever quit.

21 posted on 04/27/2012 4:16:20 PM PDT by Guenevere (....God Bless Rick Santorum.....Press on toward the goal, it's not over!)
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To: katiedidit1
Bet he endorses him again..stay tuned for May 4th!

He probably will, but...so what?

22 posted on 04/27/2012 4:22:59 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: SeekAndFind

Has Ron Paul come on board? If Romney and the money baggers don’t pick a real Constitutional conservative, Rubio is now out for several reasons, I have to make a decision that satisfies my political standards and not just be a follower for the sake of being a sheep.


23 posted on 04/27/2012 4:26:58 PM PDT by noinfringers2
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To: Guenevere

No lies here..just the truth. If you can’t deal with it ..go pray about it.


24 posted on 04/27/2012 4:46:44 PM PDT by katiedidit1 ("This is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever." the Irish)
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To: hinckley buzzard

ah...so what? it is the topic of this thread.


25 posted on 04/27/2012 4:47:50 PM PDT by katiedidit1 ("This is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever." the Irish)
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To: SeekAndFind
Denial ain't just a river in Egypt - Republican conservatives can't handle the truth about Romney
26 posted on 04/27/2012 4:53:50 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (Romney Republicanism. Even Jimmy Carter can be comfortable with it.)
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To: katiedidit1
Santorum is holding out for a job offer

You have absolutely no idea what you're talking about....but that hasn't stopped you before.

27 posted on 04/27/2012 6:02:32 PM PDT by Guenevere (....God Bless Rick Santorum.....Press on toward the goal, it's not over!)
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To: SeekAndFind

It’s understandable that Rick is taking his time when Romney lied and even said Rick Santorum was not pro-life.


28 posted on 04/27/2012 9:35:54 PM PDT by Sun (Pray that God sends us good leaders. Please say a prayer now.)
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To: Kinder Gentler Machinegun Hand

“Santorum endorsed Romney in 2008.”

Newt endorsed Romney NOW. What do you think about that?

Rick didn’t endorse Romney until six days before Romney dropped out, and then only because he thought he was the least of the evils.


29 posted on 04/27/2012 9:39:44 PM PDT by Sun (Pray that God sends us good leaders. Please say a prayer now.)
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To: Guenevere

“..Rick Santorum was ripped to pieces on a daily basis here at FR....torn to shreds...

Even with Gingrich supporting Romney now...”

Their DOUBLE STANDARDS are showing - BIG TIME!


30 posted on 04/27/2012 9:42:45 PM PDT by Sun (Pray that God sends us good leaders. Please say a prayer now.)
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To: svcw; tsowellfan

So are you and your friends going to criticize Newt?


31 posted on 04/27/2012 9:46:17 PM PDT by Sun (Pray that God sends us good leaders. Please say a prayer now.)
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To: Sun

If Gingrich endorses Romney - swish!!!!


32 posted on 04/27/2012 9:53:30 PM PDT by svcw (If one living cell on another planet is life, why isn't it life in the womb?)
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To: katiedidit1

“No lies here..just the truth. If you can’t deal with it ..go pray about it.”

lol.


33 posted on 04/27/2012 9:54:40 PM PDT by trappedincanuckistan (livefreeordietryin)
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To: cripplecreek

Same as me! It’s like we are twins!


34 posted on 04/27/2012 10:04:03 PM PDT by JCBreckenridge
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To: Sun

Santorum, Cain, Bachman, Gingrich, Perry and yes even Sarah Palin will ALL be campaigning for Romney this year.


35 posted on 04/28/2012 5:22:58 AM PDT by Kinder Gentler Machinegun Hand
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To: Sun
Newt endorsed Romney NOW. What do you think about that?

The silence of the posse is deafening.

36 posted on 04/28/2012 8:03:57 AM PDT by Guenevere (....God Bless Rick Santorum.....Press on toward the goal, it's not over!)
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To: skeeter
I am really looking forward to those sage observers of the political scene explaining why it is their man Newt has endorsed Willard, yet team player little ricky, who hasn't a principled bone in his body (if you ask them), is still holding out.

Because the GOP hasn't met Santorum's "principled" price!? Because he WILL endorse him. So why wait? Debt help? Party honors?

I've really have had a bellyful of FReepers attacking Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich.

Enjoy.

37 posted on 04/28/2012 8:08:07 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Guenevere

I will remember YOU said that...as I said, “stay tuned” because IF I am right..I will be back to remind you.
Go pray:)


38 posted on 04/28/2012 8:16:36 AM PDT by katiedidit1 ("This is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever." the Irish)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Cincinatus's Wife......Many here have had an absolute belly full of YOU and your 'group' attacking Rick Santorum on a daily 24/7 basis.

Rick Santorum has NOT endorsed Romney.....Period.

He has more principle and conviction than to play games.

Newt HAS endorsed Romney.

......Deafening silence from you all....except to continue to criticize Santorum .

39 posted on 04/28/2012 10:39:06 AM PDT by Guenevere (....God Bless Rick Santorum.....Press on toward the goal, it's not over!)
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To: katiedidit1; Cincinatus' Wife
I would much rather use a conciliatory tone with you and the others.....

...but Rick Santorum is not on this forum to defend himself against scurrilous written attacks....which many many people read at Free Republic.

It is not in my nature to be combative....

..but I will defend him and his precious family.....sadly you leave me and others no recourse.

katiedidit1 likes to say....Go pray

I will not pass judgement on whether she is serious....

..but I am called to pray for my enemies.

It is very sad to consider fellow Freepers as enemies.....but from the tone of you and your group's posts

..you are definitely enemies against Rick Santorum.

His wife & family pray for their enemies....and pray for those who say untruths and all manner of ridicule and scorn against them.

40 posted on 04/28/2012 12:22:19 PM PDT by Guenevere (....God Bless Rick Santorum.....Press on toward the goal, it's not over!)
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To: Guenevere
I pray all the time for this country. I pray all the time that America becomes once again the great nation I enjoyed as a child.
As for Santorum..his supporters gave as good as they got and the Newt supporters were also attacked. It is politics. We all supported OUR candidate with strength and convictions. We have differences on which man would have been the best but now we have Romney. I still have no doubt that Santorum will be offered a position and that is not necessarily a bad thing..is it?
As for Newt..he said from day ONE that any candidate running on the gop ticket would be better than Obama. I disagree with Newt on that one issue. Newt said that Obama was the most dangerous president ever and we can all agree he has divided this country using the race issue, class envy cards and gender. IF Romney wins..he would have to do a serious turn around from his record as gov of Mass. I just dont trust him.
Sorry if I sound prejudice but I question a mormon as commander in chief. He did protest in FAVOR of the war in Vietnam when he was a student in Calif but HE got several deferments due to his faith and of course he left the US and went to France. It troubles me than anyone can be in favor of sending our soldiers to war but they won't serve.
God save America
41 posted on 04/28/2012 1:01:45 PM PDT by katiedidit1 ("This is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever." the Irish)
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To: svcw

“If Gingrich endorses Romney - swish!!!!”

Gingrich already did endorse Romney.


42 posted on 04/28/2012 9:14:53 PM PDT by Sun (Pray that God sends us good leaders. Please say a prayer now.)
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To: Kinder Gentler Machinegun Hand

They all will support the candidate who they feel will do the least amount of harm, and I don’t blame them for that.

But I must admit I’m shocked that we are in this position, and very upset.


43 posted on 04/28/2012 9:18:35 PM PDT by Sun (Pray that God sends us good leaders. Please say a prayer now.)
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To: Sun

SWISH!


44 posted on 04/28/2012 10:30:59 PM PDT by svcw (If one living cell on another planet is life, why isn't it life in the womb?fend Mormonism and)
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To: SeekAndFind

Well, well... if Newt says to vote for Mittens, then I guess real conservatives know what they have to do.

/facepalm


45 posted on 04/28/2012 10:39:37 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Guenevere

Good post.
I, too, am sick up to here with all the worthless scum on this forum who went after (and inexplicably continue to go after) Santorum.


46 posted on 04/28/2012 10:43:05 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Kinder Gentler Machinegun Hand
Santorum endorsed Romney in 2008.

He should just retweet that with a "ditto."

47 posted on 04/28/2012 11:08:31 PM PDT by JediJones (From the makers of Romney, Bloomberg/Schwarzenegger 2016. Because the GOP can never go too far left.)
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To: Lancey Howard

Not this one..I don’t select candidates based on endorsements. Though it’s always great if my guys the one they endorse....but in this case Newt’s endorsement is simply what politicians do in and election.

Santorum’s probably holding out for his position....that play is different since he holds the delegates he does...and well..Santorum likes to “play” the game.


48 posted on 04/29/2012 12:34:35 AM PDT by caww
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To: JediJones

LOL...you go that right...still laughing.


49 posted on 04/29/2012 12:35:52 AM PDT by caww
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To: Sun

No I won’t critizize Newt on his support for Romney now....he’s just doing what he said he’d do at the beginning of the debates if he didn’t win...doesn’t matter who would get it...he’d support them. So this should not be disturbing to any here.


50 posted on 04/29/2012 12:41:49 AM PDT by caww
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