Skip to comments.Perry and Gingrich Endorse Romney; Santorum Still on the Fence
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.
“.. wont critizize Newt on his support for Romney now..”
That’s fine, as long as you have the same standards for all of the candidates.
Romney thanks all you guys, who did your part to bash Rick Santorum, the only candidate who could stop Mitt from getting the nod.
I wasn't attacking either of those two fine gentlemen and candidates.
I was simply pointing our how wrong were my FR associates who took every opportunity to smear another good man and fine candidate, Santorum. Sage political analysts they are not.
BTW you were not among them.
“Rick Santorum was ripped to pieces on a daily basis here at FR....torn to shreds...”
Oh, please! Name ONE candidate who wasn’t torn to shreds here on a daily basis. Just ONE.
And folks wonder how we ended up with Romney. ha!
On the fence
But most likely will jump off at some point down the road.
Rick ok with new Romney hire .. http://www.politico.com/blogs/charlie-mahtesian/2012/04/rick-ok-with-new-romney-hire-121849.html
In another sign that Republicans are uniting behind Mitt Romney with an eye to November, Rick Santorum’s national campaign manager has signed on as Romney’s deputy national director of coalitions.
The Union Leader reports today that the Romney camp reached out to New Hampshire-based activist Mike Biundo not long after Santorum left the race for a post that will involve coalition-building with key conservative coalitions such as “tea party activists, evangelicals, the pro-life community and the Second Amendment community.”
Santorum has yet to formally endorse Romney, and his camp has been careful to note that a scheduled May 4 meeting between them is not for the purposes of announcing an endorsement.
For the record, the title to this article is misleading.
Governor Perry endorsed Romney but Gingrich has not done so. The title is your typical ploy by writers in the media to use a headline to grab readers but the facts do not support it. Gingrich may endorse in early May - it’s not here though.
As a matter of fact I do see it that way...they are politicians and they operate in the politcal arena. So I expect along the way they’ll be edorsing someone of their choosing......it just goes with the territory they operate. It’s the neighborhood they work in and among.
Rick wasn't in it to win from the get go....the Gop had other plans for Rick and used him well, just as they did in Congress...willingly I might add.....and it worked.
Santorum is going to be the nominee in 2016. He is next in line after Romney gets creamed this round. Romney might lose by the biggest margin in history. Shame that some of you guys seem to rather have Romney than a good man and candidate like Santorum. Oh well enjoy your next four years. Glad I won’t be able to be blamed.
Glad I won't be able to be blamed.
I'm always torn between laughter and disgust when I see smug self-satisfaction on this board. You think that you will have discharged your moral duty if you vote for Santorum. Well, if you refuse to vote because Santorum isn't the candidate, you will be blamed, because we know what poison Obama is.
Were you on long-term leave from FR? Or did you follow only selective threads to achieve such a limited perspective?
Day after day for months, each in his turn, it was Perry, it was Bachmann, it was Gingrich, it was Santorum. Not sure who “you all” might be, but you do paint with a mighty broad brush, merely confirming the “whiny Santorum” meme.
I actually am not smug. Although on a thread that is only typing words I could see how you believe that. You are right we are in a world of hut the next 4 years. Stupid GOPe gave us another dud. Who are u voting for in November? I really like Virgil Goode so far.
If you don’t know what poison Willard Romney the open socialist is, a quick Google search ought to clear that up.
Here, I’ll help you: http://lmgtfy.com/?q=mitt+romney+liberal+record
Only one of which (Pennsylvania) has an even reasonable chance of voting for Romney in the fall.
Between them, these states selected 231 delegates, more than one-fifth the total to clinch the nomination.
And between them, you have to go way back to 1988 to discover that only three of the five (Pennsylvania, Delaware and Connecticut) actually delivered a single electoral vote to the GOP nominee in the fall. Once in the last six election cycles.
I'll vote for Mitt in the fall only because the alternative is so much worse. But these delegate allocation rules need to be overhauled big time to better reward states which actually deliver electoral votes to the GOP in the fall.
Other than 1964 (when lots of left-of-center Republicans, including Romney's father, walked rather than support Goldwater) and 1980 (when Anderson walked rather than support Reagan) I can't think of any modern situation where a major Republican leader didn't “get on board” with the nominee. While Perot and Buchanan were presidential candidates in 1992, 1996, and 2000, neither of them held elected office and I don't think most of us would have considered them to be major Republican leaders prior to them bolting the party.
We have a luxury that Gingrich, Perry, and Santorum do not have — we don't have to get in line behind Romney's leadership. Let's not criticize them too much for doing what is expected of a Republican leader.
As for me, I'm well aware that Free Republic does not allow Romney endorsements, but even if it did. I frankly haven't yet decided what I'm going to do this fall on the presidential race. It's now obvious that Romney will be the Republican nominee, so I hope the likely defeat of Romney this fall doesn't wreck the rest of the Republican federal and state candidates too badly, but it is very likely that Romney's name at the top of the ticket will do serious damage.
At this point, probably the best that can be hoped for is that Free Republic and other Romney opponents will be able to help clean up the wreckage after Romney's defeat this fall, or to aggressively fight Romney's left-of-center agenda if he does somehow get elected.
Im impressed by how long Gingrich held out. Wasnt he supposed to be the last best hope of conservatives?
Boy, we were SO wrong, there.
I respect Mark Levin and he is voting for Romney. Same with Gingrich. Probably many otherwise good thoughtful Freepers will end up voting for Romney.
Personally, I can not bring myself to vote for him.
“Im impressed by how long Gingrich held out. Wasnt he supposed to be the last best hope of conservatives?
Boy, we were SO wrong, there.”
Tell that to the so-called conservatives that decided to pull the lever for Romney or the ones that sunk Newt because of his ex-wife.
Apparently the last best hope for conservatives were supposed to be conservatives with a brain.
And guess who didnt show up at the polls?
So what is Newts motivation in backing Romney?
Can you name for me all the derogatory nick names Newt was called on FR? I can name a few that people use for Rick. Some in this very thread.
Sanctimonious, Little Ricky et al.
There’s nothing more you can say to lose any more credibility, so stop trying so hard. Your credibility is toast.
IMHO, Rick should switch parties to a new conservative party.
I don’t like ANY of the juvenile name-calling. There was Newtie and N00t, a few others. The bashing went well beyond silly name-calling for all the candidates. Everything but ‘your mother dresses you funny.’ But the fact remains no single candidate got abused/trashed any more than any other, nor did any escape the barbs and criticisms. Candidate bashing was egalitarian throughout the primary season.
I suppose from the candidates’ perspective, at least they were being talked about/fought over. Before Bachmann/ Perry/Cain/Gingrich/Santorum each had a lead in polls, you didn’t see all that much written about him (or her). If I had the time I’d do a search back to November/December 2011 to see how much was written about Santorum. He probably didn’t merit a thread back then. So, as a pol, would he rather be called silly names or be overlooked altogether, as if he didn’t exist? Ya gotta have a significant ego and very thick skin to be in politics.
Need to give it a rest..that’s history and most are moving on from there...all candidates were vetted and hard. Your boy got his when he also was on the top of the ticket, and knew it was coming. So too Perry and the rest.
Although I wasn’t a Cain supporter nobody got hit as hard as Cain. ...he got cut off at knees as no other....surprised it didn’t totally destroy his family with it.
Santorum got hit because he tried to project an image he isn’t and people refused to see the facts of his record and history of playing in the Elites Big Boy Park in order to always advance his career. He then quit on the edges of Pa because he wasn’t about to take another hit there and have it ruin his career entirely.
Rick was in the game to play not to win.
Some can only see a candidate...others see the game.
Some can only see a candidate...others see the game plays.
Who won after all the misguided hate?
For years now republicans have taken some sort of obscene pleasure in blaming the folks who have decided to either not support, not finance, or not vote for the hand selected GOP elitist.
First those folks were but a trickle and ignored. Then the GOP started to lose an election here or there and they became the convenient scapegoat.
GOP representation has leaned heavily RINO for several decades. It wasn't the people not voting or voting for someone else that put those RINOs in place, it was the people who voted for anybody but the democrat. They awake a few months later and watch in frustration as their representative legislates their Rights away.
This is not the fault of the nonvoter or non-supporter.
It is the insidious nature of ‘voting for anybody but...’ The GOP-e knows there is great angst and fear of 0bama getting a second term. They are counting on the ‘anybody but...’ vote to shame and blame, even though Romney is actually a weak candidate and one that does not represent the principles of the party.
But again, this is not why Romney I believe will likely lose. If 0bama plays this right, Romney is the perfect target with which to throw his 1% elite game against. That single target will be enough to totally rally his base.
And then folks like you...will again blame those who chose not to vote, who wrote in their choices, or who simply finally checked out of the party. Never once understanding that the blame rests with the weak candidate nominated by the GOP.
No, it won’t be Santorum’s “turn” in 2016: that designation will go to Jebbie Bush unless Romney wins in 2012. And don’t think for a minute that our little Republican primary voters won’t bite into another Bush. They will. They are too uninformed not to do so.
Is it Virgil GOOD or GUDE?
But as long as you keep posting your wrong assumptions...
...I keep defending.
Who are you defending....Romney? Obama?...those are your choices. Both are socialists.
I'm a conservative..I don't defend or vote for socialists.
72 posted on Mon Apr 30 2012 18:25:30 GMT-0500 (Central Daylight Time) by Tzar: “Itd be fascinating if Santorum endorsed Goode.”
Not likely but not impossible. But if Romney is really, really, really stupid, especially on something related to abortion or homosexuality, I could see Santorum saying “thus far and no farther.” We already know he's willing to go down to defeat rather than compromise his convictions on core issues, though I can't imagine Romney being so incredibly stupid to do something dumb enough to prompt the sort of wholesale conservative revolt it would take to push someone like Santorum into endorsing a third party nominee.
Chuck Norris has a column over on TownHall (I don't know if it's legal to link there, so I won't) warning that Romney supporters aren't taking the thread of a third party seriously. Norris proposes ways that Romney can win by unifying conservatives; I don't think Romney is likely to take Norris’ advice. Apart from extreme situations, I very much doubt that Santorum will either lead or openly support a third-party bid, but I could easily see Santorum being among the people trying to pick up the pieces following a devastating Republican defeat this fall caused by Romney's lack of leadership.
Romney doesn't represent social issues conservatives. He doesn't represent national defense conservatives. He isn't even a very good representation of economic conservatives.
So how did we get him as the nominee? Merely because he's got a ton of money and could defeat more conservative Republicans with that money — but Obama has far more money available to him this fall.
Just wondering if in your soul of souls.....you and your 'group' ever wish you had given Rick Santorum a chance....
..instead of constantly marginalizing, demonizing him to the nth degree.
Do you ever think...what if?
Or are you happy with the status quo.
I can't help but wonder.....since 'most' of you who 24/7 did everything you could to push him out of this race....
..and now you all have practically disappeared......mission accomplished, eh.......
..if this was your REAL goal, after all....
...to leave us....Romney....Obama.
People here all had candidates they were supporting ...and that swung to yet other candidates when they dropped out. Most didn't ‘marry” the candidate for their choosing. You've really got some issues about Santorum you simply need to let go of...he's done...threw in the towel. ..just as the GOP wanted him to.
And no I wasn't about to support Santorum...I'm from Pa. and he has handled this exactly like he handled everything here in PA. He's a career politician and a GOP yes man... will do whatever is necessary to further his career always, first, and foremost..... I never had Rick in mind in the beginning nor after the media lifted him out of his ditch. I know his history, lines, and tactics..... The GOP used him, willingly, in Congress and they did in this election as well. ...maybe from this they offered him “His turn” next in their line ya think? Whatever, Rick only plays when there's something in it for him. So no, I wouldn't have given him a second chance...I didn't give him the first chance and wouldn't.
However, had he won the Primary instead of jumping ship at Pa.... ( you see Rick new Pa would not go for him..he remembers and so do we and when he tried to kiss and makeup that didn't work either....he was done...but prior Had he trounced Romney for the win...yes I would have voted for him and said so...wouldn't have liked it though...but never Romney.
The status quo is because conservatives did not get behind Newt once Santorum bit the dust...that was our last chance. And further Romney then cheated and jumped ahead without delegates and basically thumbed his finger at the rest of the voters....said he didn't need them.
Nope not Romney...not never.