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Santorum endorses former rival Romney as GOP presidential candidate
Fox News ^ | May 7 2012 | AP

Posted on 05/07/2012 9:29:34 PM PDT by NoLibZone

WASHINGTON –  Former presidential hopeful Rick Santorum urged his supporters to back fellow Republican Mitt Romney's campaign Monday in a late-night email that ignored that Santorum once calling Romney the "worst Republican in the country" during their bitter contest.

He added: "Above all else, we both agree that President Obama must be defeated. The task will not be easy. It will require all hands on deck if our nominee is to be victorious. Gov. Romney will be that nominee and he has my endorsement and support to win this the most critical election of our lifetime."

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Extended News; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2012; gopeusedsantorum; lastofthebohicans; mittlovesrick; mittluvsnewt; net4teaparty; newt4romney; newt4teaparty; ricksantorum; romney; santorum; santorum4gope; santorum4romney; x2

1 posted on 05/07/2012 9:29:47 PM PDT by NoLibZone
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To: NoLibZone

The GOPe just added its newest member.


2 posted on 05/07/2012 9:30:49 PM PDT by NoLibZone (I trust Sarah Palin, Dick Cheney, Cain, Perry, Bachman : I trust their judgment on 2012 pick.)
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To: NoLibZone
::rollseyes::

If you want to replace 0, even the "worst Republican in the country" will do.

3 posted on 05/07/2012 9:48:35 PM PDT by kosciusko51 (Enough of "Who is John Galt?" Who is Patrick Henry?)
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To: NoLibZone

swish - That was the sound of any respect I had for the man leaving.


4 posted on 05/07/2012 9:58:15 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: NoLibZone

Under the circumstances, that is the only sensible option remaining for Ricky.


5 posted on 05/07/2012 10:04:01 PM PDT by entropy12 (No way I will do anything to help the thug from Chicago pResiding in WH)
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To: NoLibZone

Santorum endorsed Specter for president in 1996 and Romney in 2008, Santorum wasn’t going to rebel at Mitt being too liberal, that act was never real.


6 posted on 05/07/2012 10:05:46 PM PDT by ansel12
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To: NoLibZone; RitaOK; cripplecreek; fieldmarshaldj; Czar; Tax-chick; Kansas58
I would say to Rick Santorum:

Rick, I was proud to show up at your rally at the Venetian Club in Rockford and to cast my vote for you in the Illinois primary. Of course, the air waves here were, as in all primary states carpet-bombed with a zillion dollars worth of Robozombie's lies, slanders, libels and defamations against you and against your career. Robozombie, of course, never did define a single significant issue as to how he would handle himself as POTUS any better than Obozo will.

Rick, you may forgive Romney or endorse him just because that is what leaders do within the GOP or because it seems the decent thing to do. You know and I know that the Massachusetts trashbag is every bit as unqualified as Obozo to be POTUS. You may forgive him. I won't. AND I certainly will not reward him for his lies and libels and slanders any more than I will reward Obozo for his.

To the RNC and the rest of the GOP-E cowards: After 44 years of voting (often against my better judgment for each and every GOP POTUS candidate), I have had enough of your typical candidates of whom Robozombie is only the latest. If the GOP wants my POTUS vote, and, I suspect, the votes of many other actual conservatives, the GOP will have to earn it the old-fashioned way. It can nominate a candidate close to Reagan's qualities or the GOP will forfeit my vote and that of many others. The results may disappoint Muffy, Skipper, the other trust fund babies, the Darien investment obsessives, the foreign policy enemies' bum auto-smoochers, the baby-killers, the "Log Cabin" and other lavender queens, the Junior League and the polo clubbers but that is just the way it is and will be. Keep on nominating unprincipled airhead RINO monstrosities and keep on getting defeated.

Also, I don't have money to send but, if I did, no entity owned or run by anything labeled Republican would get a nickel. Fortunately, actual conservatives across the land are making the same judgment. No more cash for the RSCC, the RCCC, the RNC, the GOP "Young Guns" (who are supporting Richard Lugar) or any of the rest of the elitist whores to give them influence over candidates.

7 posted on 05/07/2012 10:05:46 PM PDT by BlackElk (Dean of Discipline, Tomas de Torquemada Gentlemen's Society. Broil 'em now!!!)
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To: NoLibZone

He is one of the oldest members of GOPe, not the newest member. He has always been a Karl Rove stooge and a big government socialist. He also endorses liberals over conservatives. e.g.: Arlen Specter.


8 posted on 05/07/2012 10:10:37 PM PDT by JimWayne
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To: BlackElk
I wonder if you really think Santorum or anyone else would pay any attention at all to your rant? He doesn't care about you. Never did.

Clue: Don't hold your breath. Predictable.

9 posted on 05/07/2012 10:19:00 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: NoLibZone
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10 posted on 05/07/2012 10:39:06 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: svcw

You would expect him to be churlish and childish and refuse to support the nominee of the party he’s been a part of his whole life?

Of course this was the right thing.

Anyone But Obama


11 posted on 05/07/2012 11:13:29 PM PDT by WOSG (Anyone But Obama)
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To: WOSG

What I expect that when a man campaigns for months saying “Romney is the worst candidate possible”, to stand by their convictions and not cave to conventional wisdom.
I am sick to death of people going along to get along, where are the damn principles of right over wrong these days.
Stop apologizing and stick to your beliefs.
If Romney as Santorum said is the worst, three months ago he is still the worst today.
Santorum was right then, he is wrong now.


12 posted on 05/07/2012 11:49:09 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: svcw

Oh, for heaven’s sake - many things are said in the heat of a campaign. I suggest that all those who are on their high horses, and attempt to “teach the GOPE a lesson,” enjoy 4 more years of the marxist in the WH. Maybe, then, just maybe, we’ll have another election in 2016 and nominate a true conservative. Don’t count on it. If obozo wins another 4 years - we all lose.

Its as simple as that. Romney isn’t a true conservative, but, at least he loves this country - unlike the poser in chief now occupying 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

We may not get the opportunity to vote in another “free’ election if we don’t win back the WH and Senate. I don’t know how much plainer it can be said.


13 posted on 05/08/2012 12:04:57 AM PDT by Catsrus
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To: Catsrus

How do you know?
How do you know anything about that liberal called Romney, he takes five sides to every issue.
I am done voting for the liberal R candidate.
You said Romney isn’t a true conservative, he is not a conservative at all. He never has been nor will he ever be one. He has not one conservative bone in his body.


14 posted on 05/08/2012 12:15:13 AM 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: NoLibZone
It looks like we're stuck with Mitt. The best that can be done is to take control of the Senate, and put in as many Tea Party supporters as possible.

Congress should make President Mitt toe the line, and force him to be conservative. Otherwise, they should block every liberal move he makes...

15 posted on 05/08/2012 12:55:42 AM PDT by Cowboy Bob (Greed + Envy = Liberalism)
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To: NoLibZone

Not a surprise to anyone from Pennsylvania. We know this guy backstabs conservatives. Right now conservatives need a brokered convention, NOT ROMNEY.


16 posted on 05/08/2012 2:55:23 AM PDT by BinaryBoy (Anyone But Romney)
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To: NoLibZone

Romney cannot, and should not, win.

Romney is the WHITE OBAMA (and worse since he
is not accountable, like Obama will shortly be).

Romney is a SURE LOSS.

Santorum is now shown to be an idiot.


17 posted on 05/08/2012 3:48:39 AM PDT by Diogenesis ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. " Pres. Ronald Reagan)
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To: Cowboy Bob

It looks like we’re stuck with Mitt. The best that can be done is to take control of the Senate, and put in as many Tea Party supporters as possible.

Yes we need more conservatives in Congress but the Congress and Senate will not oppose a GOP President for the most part.


18 posted on 05/08/2012 4:22:20 AM PDT by freedomfiter2 (Brutal acts of commission and yawning acts of omission both strengthen the hand of the devil.)
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To: NoLibZone

Sorry Rick. No Sale.


19 posted on 05/08/2012 5:35:44 AM PDT by Buckeye Battle Cry (Not Romney - Not ever!)
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To: NoLibZone
There is a reason they are called

POLITICIANS


20 posted on 05/08/2012 5:59:06 AM PDT by Roccus
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To: NoLibZone; All
I got the message and read it last night. I was **VERY** surprised to hear FOX News this morning interpreting this as an “endorsement” of Romney. Engraved-on-His-hands has already posted the text of the email at #89, or I would do it.

I think we all know an endorsement of Romney by Santorum is coming, but I don't read what Santorum sent out last night as an endorsement.

Note these sections of the Santorum email: “While the issue of my endorsement did not come up, I certainly have heard from many of you who have weighed in on whether or not I should issue a formal endorsement. Thank you for your counsel, it has been most helpful. However, I felt that it was completely impossible for me to even consider an endorsement until after a meeting to discuss issues critical to those of us who often feel our voices are not heard by the establishment: social conservatives, tea-party supporters, lower and middle income working families.”

And again: “During our meeting I felt a deep responsibility to assess Governor Romney’s commitment to addressing the issues most important to conservatives, as well his commitment to ensuring our appropriate representation in a Romney administration.”

In closing: “P.S. As promised, very soon we will be making another big announcement, and I will be asking you to once again join forces with me to keep up the fight, together. Stay tuned.”

My guess is an endorsement is coming, but this email wasn't it.

21 posted on 05/08/2012 6:02:58 AM PDT by darrellmaurina
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To: BlackElk
...the GOP "Young Guns" (who are supporting Richard Lugar)...

I've also learned to beware of some Conservative groups with the word "Young" in the title.
22 posted on 05/08/2012 6:10:21 AM PDT by Resettozero
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The Santorum email

Friend

Thank you again for all you did as one of my strongest and committed supporters. Your belief in our campaign helped us start a movement of Americans who believe deeply that our best days are ahead as long as we fight to strengthen our families, unshackle our economy and promote freedom here and around the world. Karen and I will be forever grateful for the support, kindness and commitment you showed us, as well as our children, over these last months.

On Friday, Governor Romney came to Pittsburgh for an over-hour long one-on-one meeting. The conversation was candid, collegial and focused on the issues that you helped me give voice to during our campaign; because I believe they are essential ingredients to not only winning this fall, but turning our country around.

While the issue of my endorsement did not come up, I certainly have heard from many of you who have weighed in on whether or not I should issue a formal endorsement. Thank you for your counsel, it has been most helpful. However, I felt that it was completely impossible for me to even consider an endorsement until after a meeting to discuss issues critical to those of us who often feel our voices are not heard by the establishment: social conservatives, tea-party supporters, lower and middle income working families.

Clearly without the overwhelming support from you all, I never would have won 11 states and over 3 million votes, and we would not have won more counties than all the other candidates combined. I can assure you that even though I am no longer a candidate for president, I will still continue to fight every day for our shared values - the values that made America the greatest country in the history of the world.

During our meeting I felt a deep responsibility to assess Governor Romney's commitment to addressing the issues most important to conservatives, as well his commitment to ensuring our appropriate representation in a Romney administration.

The family and its foundational role in America's economic success, a central point of our campaign, was discussed at length. I was impressed with the Governor's deep understanding of this connection and his commitment to economic policies that preserve and strengthen families. He clearly understands that having pro-family initiatives are not only the morally and economically right thing to do, but that the family is the basic building block of our society and must be preserved.

I also shared with Governor Romney my belief that we cannot restore America as the greatest economic engine the world has ever seen until we return America to being a manufacturing superpower. He listened very carefully to my advice on this matter, and while our policy prescriptions differed, he clearly expressed his desire to create more opportunities for those that are feeling left behind in this economy.

As it is often said, "personnel is policy." I strongly encouraged Governor Romney as he builds out his campaign staff and advisors that he add more conservative leaders as an integral part of his team. And you can be sure that I will work with the Governor to help him in this task to ensure he has a strong team that will support him in his conservative policy initiatives.

Of course we talked about what it would take to win this election. As you know I started almost every speech with the phrase that this was the most important election since the election of 1860 and four more years of President Obama is simply not an option. As I contemplated what further steps I will take, that reality weighed heavy on me. The America we know is being fundamentally changed to look more like a European socialist state than the land of opportunity our founding fathers established.

Freedom and personal responsibility are being replaced with big government dependency. The greatest and most productive workers in the world are being hamstrung by excessive regulations making it impossible to compete. Our healthcare system had been socialized, and the worth of each life dictated by some government bureaucrat. Our allies are insulted while our enemies are appeased. And our religious beliefs and freedom have come under attack.

What is even more troubling is what a second term of an Obama administration could bring. President Obama's admission to the Russians that he will have more flexibility in a second term can only be translated to "if you thought I was liberal in the first four years you haven't seen anything yet!"

The primary campaign certainly made it clear that Governor Romney and I have some differences. But there are many significant areas in which we agree: the need for lower taxes, smaller government, and a reduction in out-of-control spending. We certainly agree that abortion is wrong and marriage should be between one man and one woman. I am also comfortable with Governor Romney on foreign policy matters, and we share the belief that we can never allow Iran to possess nuclear weapons. And while I had concerns about Governor Romney making a case as a candidate about fighting against Obamacare, I have no doubt if elected he will work with a Republican Congress to repeal it and replace it with a bottom up, patient, not government, driven system.

Above all else, we both agree that President Obama must be defeated. The task will not be easy. It will require all hands on deck if our nominee is to be victorious. Governor Romney will be that nominee and he has my endorsement and support to win this the most critical election of our lifetime.

My conversation with Governor Romney was very productive, but I intend to keep lines of communication open with him and his campaign. I hope to ensure that the values that made America that shining city on the hill are illuminated brightly by our party and our candidates thus ensuring not just a victory, but a mandate for conservative governance.

Karen and I know firsthand how difficult the campaign trail can be particularly as governor Romney faces relentless attacks from the democrats. We have been praying for him and his family and will continue to do so in the weeks and months ahead.

Thank you again for all you have done for us, and I look forward to working together to defeat President Obama this fall and to protect faith, family, freedom and opportunity in America.

With Gratitude,
 
Rick Santorum

P.S. As promised, very soon we will be making another big announcement, and I will be asking you to once again join forces with me to keep up the fight, together. Stay tuned.


23 posted on 05/08/2012 6:28:25 AM PDT by deport (.............God Bless Texas............)
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To: svcw
What I expect that when a man campaigns for months saying “Romney is the worst candidate possible”, to stand by their convictions and not cave to conventional wisdom. I am sick to death of people going along to get along, where are the damn principles of right over wrong these days. Stop apologizing and stick to your beliefs.

If Romney as Santorum said is the worst, three months ago he is still the worst today.

Santorum was right then, he is wrong now.

Ditto re Newt...

And so why say anything, anytime anywhere... when what you say is subject to reversal or denial at any given moment, when the heat gets turned up the tiniest bit, when backbone is required...

Ditto.

24 posted on 05/08/2012 7:24:22 AM PDT by true believer forever (GO NEWT! On to Tampa - hang tight - we can do this!!)
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To: darrellmaurina
My guess is an endorsement is coming, but this email wasn't it.

from the 4th paragraph from the bottom, post #23, entire text of email:

"Above all else, we both agree that President Obama must be defeated. The task will not be easy. It will require all hands on deck if our nominee is to be victorious. Governor Romney will be that nominee and he has my endorsement and support to win this the most critical election of our lifetime."

25 posted on 05/08/2012 7:33:09 AM PDT by true believer forever (GO NEWT! On to Tampa - hang tight - we can do this!!)
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To: deport; true believer forever
Deport and True Believer Forever are both right, and I blew it, big time.

I read Rick Santorum’s email late last night when it arrived in my in-box, focused on Santorum’s statement about a future major announcement (which he's said several times recently) and missed a key word in a key sentence near the end of the email. What I thought he said was Santorum would support Romney **IF** he is the nominee, not that Romney “will be that nominee.”

That is a major screwup on my end. The readers of this thread deserve my apology.

I think I need to go get some coffee. I've been up way too long, but that's no excuse when I make a mistake this serious.

Over and out. I have a date with Maxwell House.

26 posted on 05/08/2012 7:50:05 AM PDT by darrellmaurina
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To: darrellmaurina
Deport and True Believer Forever are both right, and I blew it, big time.

I read Rick Santorum’s email late last night when it arrived in my in-box, focused on Santorum’s statement about a future major announcement (which he's said several times recently) and missed a key word in a key sentence near the end of the email. What I thought he said was Santorum would support Romney **IF** he is the nominee, not that Romney “will be that nominee.”

I think I need to go get some coffee. I've been up way too long, but that's no excuse when I make a mistake this serious.

Over and out. I have a date with Maxwell House.

That is a major screwup on my end. The readers of this thread deserve my apology.

Please. Don't even feel the need to apologize. There was a reason he dropped it in the last few paragraphs and sent it out at 11 p.m. I am not criticizing Rick - Newt hasn't exactly been a pillar of stated principle lately, either.

Maybe - at a minimum - it would be nice to able to believe 50% of the words that come out of our candidate's mouths...

Onward and upward. Stay strong for America.

27 posted on 05/08/2012 8:02:14 AM PDT by true believer forever (GO NEWT! On to Tampa - hang tight - we can do this!!)
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To: true believer forever

So here is a question.
When Santorum said Romney was the worse choice, what did Romney do to now become the best choice?
People change their minds all the time for reasons, I am tired of mind changing for political expediency.


28 posted on 05/08/2012 8:14:55 AM 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: darrellmaurina
"I don't read what Santorum sent out last night as an endorsement."

What part of "...he has my endorsement and support to win this the most critical election of our lifetime" do you not recognize as an endorsement?

29 posted on 05/08/2012 9:21:46 AM PDT by Josh Painter ("The lesser of two evils is, by definition, evil." - Josh Painter)
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To: Josh Painter
Please note posts 26 and 27. I've apologized — that was a major screwup on my part and was inexcusable.

I read the Santorum email multiple times, and reread it before sending my post to Free Republic. I blew it, I blew it big time, and that was a major error.

30 posted on 05/08/2012 9:35:48 AM PDT by darrellmaurina
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To: svcw
So here is a question.

When Santorum said Romney was the worse choice, what did Romney do to now become the best choice?

People change their minds all the time for reasons, I am tired of mind changing for political expediency.

You know, Santorum had a history of taking one for the team and endorsing romney earlier... but if you were a Newt supporter, like I was, I was fully expecting him to take a principled stand as the Last Conservative Standing..

Santorum was clear about the issues he was putting forth. One of Newt's was reform, and turning DC up and down, and there was a reason all the insiders hated him... they knew he wouldn't play by their rules..

So here's a question... And in the end? The GOP-e ate them all up, rolled over them like a bulldozer, and got them to go along... when some of us, to one degree or another, thought OUR candidate was the one who would finally stand up to the machine.

so, now we know..

31 posted on 05/08/2012 10:42:02 AM PDT by true believer forever (GO NEWT! On to Tampa - hang tight - we can do this!!)
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To: darrellmaurina

Thanks but no apology necessary. We all misread or decipher info differently thus our varying opinions of that info.


32 posted on 05/08/2012 10:47:52 AM PDT by deport (.............God Bless Texas............)
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