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Santorum endorses ex-rival Romney

2012-05-08 08:38

Washington - Conservative Republican Rick Santorum has endorsed Republican presumptive presidential nominee Mitt Romney in an email to supporters, US media reported late on Monday.

During his own push for the Republican nomination Santorum, a staunchly Roman Catholic former senator who withdrew from the presidential race last month, said Romney was not conservative enough.

Now however, he has told his supporters to back Romney to beat Democratic President Barack Obama in November, Thew Los Angeles Times and other media reported.

Romney and Santorum met on Friday to do some fence mending after a bitter campaign, but Romney said then he was not expecting his former rival's formal backing yet.

At campaign events, arch-conservative Santorum repeatedly spoke about social themes such abortion and gay rights, two bedrock conservative issues on which Romney has changed his position over the years.

When Santorum dropped out of the race on 10 April after a surprisingly strong grass roots campaign that began last year in a pick-up truck, he did not mention Romney's name.

But the Republicans must close ranks if they want to keep Obama from winning re-election in November.

Newt Gingrich, a diehard challenger for the Republican nomination, officially quit the campaign last week and endorsed Romney.

Libertarian-leaning congressman Ron Paul remains in the race, but he has no chance of defeating Romney.

Comments
  • Tony Lapson - 2012-05-08 08:50

    Puppets are puppets. Santorum doesn't even know what he is talking about, and Romney is clearly unable to make his own decisions. But, of course, they will get the most media coverage. If you have the interests of large businesses and the rich at heart, it isn't hard to buy the spotlight.

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