Daily Caller | Influential Iowa Evangelical Leaders Endorse Santorum

In lieu of an endorsement from the highly sought Iowa-based Christian conservative organization, the Family Leader, the group’s CEO Bob Vander Plaats announced Tuesday in Urbandale that he will personally endorse Rick Santorum for the GOP presidential nomination.

The Family Leader’s decision not to endorse any candidate came after four weeks of wrangling over the four more socially conservative candidates in the race for the GOP nomination, according to the Des Moines Register: Rick Perry, Rick Santorum, Michele Bachmann and Newt Gingrich. They had eliminated Herman Cain, Jon Huntsman, Ron Paul and Mitt Romney from consideration.

While the organization is sitting out of the endorsement game this year, its CEO and his conservative cohort Chuck Hurley, the president of Iowa Family Policy Center, gave Santorum their thumbs up Tuesday.

“It’d be a great boost for us,” Santorum said of a Family Leader endorsement prior to the group’s no endorsement announcement during a Tuesday morning interview on Fox News. “Whoever gets this endorsement is clearly going to have the edge.”



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