Santorum Endorses Romney: Urges Conservative Staff as Palin Did

Former Pennsylvania Senator and GOP Presidential candidate Rick Santorum endorsed Gov. Mitt Romney for President late Monday evening in a letter to supporters. The endorsement comes after a one-on-one over an hour long meeting of the two on Friday May 4, 2012 in Pittsburgh, PA.  In his endorsement, Santorum emphasized the need for Romney to “add more conservative leaders as an integral part of his team.”

“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.”

Gov. Palin said the same back on January 30, 2012 in an interview with Sean Hannity (at the 10:29 mark):

“I think if he is surrounded by hard core conservatives who understand that government’s not the solution. He would be kind of directed into more of those fiscally conservative positions–and socially conservative positions–that I think that the majority of our center right nation would respect, and expect. I do respect Mitt Romney’s success…He’s got kind of that lineage within his family of success and politics, things that worked in the past that allowed his dad to be successful–he’s learned from that. I think that is to be admired.”

In the same interview, Gov. Palin praised Santorum (at the 11:42 mark):

“I am a great admirer of Rick. I admire that he was a warrior out there on the field for all those years, taking those shots because he is quite bold about his socially conservative views and how he believes that getting back to a stronger Judeo-Christian foundation for our nation is going to be key to  success, and prosperity and security for our nation. And I so respect that.”

Santorum’s letter to supporters listed the foundational role of family in rebuilding America:

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.

Santorum noted, however, that an endorsement didn’t come quickly for several reasons:

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 while Santorum emphasized the importance of returning America to “being a manufacturing superpower,” he did address their differences alongside their common goals:

“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.”

Santorum called for all conservatives to get “all hands on deck”:

“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.”

Former Presidential candidates Rep. Michele Bachmann, Texas Governor Rick Perry, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, and businessman Herman Cain all endorsed Romney within the past month.

 



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