Santorum Emails Romney Endorsement

by InvestorPlace Staff | May 8, 2012 9:34 am

Two weeks after suspending his campaign for the GOP presidential nomination, former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum endorsed rival[1] Mitt Romney.

The endorsement came in an email issued late Monday night. It followed a personal meeting between the two men on Friday in Pittsburgh, Fox News noted.

In the email, Santorum abandoned the harsh rhetoric he often used against Romney during the campaign and called for the party to unite to prevent President Obama from winning a second term.

Still, it was hardly a ringing endorsement of the former Massachusetts Governor.

As with Newt Gingrich’s almost tepid endorsement of Romney last week, Santorum pointed out that he had harbored doubts about the presumptive GOP candidate — who he once termed “the worst Republican in the country” to campaign against Obama — but pledged his support for the GOP standard bearer.

By making his endorsement via email, Santorum avoided the need to deliver the endorsement in person.

The campaign for the Republican nomination was especially bitter this year, marked by increasingly personal attacks and political recriminations. Santorum, who lost his last election by near double-digits, is widely seen as having restored his political capital with a relatively strong showing in the race for the nomination.

Though the campaign clearly left him with hard feelings against Romney, failing to endorse the GOP frontrunner would have displayed a lack of party spirit and might have harmed his future political standing.

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Endnotes:
  1. endorsed rival: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/05/07/santorum-endorses-former-rival-romney-as-gop-presidential-candidate/
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