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17 April 2012

Rick Santorum Not Endorsing Mitt Romney Yet

Ouch.

Former presidential candidate Rick Santorum on Monday sounded no closer to endorsing Mitt Romney than when he dropped out of the presidential race last week, telling supporters on a conference call that he hasn't even had a chance to speak to his onetime rival.

Santorum said he has talked with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. "I haven't had a chance yet to talk to Governor Romney, but we'll be talking to both of them and we're going to go out and do what we believe is in the best interest of our country," Santorum said in the call, which had at least 4,000 participants at its peak, according to host and Santorum aide Mark Rodgers.

To crystallize the point that he isn't going to make an endorsement in the immediate future, Santorum told his supporters that it was entirely up to them who to vote for in next week's Pennsylvania primary. "I haven't supported any candidate at this point," he said.

When Rodgers, acting as the call's host, asked him in jest whether he would un-suspend his campaign if enough people voted for him in Pennsylvania, Santorum offered little in the way of advice. "I would just say this: the best thing that they can do is stay tuned, and we really are serious about making sure that the issues that we brought up during this campaign are continued going forward," he said.
My emphasis.

This type of action -- or lack thereof -- does not bode well for the Romney campaign. It seems clear to me that Santorum is nursing some wounds from his primary run.

That said, if/when Romney becomes the nominee for the GOP, I'm sure that Rick Santorum and his surrogates will fall in line like good little Republicans. After all, Santorum will want Mitt Romney's endorsement when he runs for President again in 2016...
[via GOP12]

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