Elections 2012: Rick Santorum Formally Endorses Mitt Romney

Former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum endorsed his former rival and the party’s presumptive White House nominee, Mitt Romney, late on Monday.

Rick Santorum has officially endorsed Mitt Romney, and notified his supporters in an email sent Monday night. Photo: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

In late-night email, the former presidential candidate Santorum cited his Friday meeting with Romney in his hometown of Pittsburgh as a reason he finally got behind the presumptive GOP nominee, reports Yahoo.

“Governor Romney will be that nominee and he has my endorsement and support to win this the most critical election of our lifetime,” he said.

“On Friday, Governor Romney came to Pittsburgh for an over-hour long one-on-one meeting,” Santorum said in the email. “The conversation was candid, collegial and focused on the issues that you helped me give voice to during our campaign; because I believe they are essential ingredients to not only winning this fall, but turning our country around.”

Santorum added that in the meeting he “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.’

He added that the one-time rivals would unite to deny President Barack Obama’s re-election. “Above all else, we both agree that President Obama must be defeated,” the letter said.

“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.”

“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,” Santorum said.

However, Santorum reminded his supporters of the deep differences between the two republicans ad former rivals and that misgivings had not yet abated, according to The Huff Post.

“The primary campaign certainly made it clear that Gov. Romney and I have some differences. But there are many significant areas in which we agree,” Santorum wrote.

Santorum, the socially conservative former Pennsylvania senator, won 11 state contests and had been reluctant to give an endorsement before the meeting with Romney on Friday, tells Reuters.

Santorum’s endorsement sharply contradicts with his attacks on Mitt Romney during the campaign.

“Pick any other Republican in the country, Santorum said about Romney in Wisconsin. “He is the worst Republican in the country to put up against Barack Obama.”

Santorum also used the emailed statement to thank his supporters. “Thank you for your counsel, it has been most helpful,” Santorum wrote in the email.

“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,” former former presidential candidate wrote.

“And while I had concerns about Gov. 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 wrote in the email.

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