kunc-header-1440x90.png
Our Story Happens Here
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations
NPR News

Santorum Endorses Romney

Back in their sparring days: Rick Santorum (left) and Mitt Romney during a Feb. 22, 2012, Republican presidential debate in Arizona.
Back in their sparring days: Rick Santorum (left) and Mitt Romney during a Feb. 22, 2012, Republican presidential debate in Arizona.

Saying that "above all else, we both agree that President Obama must be defeated," Rick Santorum on Monday evening endorsed former Republican rival Mitt Romney's presidential bid.

In , the former Pennsylvania senator said that:

"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."

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who dropped out of the race for the Republican nomination last week, hasn't issued a statement or made an announcement — but says that as far as he's concerned, he has endorsed Romney as well. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, officially remains in the race.

Our friends at It's All Politics are following the ups and downs of the 2012 campaign.

Copyright 2020 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.

Related Content
  • Attention now turns to the expected general election race between Mitt Romney and President Obama. There's talk that the contest could come down to just four states: Colorado, Nevada, Ohio and Virginia.
  • Rick Santorum's departure from the presidential race means Mitt Romney is finally in a position to draw to his ranks that part of the Republican electorate that until now has preferred his numerous rivals, virtually each of whom has risen to challenge him only to fall, the latest and last being the former senator from Pennsylvania.
  • Mitt Romney, who appears well on his way to becoming the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, got a taste of the risk of handing voters the microphone at a Monday campaign event in a Euclid, OH manufacturing company.
  • One cynical economist said the worst thing about the jobs report was "It provides just enough inane talking points for both sides of politics. That could probably be said for most first Fridays of the month during a general-election year when Democrats and Republicans try to extract any competitive advantage they can from the latest employment report from the U.S. Labor Department.