Santorum endorses ex-rival Romney
08 May 2012, 14:07
Washington - Conservative Republican Rick Santorum has endorsed
Republican presumptive presidential nominee Mitt Romney in an email to
supporters, US media reported late on Monday.
During his own push
for the Republican nomination Santorum, a staunchly Roman Catholic
former senator who withdrew from the presidential race last month, said
Romney was not conservative enough.
Now however, he has told his
supporters to back Romney to beat Democratic President Barack Obama in
November, Thew Los Angeles Times and other media reported.
and Santorum met on Friday to do some fence mending after a bitter
campaign, but Romney said then he was not expecting his former rival's
formal backing yet.
At campaign events, arch-conservative
Santorum repeatedly spoke about social themes such abortion and gay
rights, two bedrock conservative issues on which Romney has changed his
position over the years.
When Santorum dropped out of the race on
10 April after a surprisingly strong grass roots campaign that began
last year in a pick-up truck, he did not mention Romney's name.
But the Republicans must close ranks if they want to keep Obama from winning re-election in November.
Newt Gingrich, a diehard challenger for the Republican nomination, officially quit the campaign last week and endorsed Romney.
Libertarian-leaning congressman Ron Paul remains in the race, but he has no chance of defeating Romney.