Santorum to launch campaign for Romney tomorrow in Pennsylvania

posted at 4:41 pm on July 13, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

The Republican primary race ended for all practical purposes almost exactly three months ago, when Rick Santorum suspended his campaign and made Mitt Romney the presumptive presidential nominee.  Since that point, only Newt Gingrich among the contenders has gone on the campaign trail for Romney, on several occasions, with the latest appearance yesterday in Florida. Ron Paul has only grudgingly conceded lately that he won’t win the nomination. Until now, Santorum has been relatively quiet, expressing support in interviews but not appearing on the campaign trail.  That will change tomorrow, as ABC News reports:

This weekend former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum will hold his first formal campaign event for Mitt Romney since he became the presumptive Republican nominee, sources close to Santorum tell ABC News.

Santorum, who emerged as one of Romney’s last opponents standing after a hard-fought  primary season, will appear on Saturday at the opening of the Romney campaign’s Greensburg, Pennsylvania victory office. It’s familiar turf for Santorum who used to represent that area of southeastern Pennsylvania in Congress. …

Saturday’s event represents another step in the peace-making process between Santorum and Romney, and it is also a sign that the Romney campaign believes Santorum can be a helpful surrogate in the country’s economically-struggling Rust Belt area.

Santorum was asked to participate in the Greensburg office opening by the Romney campaign and Republican party officials, and “he was happy to accept the request,” according to a source familiar with the planning of the event.

This is a smart move for both men.  Santorum drew a lot of support from Rust Belt Republicans with his economic policy and his middle-class approach.  Romney needs to energize the Reagan Democrat voters in places like Ohio and Pennsylvania, as well as in Wisconsin, Iowa, and Michigan.  Working-class voters may relate better to Santorum, while Santorum won’t steal Romney’s thunder.  Plus, Santorum’s credibility on social conservatism will help assuage lingering doubts among that faction within the GOP about their nominee.

Santorum wants a career renaissance, and in order to succeed, he needs to show that he can be a team player.  If Santorum can deliver Pennsylvania for Romney — a tough but not impossible task — he could gain back the rest of the electoral credibility he lost in 2006 after coming back nearly all the way in the 2012 primaries.  A win in Pennsylvania would all but guarantee Romney the White House, but even a close loss would prove valuable in forcing Obama to spend suddenly-limited resources on defense in what had been a reliable Democratic state until 2010.  Either way, Santorum’s star would rise.

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Santorum for Attorney General?

billy on July 13, 2012 at 4:45 PM

Plus, Santorum’s credibility on social conservatism will help assuage lingering doubts among that faction within the GOP about their nominee.

Any social conservative cred Romney gets from Santorum goes completely out the window if Romney goes with Rice for VP.

Stoic Patriot on July 13, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Nice!

Rational Thought on July 13, 2012 at 4:47 PM

I don’t get how Santorum is supposed to deliver a state he lost by 18 points, but sure, whatever.

Caiwyn on July 13, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Ugh. I’m not sure this will be helpful to Romney.

Rick Santorum is universally loathed in Pennsylvania by the Republicans there.

But true, if he wants to rise from the ashes, he’d better get out there and stump for Romney.

I think Santorum believes Romney can win, so now he’s willing to jump on board the train. He waited until he saw it might benefit him before he was willing to join in. That’s Santo for ya.

As for Santorum’s “credibility,” nada.

mountainaires on July 13, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Silent Rick finally is going to stump for Mitt. Wonder how much that cost the Romney campaign? Rick isn’t exactly a Mitt cheerleader. Well, he’ll do it for the party (or for good job in the administration).

Philly on July 13, 2012 at 4:48 PM

I think Santorum could find a good home in Romney’s cabinet, but State might be a better place. He’s got a lot of national security cred through his time in the Senate.

vegconservative on July 13, 2012 at 4:48 PM

I’m from PA and I am also not sure it will help Mitt here. I like Rick, but he is polarizing.

Philly on July 13, 2012 at 4:49 PM

I don’t see any way that Santorum helps Romney in a general election, even in Pennsylvania. Santorum dropped out because he couldn’t he wasn’t even going to win the GOP primary in his home state.

Mark1971 on July 13, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Good. We need to pull together. Far too much is at stake.

paul1149 on July 13, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Santorum is just another Conservative pandering to other Conservatives. You know–crony Conservatism.

Liberal Democrats, on the other hand, are free thinkers.

/snark

Liam on July 13, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Is this helpful? I didn’t think Santorum was that well liked?

sandee on July 13, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Perry is going to Nevada for Mitt this weekend too I think.

gophergirl on July 13, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Ugh. I’m not sure this will be helpful to Romney.
mountainaires on July 13, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Unity helps Romney & a focus on sending Obama back to Chicago

workingclass artist on July 13, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Guy needs to fade away faster.

Swerve22 on July 13, 2012 at 4:52 PM

Sometimes Ed writes posts that make me wonder what kind of medication he’s taking. This is one of them.

Mark1971 on July 13, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Perry is going to Nevada for Mitt this weekend too I think.

gophergirl on July 13, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Now that’s good news…

sandee on July 13, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Perry is going to Nevada for Mitt this weekend too I think.

gophergirl on July 13, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Good.
The message should be a united front to beat Obama and the Democrats in order to restore the economy.

Restore Stability

workingclass artist on July 13, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Whoever presumes that Rick “Union Stooge” Santorum holds any sway with Rust Belt folks need to have their heads examined for lead contaminant, in liquid or solid form. I dearly hope that Romney didn’t pay or promise him too much, and that Hell has a nice, well heated place for both Santorum and Huckabee.

Archivarix on July 13, 2012 at 4:57 PM

in other words, Santorum is still struggling to pay down his campaign debt. i welcome the help, but come on, call it for what it is.. Santy is out for numero uno at all times.

gatorboy on July 13, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Is this helpful? I didn’t think Santorum was that well liked?

sandee on July 13, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Santorum has a following that can’t be denied or dismissed (size not an issue here). He was roundly and decisively defeated for the candidacy, that is true.

Unlike Obama, Santorum put aside his personal aspirations and didn’t behave like the Crybaby-in-Chief. He’s going as he needs and properly should in this instance.

For an idea, as I believe, this is the measure of the man.

Liam on July 13, 2012 at 4:59 PM

As with McCain, I think Romney’s campaign would be better served if Santorum kept his mouth shut and disappeared.

Django on July 13, 2012 at 4:59 PM

A win in Pennsylvania would all but guarantee Romney the White House, but even a close loss would prove valuable in forcing Obama to spend suddenly-limited resources on defense in what had been a reliable Democratic state until 2010.

I’ve been waiting for this.

Good on Rick.

Cody1991 on July 13, 2012 at 5:02 PM

Video: Condi “would be a wonderful vice president,” says Palin

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2012/07/13/palin_condi_rice_would_be_a_wonderful_vice_president.html

(Headlines)

Axe on July 13, 2012 at 5:02 PM

Perry is going to Nevada for Mitt this weekend too I think.

gophergirl on July 13, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Now that’s good news…

sandee on July 13, 2012 at 4:54 PM

..and Drudge has up that Romney’s gonna make all the press shows this Sunday? with The Pantload sprawling in the dust and traipsing around in that stupid asssed Canadian made bus, looks like the start of Mitt’s Summer Campaign.

Kick asss and chew bubblegum; hope he’s all out of bubblegum.

The War Planner on July 13, 2012 at 5:02 PM

rick would make a fine us amb to the vatican – a job i think he would ant more than any other.

reliapundit on July 13, 2012 at 5:02 PM

Is this helpful? I didn’t think Santorum was that well liked?

sandee on July 13, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Sometimes Ed writes posts that make me wonder what kind of medication he’s taking. This is one of them.

Mark1971 on July 13, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Come on, guys. If Santorum was really that toxic, he wouldn’t be doing this. The Romney campaign and the Republican Party would have dissuaded him. As Ed noted,

Santorum wants a career renaissance

so he wouldn’t be doing this if he was really toxic, as that would just anger the Republican Party he wants to get back in good with.

He was never “toxic,” it was just a talking point from the Romney side of things in the primary campaign.

Doomberg on July 13, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Santorum worked on the 1990′s Welfare Reform bill that TeamObama gutted & he’s Catholic.

Split that catholic voting block

That is where he can be useful.

It’s a shrewd move on Romney’s part…good timing

workingclass artist on July 13, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Perry is going to Nevada for Mitt this weekend too I think.

gophergirl on July 13, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Now that’s good news…

sandee on July 13, 2012 at 4:54 PM

..and Drudge has up that Romney’s gonna make all the press shows this Sunday? with The Pantload sprawling in the dust and traipsing around in that stupid asssed Canadian made bus, looks like the start of Mitt’s Summer Campaign.

Kick asss and chew bubblegum; hope he’s all out of bubblegum.

The War Planner on July 13, 2012 at 5:02 PM

Yep!

Rock & Roll

workingclass artist on July 13, 2012 at 5:07 PM

Dude

BobMbx on July 13, 2012 at 5:10 PM

BobMbx on July 13, 2012 at 5:10 PM

*snicker*

workingclass artist on July 13, 2012 at 5:11 PM

Any social conservative cred Romney gets from Santorum goes completely out the window if Romney goes with Rice for VP.

Stoic Patriot on July 13, 2012 at 4:47 PM

If she’s conservative enough for Sarah Palin she’ll be conservative enough for most so-cons.

Rational Thought on July 13, 2012 at 5:12 PM

Santorum for HHS secretary.

ex Dem from Miami on July 13, 2012 at 5:13 PM

It’s all good.

Pork-Chop on July 13, 2012 at 5:13 PM

Video: Condi “would be a wonderful vice president,” says Palin

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2012/07/13/palin_condi_rice_would_be_a_wonderful_vice_president.html

(Headlines)

Axe on July 13, 2012 at 5:02 PM

If you actually watch the interview, Palin stated she would prefer a pro-life candidate.

idesign on July 13, 2012 at 5:14 PM

Ten Thousand $’s say’s Rick makes a major gaffe within 10 days.

aquaviva on July 13, 2012 at 5:14 PM

I don’t know if it will affect the Catholic vote – Obama already destroyed that with the fabricated “War on Women” forced birth control debacle.

Philly on July 13, 2012 at 5:16 PM

It is fine for all those who do not want to see Barry continuing to destroy America to stand together to accomplish the task of throwing him out by his ears in November.

bayview on July 13, 2012 at 5:16 PM

If Rick makes a gaffe, he’ll be reassigned to his living room to record robocalls or something. That’s all Mitt needs.

Philly on July 13, 2012 at 5:16 PM

So Santorum works the rust belt…Pawlenty the upper mid-west,Newt the deep south & Perry the southwest toward California

Works for me

workingclass artist on July 13, 2012 at 5:18 PM

Interesting:

Over 30% of President Obama’s 2009-2011 Gross Income Came From Foreign Sources
http://www.volokh.com/2012/07/13/over-30-of-president-obamas-2009-2011-gross-income-came-from-foreign-sources/?ModPagespeed=off

Yet in the three tax years in which Barack Obama has been President (2009, 2010, and 2011), fully 30.1% of the Obamas’ gross income has come from foreign sources: ($2,711,340 out of a 3-year total gross income of $8,993,449). In 2009, 26.5% of the Obamas’ gross income came from foreign sources. In 2010 it was a whopping 41.4%, and in 2010 it was 30.2%.

Chip on July 13, 2012 at 5:19 PM

This won’t do Romney much good if he chooses the disaster named Condi Rice as his VP.

Rice is an apologist for Islam. She was a totally inept nitwit as Secretary of State. Cheney and Rumsfeld agree on this point and have written extensively about this leftist moron.. She supports institutionalized racial discrimination against white working and middle class people. She equates opposing the Palestinian threat to white racism. She would be worse than John Roberts if old Mittens keels over. She is pro abortion. She supports the destruction of marriage and is radically pro homosexual. We will lose probably 5+ percentage points of the white vote which is equal to 35+ percentage points of the black vote which won’t vote for us anyway if she is nominated.

RasThavas on July 13, 2012 at 5:19 PM

Are there more “bitter clingers” in in PA than Obots? Maybe. Maybe not.

Santorum needs to remind PA residents of BO’s disdainful dismissal of PA residents during his 2008 campaign. Of course, we know that that term extends to a much wider segment of the population, but BO raised money in San Fran by disparaging the working class of Pennsylvania.

Santorum’s message can go beyond PA. He can reach energy producing states nearby. WV doesn’t look like it’s in the bag for BO.

Get it on, Rick.

Cody1991 on July 13, 2012 at 5:19 PM

S.C Justice, if nothing else, to watch the simultaneous eruption of the liberal cranium…

hillsoftx on July 13, 2012 at 5:21 PM

Taking another “one for the team“, eh Ricky?

Cavalry on July 13, 2012 at 5:21 PM

Doesn’t all this conjecture about Mitt’s VP tell you that the MSLM is very worried here?

Condi doesn’t want the slot, so we’ll see. But, if she accepts, the MSLM will call her a ‘token’–denigrating and devaluing her while trying to claim Mitt is their ‘real’ target.

Can’t stray too far from that Dem plantation, can we? /snark

Really–the MSLM has already started seeking ‘dirt’ on any possible Mitt/Whoever ticket. It’s as if they’re trying to narrow his options to what THEY (the MSLM) would like (to be used to defeat Mitt).

If Mitt somehow got Jesus Christ for a running mate, liberals would demand, “Why did You save only 5000 when it could/should have been 50,000?”

Liam on July 13, 2012 at 5:23 PM

I don’t know if it will affect the Catholic vote – Obama already destroyed that with the fabricated “War on Women” forced birth control debacle.

Philly on July 13, 2012 at 5:16 PM

Complete what the Catholic Bishops started.

Santorum can do this effectively by starting with Obama gutting Clinton era welfare reform and complete it with the Obamacare mess.

All he has to do is stay focused on the Team GOP message.

workingclass artist on July 13, 2012 at 5:24 PM

Chip on July 13, 2012 at 5:19 PM

IF this is true, Mitt/team better get to work on ads about this? Just getting this out would really make bho/team go ballistic? NOW bho/team you deal with this? You nasty critters are doing you best to crater Mitt, but this would really be big news about bho?
L

letget on July 13, 2012 at 5:26 PM

This won’t do Romney much good if he chooses the disaster named Condi Rice as his VP.
RasThavas on July 13, 2012 at 5:19 PM

She could neutralize the opposition.

She’s a woman
She’s black
Shes got major foreign policy cred
She’s got academic cred

She’s been vetted…

She’d be Historic

The opposition would crap all over themselves

workingclass artist on July 13, 2012 at 5:32 PM

…Hope he Helps!…

KOOLAID2 on July 13, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Cody1991 on July 13, 2012 at 5:19 PM

Obama polls really badly with workingclass males

workingclass artist on July 13, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Release the Ricks !!!!!

pambi on July 13, 2012 at 5:41 PM

She’s a woman

So was Palin.

She’s black

So was Thomas Sowell and Allen West

Shes got major foreign policy cred

So did…Condoleezza Rice. Didn’t help the last time.

The opposition would crap all over themselves

workingclass artist on July 13, 2012 at 5:32 PM

They would be dancing with joy at being able to reuse all the left over Bush garbage.

sharrukin on July 13, 2012 at 5:42 PM

She’s a woman

So was Palin.

She’s black

So was Thomas Sowell and Allen West

Shes got major foreign policy cred

So did…Condoleezza Rice. Didn’t help the last time.

The opposition would crap all over themselves

workingclass artist on July 13, 2012 at 5:32 PM

They would be dancing with joy at being able to reuse all the left over Bush garbage.

sharrukin on July 13, 2012 at 5:42 PM

It’s already started with facebook memes calling her a war criminal…so?

I think Condi Rice can easily withstand the lame attempts to palinize her…yep

workingclass artist on July 13, 2012 at 5:48 PM

The Bush garbage is already old…

workingclass artist on July 13, 2012 at 5:50 PM

I know some people will get mad at this but, I still believe that Romney would be best served by having Santorum as his VP pick.

Romney still needs someone who can promote conservative ideals without having to get a writer to feed him lines. Santorum has shown he has no problem smacking down the ObamaTax team and IMO would be an excellent “Attack/Point man”, in order to further enlighten the Indi’s of the difference between the assured failure of the ObamaTax team and the 180 degree change, necessary for an actual economic recovery. He can, when allowed to fight, circumvent the propaganda machine formerly known as the mainstream media and get the conservative message out to those the left doesn’t want listening to Romney.

God Bless America!

paratisi on July 13, 2012 at 5:56 PM

Good for Santorum!!..We need the unity!..:)

Dire Straits on July 13, 2012 at 5:56 PM

paratisi on July 13, 2012 at 5:56 PM

doubt that will happen

workingclass artist on July 13, 2012 at 6:00 PM

Shes got major foreign policy cred

workingclass artist on July 13, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Yup, with the Palestinians, and “Arab Spring”, and their supporters.
.

RasThavas on July 13, 2012 at 6:03 PM

Maybe Santorum can have Bolton’s old UN job…That would be kinda funny

workingclass artist on July 13, 2012 at 6:04 PM

Condi Rice: “I believe that there could be no greater legacy for America than to help to bring into being a Palestinian (terror) state for a people who have suffered too long, who have been humiliated (by the nasty Jews and for no reason at all) too long, who have not reached their potential for too long, and who have so much to give to the international community and to all of us (Give what? More suicide bomber kids? The extermination of Israel?).”

And no greater legacy for America? This woman, who pressured Israel into holding elections in Gaza that gave Hamas power, is either very stupid or a very dangerous psycho.

Condi Rice”: “I know what it is like to hear to that you cannot go on a road or through a checkpoint because you are Palestinian. I understand the feeling of humiliation and powerlessness.”
She acts like she doesn’t even know why the checkpoints are there … … or doesn’t care. This woman is a disaster.

The LA Times reports: “Afghanistan’s Karzai urges Taliban leader Omar to run for president.”
Why are we still there again, with our troops still dieing, Condi? Oh that’s right – we don’t want to be racists or religionists and think poorly of Afghans or other Muslims.

VorDaj on July 13, 2012 at 6:05 PM

Yup, with the Palestinians, and “Arab Spring”, and their supporters.
.

RasThavas on July 13, 2012 at 6:03 PM

It could diffuse the opposition & she’d wipe the floor with Biden

workingclass artist on July 13, 2012 at 6:06 PM

Condi Rice: “We should note that unlike in our Constitutional Convention, the Iraqis have not made a compromise as bad as the one that made my ancestors three-fifths of a man”

She is either too incredibly ignorant to know that the pro-slavery states wanted to count slaves fully (to raise their number of seats in the house), which would have likely prolonged slavery, and the anti-slavery states wanted slaves to count zero, to help oppose slavery, or she lies through her teeth to make some kind of false and malicious case.

Condi Rice: “Only cynics [meaning like the white racists in Birmingham] argue that the people of the Middle East, perhaps because of their color or their creed or their culture or even perhaps because of their religion, are somehow incapable of democracy.”

Thousands of American Soldiers and Marines have died in Iraq (with 2/3 of the Christians there being ethically cleansed under Iraq’s democracy) and Afghanistan for this twisted fool’s idiocy. I’m sure she was a big cheerleader of the “Arab Spring” too, but I hope she doesn’t expect the Copts to send her a nice thank-you card, any more than the Iraqi Christians.

This woman is a freaking disaster! She sees everything through the prism of race. Even more than Obama does.

VorDaj on July 13, 2012 at 6:07 PM

It could diffuse the opposition & she’d wipe the floor with Biden

workingclass artist on July 13, 2012 at 6:06 PM

By eliminating Israel for starts as muslims are never satisfied.

VorDaj on July 13, 2012 at 6:09 PM

VorDaj on July 13, 2012 at 6:07 PM

Well in any event…the possibility is freakin’ the opposition out already especially with Palin’s seal of approval.

workingclass artist on July 13, 2012 at 6:10 PM

Please Lord, don’t let Romney make the mistake of selecting Rice. We will NEVER get out from under the Bush Years. When I read that headline in Drudge I thought Romney had really murdered his chances now. What is going on? I see you one black man and I’ll raise ya a black woman? Is this racial politics? Diversity crap? This country is going down the tubes and Romney would select a RINO internationalist? For all the accolades about her intelligence, her background blah blah, she is NOT the person for the job. It will be the Bush Administration all over again. And the left will be salivating. She is NOT a conservative. She is more a “neo-con”. And we don’t need effin’ WINDOW DRESSING for the position. We need a bona fide right winger who doesn’t drag the ghosts of another unpopular administration into the equation. Condi Rice????? Give us a break.

InkyBinkyBarleyBoo on July 13, 2012 at 6:15 PM

Well in any event…the possibility is freakin’ the opposition out already especially with Palin’s seal of approval.

workingclass artist on July 13, 2012 at 6:10 PM

Rather “ironic” as Rice would not support Palin.

InkyBinkyBarleyBoo on July 13, 2012 at 6:16 PM

Rumsfeld and Chaney both thought Rice was a light weight and an idiot.

InkyBinkyBarleyBoo on July 13, 2012 at 6:18 PM

Is Condi Rice as VP John McCain’s idea? SOMEONE in the GOP must really want Romney to lose in November.

VorDaj on July 13, 2012 at 6:27 PM

Well in any event…the possibility is freakin’ the opposition out already especially with Palin’s seal of approval.

workingclass artist on July 13, 2012 at 6:10 PM

Rather “ironic” as Rice would not support Palin.

InkyBinkyBarleyBoo on July 13, 2012 at 6:16 PM

Well…it’s been a good psyche anyway

workingclass artist on July 13, 2012 at 6:30 PM

After Sanitorium and Bachmann tag teamed Perry with bullshiite, to help Romney, wonder what took so long.

Kermit on July 13, 2012 at 8:00 PM

from PA, and Santorum is probably not a plus locally . . . maybe Romney could recruit Rendell

phillypolitics on July 13, 2012 at 9:05 PM

A perfect storm brewing for Romney? I’m beginning to hear rain drops.

jan3 on July 13, 2012 at 9:14 PM

Condoleeza is not going to be the VP nominee. She really doesn’t want it, and she has no experience campaigning.

I’d like to see Allen West as Mitt’s running mate, but he’s probably too prone to say what he thinks, without worrying about whom he might offend, for a national ticket.

However, Rick Santorum might make a really good running mate. Like him or not, he’s a relentless campaigner, and has plenty of conservative credentials.

MrLynn on July 13, 2012 at 10:12 PM

You Santorum haters are ridiculous. The previous condemnation from quite a few of you was that he wouldn’t be a team player after the primary was over. Guess that’s not good enough for you either. The bottom line is the harsh comments here on this thread towards this man is some of the best evidence I could cite that the GOP will ruin itserlf. You already have quite a crowd of Conservatives starting to coalesce behind Romney. We are putting our money, efforts and hopes in Romney and yet the progressive elements of the GOP still spit in our face.

hawkdriver on July 14, 2012 at 8:58 AM