Santorum’s late-night Romney endorsement

After presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum met in Pittsburgh on Friday for an hour long one-on-one meeting, many Republicans expected an endorsement to come right away.

But the endorsement didn’t happen until at approximately 11 pm and came via an email from Santorum to his supporters and a post on his campaign website.

Although Santorum and Romney had a vicious primary against each other, according to Santorum’s post on his campaign website, it seems as if they have talked things out.

In the posts Santorum said that after meeting with Romney he “was impressed with the Governor’s deep understanding of this connection and his commitment to economic policies that preserve and strengthen families.”

Santorum pointed out that although he and Romney had some differences that they agree in many areas, including “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.”

In the post on his website he also made sure to highlight the counties and states he had won during the primaries.

Santorum clarified in the e-mail that an endorsement wasn’t mentioned in their meeting, but he was choosing to endorse Romney after counsel from his supporters.

Exactly twelve hours later Romney sent out an official press release on the endorsement saying:

“Senator Santorum ran a spirited race and his commitment to conservatism energized millions of Republicans around the country.  The race for the Republican presidential nomination has always been about restoring the promise of America. Senator Santorum and I share an absolute commitment to that goal, just as we share an absolute commitment to reversing the failing policies of the Obama Administration, from its assault on freedom of conscience to its feckless foreign policy.  Ann and I extend our sincere gratitude to Karen and Rick for his endorsement, and our continued prayers for the health of their daughter Bella.”

Although just a month ago it seemed that Santorum and Romney would never see eye-to-eye, it looks like the two plan to work together for the Republican Party to prevail in November. How much buddy-buddy the two will get remains to be seen, as neither Santorum’s email nor website post indicated plans to campaign with Romney any time soon.