Why Hasn't Rick Santorum Endorsed Mitt Romney Yet?

Rick Santorum dropped out of the presidential race eight days ago, but he has yet to endorse the presumptive Republican nominee, Mitt Romney. What’s more, a Santorum fundraising letter arrived in Iowa voters’ mailboxes on Monday that was highly critical of Mr. Romney.

And in a conference call with more than 4,000 supporters Monday night, Mr. Santorum was asked by the host – reportedly in jest – if he would “unsuspend” his campaign if enough people voted for him in next Tuesday’s primary in Pennsylvania, his home state.

“I would just say this,” Santorum replied, according to The National Journal. “The best thing that they can do is stay tuned, and we really are serious about making sure that the issues that we brought up during this campaign are continued going forward.”

One GOP strategist not involved with either campaign believes Santorum has earned the right to drag out his endorsement – and is very likely looking for both a role at the Republican convention and help retiring his campaign debt.

“I wouldn't say the grace period is over," says the strategist, Ford O’Connell, who thinks Santorum has till June to endorse. “They’re smartly working the Romney camp.”

Read more from Linda Feldmann at The Christian Science Monitor

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published this page in In The News 2012-04-18 20:00:00 -0400
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