Santorum Nabs Headliner Spot at RNC

Santorum speaking at a Tom Smith office opening in Westmoreland County.

Ever since he dropped out of the race in April, former Sen. Rick Santorum has slowly turned up the enthusiasm dial and it has paid off. His support of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has earned him a headliner spot at this year’s Republican National Convention in Florida.

After a tepid endorsement of Romney in May – made in a late-night email to supporters nearly a month after he withdrew from the race – the former Senator seemed to finally come around by summer.

He built momentum and kept his name in the news by creating a PAC called “Patriot Voices,” a group dedicated to promoting conservative causes like traditional marriage and pro-life initiatives – as well as the defeat of President Obama.

Eventually, he became more vocal in his support of Romney.

He made his second public appearance on behalf of the Romney campaign (and his first in Pennsylvania) in July at the opening of a Westmoreland County office for Senate candidate Tom Smith.

“We must rally behind and do everything we possibly can to support Governor Mitt Romney so he’s the next president of the United States,” Santorum said to the Westmoreland crowd. “…if Pennsylvania goes Republican, Mitt Romney will be the next president of the United States. It can happen.

In an RNC email, Santorum said he is passionate about this election and said the Republican National Convention is an opportunity for the GOP to rally around their candidate.

He also mentioned the President’s desire to dismantle welfare reform, which was central to his speech in Westmoreland County last month, and today became a key GOP talking point with the release of a new ad called “Right Choice.”

“Republicans believe that removing the incentive to work will destroy welfare reform as we know it, costing taxpayers millions and leading the poor to a life of dependency. The contrast between President Obama and Mitt Romney could not be greater. Conservatives from across the country are rallying together and we will make our voices heard in a few weeks in Tampa,” said Santorum in the email.

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus also announced other featured speakers Gov. Jeb Bush (R-FL), Gov. Mary Fallin (R-OK) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY).

“As our party unites around Governor Romney, these four great leaders will lend their voices in support of his vision to get America back on track,” Priebus said.

The convention will be held in Tampa Bay, Fla. from August 27-30. The GOP expects nearly 50,000 to be in attendance.

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  1. Rick owns this spot: he’s way more about building the Republican Party than responding to the Will of the People.

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