Santorum Sneaks in a Late-Night Endorsement of Romney

Why is the former GOP front-runner keeping his Romney support on the down-low?

Former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum has been keeping a low profile since he dropped out of the presidential race -- or should we say "aborted" his run -- a couple of weeks ago. As always happens when a candidate backs out of a national political race, speculation begins about who will receive their endorsement? Santorum answered that question late Monday night when he pronounced he would support Mitt Romney.

But the real story is how he made the announcement.

With Romney being the last man standing (almost) for the GOP, it's not a surprise that his former challengers are announcing their support for his run as we head into the heated general election campaign. Many of those backing Romney have been tepid in their support, but Santorum's backing takes the cake when it comes to faint praise.

No televised speech. No public appearance with the Mitt-ster. Santorum is clearly hoping no one will notice that his announced support of Romney as the Republican presidential candidate came in a late night e-mail sent only to his supporters.

The message sent at around 11 p.m. on Monday night was a call to beat President Obama, with his Romney endorsement buried in the 13th paragraph of a 16 paragraph letter!

Why the stealth, under-the-cover-of-darkness statement? Because Santorum knows that if Romney loses in November, he won't be seen as a potential 2016 candidate unless he was a member of team Romney. No one will remember how he did it or that he tried to keep it under the radar, sending it at a time of day when all those spam messages fill up in-boxes and get deleted first thing in the morning without much attention.

Now it's up to Romney to shout about Santorum's whispered support from the virtual rooftops if he wants to win his party's super-conservatives, the ones who gave Santorum so many primary wins.

You can read more from iVillage iVote Editor and Correspondent Joanne Bamberger at her blog, PunditMom. Joanne is also the author of the Amazon bestseller Mothers of Intention: How Women and Social Media are Revolutionizing Politics in America. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook!

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