Santorum To Stump For Old Foe Today

Posted: November 5, 2012

HARRISONBURG — Rick Santorum, the former U.S. senator and one-time Mitt Romney foe, is stopping in the Valley today along with other GOP heavyweights as part of a tour through swing states to rally supporters for Romney in the critical hours leading up to Tuesday’s election.

Santorum, whose campaign for the Republican nomination had an unexpected surge in February that propelled him to the top tier of GOP candidates, is scheduled to stop this afternoon at the Harrisonburg GOP headquarters at 182 Neff Ave.

Santorum will be joined by Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback and Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli.

A meet and greet with volunteers and supporters will get under way at 4 p.m., according to an announcement from the Republican Party of Virginia.

Born in Winchester, Santorum represented Pennsylvania in the Senate from 1994 to 2006, when he lost his bid for a third term.

In his presidential campaign, he ran on socially conservative platforms and once called Romney the “worst Republican in the country” to run against President Barack Obama in Tuesday’s election. Santorum became a threat to Romney’s bid for the GOP nomination after unexpectedly winning the Iowa caucus in February. He was one of the last candidates to drop out of the race and clear the way for Romney, the ultimate nominee.

Santorum, in his endorsement of Romney in May, acknowledged that he has differences with the former Massachusetts governor but said they agree on many issues, including taxes and the size and role of the federal government.

Today’s stop in Harrisonburg is part of a sweep of swing states ahead of Tuesday’s election that includes rallies in Ohio and Iowa, in addition to Virginia.

Contact Jeremy Hunt at 574-6273 or jhunt@dnronline.com