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Santorum: “No Doubt” Romney Understands Family Values Issues

by Steven Ertelt | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com | 6/16/12 3:29 PM

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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and former candidate Rick Santorum both spoke before the Faith and Freedom Conference in Washington today.

While Romney pressed pro-life and pro-family themes in his speech, Santorum assured the audience of conservative Christian voters that Romney completely understands and appreciates the pro-family message.

“I’m appreciative for the anchors I’ve had in my life … the idea that a family comes together and shares a common purpose,” Romney said.

As CBS News notes:

“Families are an important source of strength for the nation,” Romney said. He gave Santorum credit for “reminding us” that getting married, graduating from high school, and having a job have been proven to substantially cut poverty rates. The idea was central to the former Pennsylvania senator’s stump speech.

Speaking shortly after Romney, Santorum (who received a standing ovation) credited Romney for being “right on” in his message, according to CNN.

“He hit the points,” Santorum said. “I’ve talked to Gov. Romney, and I have no doubt – and I mean this in all sincerity – I have no doubt he understands the centrality of family. He understands the importance of family for our culture, for our economy, and for our future.”

“The concern I had – I did, I was very frank about it – was that Governor Romney would track to the middle as so many Republican candidates have done, but I’m not seeing that,” Santorum said. “I’m seeing him stand by those convictions that he articulated in the primaries and I’m hopeful.”

“We’re going to help Governor Romney. Governor Romney’s speech was right on,” Santorum said after Romney’s remarks. “And not just because he quoted me.”

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Santorum told conference attendees that he would be “working with” Romney to help the presumptive GOP nominee in his general election fight against President Obama.

In his address, Santorum urged social conservatives to remain engaged in the political process. “I know many of you social conservatives feel like the Republican Party has put you in the back of the bus, and the Democratic Party won’t even let you get near the bus,” he said.