Alabama Gov. Votes for Santorum, But Stays Clear of Endorsing

Mar 13, 2012 2:24pm

This has to sting. The Rick Santorum campaign touted the news this morning that the Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley had voted for the former Pennsylvania senator in the state’s primary.

But, not so fast. The governor’s office has now put out a statement saying while he did cast his vote for and he believes he is “the most conservative candidate” in the primary, he does not endorse him.

“Governor Bentley has chosen not to publicly endorse a candidate,” the statement from Deputy Press Secretary Leah Garner. “He believes a vote is a personal decision that should be based on a voter’s values and principles, not on someone else’s opinion. The Governor was asked as a voter who he would vote for, and he answered that he had personally chosen to vote for Rick Santorum. The Republican primary features a strong pool of candidates, and Governor Bentley has made it clear he will fully support the Republican nominee chosen by the people.”

This morning, Santorum’s Twitter account touted the news and the campaign quickly put out a statement with a photograph of Santorum and his wife, Karen with the governor announcing the news.

On the “Rick and Bubba Show,” a syndicated radio show, Santorum endorser Rep. Robert Aderholt announced Gov. Bentley’s intentions.

“He and his wife will be voting for Rick Santorum for President. I was very excited to hear our Governor felt his values were in line with Rick Santorum,” Aderholt told the radio show and the campaign then put in a statement. “He has told people that he is voting for Senator Santorum and he holds the values and principles he believes in.”

In the statement, Santorum said he was “honored” to have the governor’s “support.”

Mississippi also holds its primary today. Santorum along with Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney are locked into a three way tie according to recent polls.

Mississippi Congressman Alan Nunnelee endorsed Santorum Tuesday and said in a statement he plans to vote for him.

Santorum will have his primary night party not in either voting state, but in Louisiana, which votes on March 24th. His superPAC announced Tuesday they were pouring 260,000 dollars into an ad buy in the state.  The television ad will focus on energy.

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