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Rick Santorum Receives Iowa Endorsement from Schultz

Former Pennsylvania Senator and 2012 Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum has received a timely and much-needed endorsement Friday. Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz endorsed Santorum for the GOP nomination.
With the Iowa Caucuses only a few weeks away, the 2012 Republican presidential candidates are busy scrambling to gain momentum ahead of Jan. 3. Last time around, the GOP saw former Governor Mike Huckabee pull out a surprise win. Who will Iowans support this time?
On Friday, Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz endorsed former Republican Senator and 2012 presidential contender Rick Santorum. This is the first endorsement of the campaign by an official state-wide elected representative. Schultz endorsed former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney in 2008.
rick_santorum“I am honored to receive Secretary of State Schultz’s endorsement today. Matt is a rising conservative star, not just in Iowa but for the entire nation,” said Santorum in a news release. “Matt built his own campaign for Secretary of State through grassroots campaigning and exciting activists – not through TV ads and occasional rallies in Des Moines. Matt went door-to-door, coffee shop to coffee shop and won over the people of Iowa. I learned from Matt Schultz how Iowa campaigns are run, and I am thrilled to have his vote of confidence today. I am excited to work with Matt over the next month as we execute our plan to win the Iowa caucuses.”
Schultz made headlines earlier when he criticized former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman’s decision to skip the Iowa Caucuses. However, Huntsman will not skip the important Iowa debates.
This much-needed endorsement comes as the latest Fox News poll suggests that Santorum still sits way down in the national polls.
The survey shows that former House Speaker Newt Gingrich sits in first with 36 percent, while Romney is in second place with 23 percent. Texas Congressman Ron Paul is in third with 12 percent support followed by Texas Governor Rick Perry (eight percent) and Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (five percent).
Santorum has four percent support, which is slightly ahead of Huntsman, who has two percent.

Source: Digital Journal

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