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April 24th, 2012
10:40 PM ET

Rick Santorum: "Mitt Romney's going to be the nominee and I'm going to support the nominee whoever the nominee is"

This evening, "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomed back Rick and Karen Santorum for their first sit down interview since the former senator suspended his campaign for the presidency. Joining Piers Morgan for a live face to face exclusive, the Santorums detailed everything from family and social issues, to politics and life on the campaign trail.

As Mitt Rommey inches closer to securing the GOP nomination, Morgan encouraged the Republican from Pennsylvania to make his intentions clear:

"Everyone assumes you've endorsed Mitt Romney tonight. Senator, just spit it out."

Santorum chose his words carefully:

"All I said was the obvious, which is Mitt Romney's going to be the nominee and I'm going to support the nominee whoever the nominee is. Period."

Sitting directly across from the man who once won three contests in a single night, the host encouraged his guest to remove his politician's hat.

"I'm a straight talker. I'll do everything I can to help him win," came Santorum's response.

"Including endorsing him?" followed Morgan.

"Absolutely," allowed the Senator.

And with that, the host was happy:

"That's all I wanted you to say. Thank you very much."

Watch the clip, and listen to the interview, as Morgan and Santorum discuss political life with Mitt Romney as the Republican nominee.
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  1. rockyroad

    santorum is nothing but a petulant child. He never had a chance to get the nomination and would never be president. This isn't Iran and we don't need an evangelical taliban candidate like Santorum. He is shameless and a fringe candidate. The GOP doesnt need or want him.

    April 24, 2012 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Mariee

    It is a relief these idiots are out, I cannot imagine them in the White House running our country. They need to give people that run for president an IQ test before they can run. They used their daughter for sympathy like Sarah Palin and her little son, and it doesn't work.

    April 25, 2012 at 12:46 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Venom

      Yes, I'm sure he is ecstatic that his daughter was born with a life threatening genetic disorder...

      April 26, 2012 at 12:26 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. chris merrifield

    I HAVE A VERRY IMPORTANT QUESTION FOR RICK SANTORUM IS IT POSSIBLE THAT MITT ROMNEY COULD CHOOSE YOU AS HIS VICE PRESIDENT PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF THIS COULD HAPPEN I THINK IT WOULD BE WOUNDERFULL IF IT DID THANK YOU

    April 25, 2012 at 12:53 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Kateslate

      I think it would be wonderful too. It would ensure an Obama win.

      April 25, 2012 at 1:00 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Kateslate

    I am dismayed that you let go by the comment about Bella when Karen expressed concern about Obamacare as it relates to Bella's condition. I have a daughter who is now 25. She has neurofibromatosis. She was going to be kicked off our insurance when she turned 24. Obama allowed her to stay on another few years. If insurance companies are allowed to not provide health care coverage for people with pre-existing conditions, then what do we do? The Santorums should thank President Obama for helping people with pre-exisiting conditions get health coverage, otherwise they might have to spend their fortune on Bella's medical bills from now until her expected outcome.

    I am saddened that you did not challenge them on this point. But I also understand that you must be a friendly forum for all stripes. I kind of understand that. But Karen Santorum being allowed to get away with that comment really galls me.

    April 25, 2012 at 12:58 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. dorian777

    Piers Morgan you are an astronomically phenomenal interviewer!!! It may be because I am a fellow Brit....you also sound just like my Rugby coach at the Prince of Wales Anglican Boys Boarding School in Nairobi, Kenya!!! However, given the outstanding job you do (and as the only Anglican Archbishop in the world that does a Tribute to Elvis Presley) I couldn't help but think that it may be time to have "Elvis Priestley" (my other alias) on your show because this August 16th., is the 35th. Anniversary of Elvis' tragic death and only last week you actually mentioned Elvis on you show!!! More information can be found by typing "Dorian Baxter" into Google or into "You-Tube" and/or "Dorian Arthur Baxter" on Facebook!!!

    I can be reached at (289) 221-2687 and hope I might have the honour and privilege of perhaps hearing from one of your producers!!!

    Sincerely in Christ's Service,

    Archbishop Dorian A. Baxter B.A., O.T.C., M.Div. http://www.christthekinggraceland.ca
    President, federal PC Party of Canada http://www.dorianbaxter.ca http://www.progressivecanadian.ca

    April 25, 2012 at 4:20 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Kirby

    I liked Rick Santorum. What matters is Abortion and he tried to stop it.

    April 25, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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    April 25, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. dorian777

    Another great evening of interviews Piers!!! I was particularly impressed with the Marilu Henner interview!!! However, am sure that everyone in their sisties (including myself) knows exactly what they were doing on August 16th., 1977 when Elvis died!!! Similar to JFK....am sure these dates are to our generation what "Nine Eleven" is to yours!!!

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    April 27, 2012 at 1:00 am | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Puteri

    First off, Perry is reversing his erstlhiwe passionate stance on letting states decide these issues, which reveals (if anyone doubted it) that he is nothing more than a calculating politician and cannot be trusted to stick even to his stated principles. Secondly, Perry, Bachmann, et al represent a political bloc that has forever assailed liberals for attempting to influence the ideological makeup of the Supreme Court, while conservatives in fact do this quite aggressively, as is shown by Perry's flip flop. No matter, his calculation will most likely prove insufficient to overcome a powerfully negative image. Even if Perry is nominated, which is far from certain, he will have to defeat an extremely well-funded sitting president who has proven himself a strong, canny campaigner with a firm grasp of issues. Many are citing Bush 2000 as reason to fear, but it will not be so easy for the GOP to rig the national elections a second time.

    May 23, 2012 at 1:35 am | Report abuse | Reply
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  11. Wemerson

    Romney's election would be the greteast failure of the US. The thing is, the votes are RIGGED! No one is taking note of this. I've heard people that actually went to the precinct say this, there needs to be an investigation, and if the government won't do it, we the people must. That is our civic responsibility. We can no longer blame politicians while pleading apathy. There IS a better choice 2012. It is Ron Paul.

    June 28, 2012 at 6:29 am | Report abuse | Reply
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    I was neutral on this subject

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