Rick Santorum has officially dropped his 2016 presidential bid. Which means he’s now free to throw his support behind one of the remaining candidates.

He’s decided on Marco Rubio:

For some, the news comes as a big surprise:

Others don’t seem all that shocked:

So, will Santorum’s endorsement carry any weight?

Stay tuned …

  • JV

    Not surprised

    But Santorum just killed his conservative bonafides

    • Jesse-Messy Hammer

      WHAT conservative bonafides? This can’t be a surprise to the IndyCons who (last week) jumped on the MKDS-bandwagon when Carly Fiorina went all deranged at Megyn Kelly for questioning the “pro-life-bonafides” of the guy whose VP Carly already wants to be her opponent Rick Santorum.
      …it turns out, firstly, that Rick’s pro-life “creds” are that he’s always voted to outlaw partial/live-birth abortion. THAT’s supposed to be “pro-life” (which I always thought to mean life-since-conception)? THAT’s what Carly was defending by sucking up to the Megyn-hating Trumpanzees? BaHaHaHaH, and now get a load of conserve-Twitter suddenly remembering what they all felt back when Rick entered the race: #OhNoNotAnotherRINO.
      …NOT that I agree (secondly) with the RINO-rumors about Rubio, who discarded his amnestyISH idea almost as soon as he brought it up AND who may’ve just been using it as a political “head-fake” at Obama. But just yesterday, Twitchyites were attacking the impeccably conserv Senator Tim Scott for also endorsing Rubi–…Oh wait, my bad, commenters were attacking the “GOPe” (YAWn) for taking a “Borg-collective hold of Tim Scott’s mind” and “making him endorse Rubio”.
      …My point regarding Scott/Rubio is that IndyCons can’t handle the truth that their (the IndyCons’) Orthodoxy ain’t shared by everyone (especially not by Rubio’s colleague Tim Scott to whose judgment I defer) that Rubio’s somehow “establishment”. AND my point regarding Santorum’s short-lived “pro-life”-reputation granted by the MKDS-addled crowd is this point…Do all ya Megyn-bashers FEEL STUPID YET, or are the MKDSers Not even smart enough to know how stupid they are?

      • JV

        rubio is an establishment player

        • Jesse-Messy Hammer

          Now THAT’s how to Miss the Point of my comment.

          • https://twitter.com/rockinranger81 Ben Bollman

            You had a point?

      • genes ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵈᵉᵖˡᵒʳᵃᵇˡᵉ

        Compared to Hillary, he is prolife. Of course, compared to Hillary, Kermit Gosnell is prolife.

  • Mike Bittner

    Yeah, Huckebee already has the Trump VP slot…Huckebee was faster to get on his knees….

    • https://twitter.com/fedupamerican5 EverydayWoman

      So Tim Scott endorsing Rubio and Steve King endorsing Cruz is “not going on their knees”, but if Huckabee endorsed Trump, he would be getting on his knees?
      This is a liberal tactic- “if you disagree , we will ridicule and marginalize you!”

      • Mike Bittner

        I’m sorry! Were Tim Scott or Steve King running for President?!?!?! I must have missed that!

        • https://twitter.com/fedupamerican5 EverydayWoman

          What do u mean? Only candidates running for pres endorsing someone you don’t like are ‘getting on their knees’? What a convoluted logic!

    • AMD_Afficionado

      IIRC Santorum said at Trump’s vets rally that he couldn’t endorse Trump as he’d already pledged to another…now we know who that was.

      The Huckster had darn well better not be Trump’s VPOTUS. 🙁

  • Notsure

    I don’t EVER want to here Santorum et al. who failed to endorse Cruz complain about not being able to put a conservative in the WH! They’re free to endorse whom ever they choose, and I’m free to label them the spineless frauds that they are!

  • Steve__Jacobson

    Rubio is a born leader? He was led around by the nose by Schumer, McCain, and Graham. Rubio is no leader.

  • marcus tullius cicero

    …What’s the catch?

  • http://wandererswaysite.wordpress.com Wanderer

    This feels more like the Palin endorsement than anything–it’s not making me wonder what’s wrong with Ted, it’s making me wonder what ails Rick Santorum.

    • Pandabucks

      You must hate Rush Limbaugh too.

      • http://wandererswaysite.wordpress.com Wanderer

        Nice try but fail. If you had been listening to Rush today you’d know what he said was Ted’s conservative bona fides are beyond question while Rubio gives people some reason to doubt. He believes Rubio is a solid Reaganite (and I agree) and not the establishment RINO that establishment RINOs want to believe he is, but it’s beyond question that Ted Cruz is our most conservative candidate and does NOT have a “Gang of Eight” incident hanging over his head.

        So no, I know what Rush said and I happen to agree with him. Hell, I’m loving these primaries–my top three picks are all in the top three.

        • Pandabucks

          I was listening. Rush spoke highly of both men. Rush has always said Cruz’s bona fides are beyond question, but he went out of his way to–over and over again–praise and defend Rubio.
          Anyone who thinks the Gang of 8 represents Rubio’s immigration plans is completely brain dead. Rush doesn’t believe it, and since I am not brain dead, neither do I.

          • Pandabucks

            Gang of 8 was clearly meant to head off Obama’s executive amnesty. When the Dems moved the bill too far left, Rubio bailed–though the bill was seriously flawed before then.

            But that was Rubio’s attempt with a dictator’s pen hovering above him–hardly indicative of what Rubio would do when holding that pen. He’s running to be a Gang of One, not a Gang of 8.

            But the haters will just yell “Gang of 8!” all the louder…

          • http://wandererswaysite.wordpress.com Wanderer

            Rubio made a rookie mistake in not realizing that he was brought aboard the “Gang of Eight” to both give it a bipartisan facade AND to quietly cut the legs out from under him as a rising Tea Party star. Which is why I say I think he learned a lot and probably why he got sick of business as usual in the Senate so quickly.

            You’re right in that he had the guts to bail, that’s a lot more than we can say about many Senate GOP members.

          • Pandabucks

            Every word you wrote is dead on accurate.

          • http://wandererswaysite.wordpress.com Wanderer

            Look, I’m inclined to agree about Rubio and I have been from the beginning. I personally like Marco Rubio, I think he learned a hard lesson from the Gang of Eight, and I am willing to give him the benefit of the doubt, but he can’t unring the bell. It’s in his past and he can’t shake that, and it’s not “brain dead” to take that into account when evaluating him. Which, again, I find him to be a top three candidate even with that caveat.

            Rick Santorum, like Sarah Palin, has always struck me as someone who gets behind the best and most conservative candidate, not with any “who can win” nonsense. I’m surprised that Santorum wouldn’t throw his weight behind the 100% candidate instead of the 99% candidate.

            But don’t read me as hating Rubio or his supporters, or Santorum for that matter. It’s entirely reasonable at this juncture to ask what in the world these people who logically should be for Ted all the way are thinking. But hey, any one of the top three could take it all at this point and I’ll be happy.

          • Pandabucks

            No, I said it’s “brain dead’ to consider that his current position.

            As for Santorum, he’s been very, very angry at Cruz for his actions with mailers in Iowa, and he also has expressed serious doubts about Ted’s sincerity.

            Me, I think Santorum goes too far, but Ted’s mailer was really bad–much worse than Rubio’s. But would Ted make a good president? Absolutely.

          • http://wandererswaysite.wordpress.com Wanderer

            Ted’s mailer was a bad move. No question.

            Santorum kicking up a stink about them is petty and childish.

            I honestly thought better of both men than that.

          • Pandabucks

            Honestly, a lot of times we find out there’s more bad blood than has been let on.

            I will say this: Cruz gets a shockingly low number of endorsements from people outside the hardcore Liberty Movement. After all this time, he still doesn’t have one Senatorial endorsement–and he works with those guys! I’m sure he’ll get Sessions soon, but still, wow.

            Even Rand Paul refused to endorse him, and Cruz has been angling for Paul’s supporters all along by moving his positions toward Libertarianism.

            I think Ted Cruz is one of those guys where, while I like a lot of his positions, he’s just very, very unlikable. Of course, Marco seems arrogant too, but positive-arrogant, not negative-arrogant.

          • http://wandererswaysite.wordpress.com Wanderer

            You know, with complete respect, I just don’t get this “Ted is unlikeable” line. I don’t understand it. In some ways Ted does go out of his way to be disagreeable–to the Democrats. That’s kind of what we wanted him (and his GOP colleagues) to do, not go to Washington and get buddy-buddy with Mitch and Harry. But off the Senate floor, I’ve listened to him lots of times, usually on video, and I honestly don’t see the unlikeability here. He doesn’t talk down to people, he smiles easily and is very positive without feeling like a used car salesman, but he gets beaten up for being “unlikeable.”

            Yeah, the mailers in Iowa didn’t help him. Bad move. But seriously, if you don’t like them throw them out. And I still have not heard or seen a single Ben Carson supporter who changed his vote because Cruz people talked about a CNN report.

            Might just be a personal thing for both you and me, friend, but I’m not seeing the monster.

          • Pandabucks

            I don’t know Ted at all. I’m just surprised his fellow senators–even the most conservative ones–have gone this long refusing to endorse him.

          • http://wandererswaysite.wordpress.com Wanderer

            So it’s more an impression you get, rather than something you personally find un-likeable about him? Don’t let me put words in your mouth. But I think you would agree there’s a difference between “other old-guard Senators don’t like him” and “he’s not likeable.”

            Have very many GOP senators made endorsements? I can only remember hearing about Tim Scott.

          • Pandabucks

            Sure. And several have endorsed Rubio. Remember, not all Senators are old guard moderates.

        • Maxx

          Gang of Eight, Gang of Eight, Gang of Eight, Gang of Eight, Gang of Eight, Gang of Eight, Gang of Eight, Gang of Eight, Gang of Eight, Gang of Eight….

          Good lord, this is all beginning to sound like Rudy with 9-11, 9-11,9-11,9-11,9-11,9-11,9-11,9-11.

          There are those of us who aren’t one issue voters. In fact, the majority. Every single conservative still in the race has supported amnesty at one time or another and that includes Cruz and Trump.

          Rubio gives us the best chance at winning in November. It doesn’t mean Ted isn’t the top-rated conservative because I believe he is…but Rubio’s 94% (Heritage-rated) isn’t 50%, as many non-Rubio supporters seem to be running with. On just about every issue that matters, he and Cruz run parallel with their opinions so for many, it comes down to “who amongst these top two conservatives gives us our best chance in November?”

          Ted doesn’t inspire like Marco and Rush pretty much said this for three hours today. I’d sure as hell vote for Cruz but he doesn’t pull in the young vote like Rubio does and that bloc is ripe for the picking, as evidenced by Clinton’s horrible numbers in Iowa with young voters.

          • Luv2GoFly

            “Rubio gives us the best chance at winning in November.” Yeah, seems like the same thing was said about Romney a few years back, and also about McCain the time before that. That worked out real well…

          • http://wandererswaysite.wordpress.com Wanderer

            Getting tired of this “best chance of winning” malarkey. The Democrats never worry about that, they’re busy trying to out-crazy each other in a progressive pissing contest (and using real piss).

            If someone likes Rubio better for some reason then by all means let them vote for Rubio, I sure won’t be upset if he takes it all. But when they blather about how Ted is “unlikeable” and “uninspiring” and “can’t win” they’re just repeating what the media and Harry Reid told them. And that about makes me want to puke.

          • Pandabucks

            The Democrats ALWAYS worry about that.

          • Pandabucks

            No one would have won that election. There was zero chance this country would immediately admit it’s mistake in electing the first black president. All supporters of every candidate in that primary need to chill out and quit saying one candidate or another would have made a difference.

          • http://wandererswaysite.wordpress.com Wanderer

            The Gang of Eight is in Marco Rubio’s past. As I said, I think he learned from it and handled it as well as he could have especially considering it was in large part intended to cut the knees out from under him, but we can’t pretend it didn’t happen any more than we can pretend Romneycare didn’t happen.

            If you like Rubio better for some reason, fine. He’s a good man with a very solid track record and I’ll be happy to vote for him if he gets the nod. But don’t give me this nonsense about “Ted just isn’t likeable” or “Ted doesn’t inspire like Marco” or “Ted doesn’t have as good a chance to win.” You’re better than that.

  • http://youhavetobethistalltogoonthisride.blogspot.com/ keyboard jockey

    If the entire point of Santorum’s campaign was to split conservative vote for the establishment so a conservative couldn’t get enough voters why wouldn’t he endorse establishment candidate?

  • Dan Abbett

    The establishment long knives are out for Ted Cruz. Trump is pushing the allegation of voter fraud in Iowa and the establishment media (Fox News) is taking it seriously. In the meantime, South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott is endorsing Rubio and now so has former Senator Rick Santorum.

    The establishmentarians are playing both ends against the middle, they are fanning the flames of the rabid Trump supporters by acting like Trump’s accusation of fraud is serious, while believing they are playing to the moderates with the Scott and Santorum endorsements. They play a lose, lose game and lose they will.

    • Pandabucks

      Scott and Santorum are moderates? Since when?
      It seems like every person who endorses Rubio or speaks highly of him is immediately branded a moderate or RINO. I guess Rush Limbaugh is next.

  • Jeff Henderson ✓Bona Fide

    Has Trump threatened to sue Santorum yet?

    • Pandabucks

      No, but he’s deporting him.

  • Luv2GoFly

    Is anyone seriously affected by endorsements? Does anyone ever change their vote for a particular candidate simply because of an endorsement?

    • Maxx

      No, which renders most of this derangement directed at both Rubio and Rick a colossal waste of time.

      When people accuse Marco of being a RINO, it’s difficult to even want to engage them in a conversation, which would equally be a colossal waste of time.

      It’s why I avoid Breitbart.

    • Hi This Is My Username

      Santorum hasn’t been one of my favorites for a while, but had he endorsed Trump, I would have had words for him. I see Trump as another Democrat loon.

  • https://twitter.com/rockinranger81 Ben Bollman

    Santorum is a big government RINO, no surprise to me that he would go for Rubio.

    • Pandabucks

      Yeah, let’s all hate Santorum now. Let’s just hate everyone who endorses Rubio. They’re all evil. You get the torch and I’ll get the pitchfork.

      • https://twitter.com/rockinranger81 BenB

        I didn’t like Santorum or Rubio long before Santorum endorsed him. They’ve both sold out conservatism and sided with big government. I will put principles above any candidate.

    • #MAGA #WINNING #MAGA #MAGA

      Both share loyalty to rome as well. This didn’t surprise me one bit.

  • JosephBloughs ✓Viagrafied

    Huh. Like Rubio, I suspected Santorum would be a deal maker as well. Suspicion confirmed I guess.

  • Pandabucks

    Rubio and Cruz have both moved right on immigration since 2013. I trust both.

    • Maxx

      Marco’s earlier stance on amnesty warrants the criticism but I’m not voting for someone who’s never made a mistake, I’m voting for someone who’s learned a valuable lesson.

      Marco Rubio/Susana Martinez 2016 and it’s a wrap.

      • Pandabucks

        Works for me, though Fiorina is a better debater than Martinez (Susana’s a good choice, however).

        • AMD_Afficionado

          Snarly Carly is a better debater than Martinez? Ouch.

          I knew Martinez was a RINO’s RINO but I thought she was at least competent. 😉

          • Pandabucks

            I thought Carly was too frowny in a couple debates, but come on–she’s a tremendous debater.

          • AMD_Afficionado

            She’s atrocious. She was given an Affirmative Action place in a debate a while back and she couldn’t capitalize on it.

            She babbles on with pre-prepared talking points and does everything but answer the question. She also has a juvenile habit of attempting to talk during the time of other candidates, literally trying to talk over them.

            Her painfully punctuated speaking habits and her “vocal fry” voice are extremely grating; there’s a theory that Machiavelli’s “The Prince” was written to purposefully give despots the wrong advice-ensuring their downfall-and I’m suspecting that the feminists’ advice to women to “talk like a man” is in the same vein 🙁

          • Pandabucks

            There was no Affirmative Action. It was all determined by polling numbers. The rank sexism in your opening convinces me to ignore everything you ever write.

          • AMD_Afficionado

            No, it was indisputably affirmative action. She whined about being excluded, played her “no Y chromosome” card and then she was magically-without merit-whisked away from the Kids’ Table debate.

            That you’re invoking “sexism” means that you’re too biased to see it…or you’re just trolling.

          • Pandabucks

            Not that a bigot would remember, but she questioned the span of dates for the polling used for that debate–and she was dead right. The span was updated to represent current polling, and she made the stage easily.

      • AMD_Afficionado

        Two hispanic RINOs? White guilt?

        It won’t work: As Reince Priebus recently discovered when he whined that the media wasn’t praising the diversity of the GOP 2016 field, diversity only matters when the libs have it.

        Martinez and Rubio will be “Zimmermaned” by the lib media.

        • Pandabucks

          I know little about Martinez, but at least according to Rush, Rubio is the furthest thing from a RINO.

          • AMD_Afficionado

            El Rushbo likes to point out that he’s been found to be correct 99.7% of the time by some independent vetting authority. When El Rushbo claims that Marco “Milk Carton” Rubio is anything but a RINO, he’s in that 0.03% 🙁

            Maybe he’s just trollin’ us.

        • Pandabucks

          Along with your sexist comment on Fiorina below, it’s clear you are a bigot. That’s enough to write you and your opinions off entirely.

          • AMD_Afficionado

            Like I said, you’re just trolling now. And not very well 😉

          • Pandabucks

            You get called out for your bigotry and you call it “trolling.”
            Funny. Childish, but funny.

  • AMD_Afficionado

    So all of Santorum’s claims to have “reformed” from his Bushie neocon ways were bogus 🙁

  • Hi This Is My Username

    This doesn’t motivate to me to vote for Rubio. It actually doesn’t motivate me to do anything other than keep watching where things are going. Cruz is my first choice and I believe a lot of the hate he is getting is beyond ridiculous. Still, if it came down to Trump VS Rubio, I’d rather pick Rubio than Trump. Rubio is more Conservative than Trump.

  • wharfrat

    Rubio is no leader,he’s like a twelve year old kid going on his first date,look at his record,he has flipped and flopped on every issue,he went to Schumer for help,that’s like asking Satan for help,and now he’s back trying to get Republicans to vote for him,he can’t be trusted and will be a very bad President.

  • kennyraisin
  • tamanator

    Rubio never stood side-by-side with Senators Cruz, Mike Lee, Rand Paul, and Jeff Sessions on many conservative fights in the Senate. Instead he coalesced with the establishment and democrats. Rubio is the establishment-indoctrinated politician pursuing his ambitious goals.