Who is endorsing the GOP presidential candidates

Published: Friday, Jan. 6 2012 11:57 a.m. MST

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Speaking of Santorum, the former Pennsylvania senator doesn’t have many endorsements to speak of — yet — and the vast majority of what he does have comes from either conservative Christians or Iowans.

Jim Bob Duggar: Star of the Reality TV series "19 Kids and Counting" brought 12 of his children with him from Arkansas to be one of Santorum’s top surrogates during the Iowa caucuses. Endorsed Mike Huckabee in 2008.

Bob Vander Plaats: President and CEO of The Family Leader, a conservative organization focused on social issues.

Chuck Hurley: President of Iowa Family Policy Center. The endorsements from Vander Plaats and Hurley were seen as endorsements from evangelical Christians, which became key in Iowa. Santorum's support there skyrocketed after these two endorsements on Dec. 20. He went from consistently polling at 3 to 6 percent in Iowa to nearly taking first place in the Iowa Caucus two weeks later.

Rupert Murdoch: The Australian media tycoon recently started posting on a Twitter account; he made waves on Jan. 2 when he tweeted, "Can’t resist this tweet, but all Iowans think about Rick Santorum. Only candidate with genuine big vision for country."

Brad Thor: Novelist and author of spy thrillers like "The Last Patriot" and "Path of the Assassin."
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JWB
Kaysville, UT

Rick Santorum definitely has the Iowa evangelicals endorsing him with his list of Vander Plaat and Hurley who lambast Romney and his background and beliefs.

Mc
West Jordan, UT

Tom Ridge was not Sec. of Health and Human Services. It was Homeland Security. They must hace been thinking of Thompson, who preceded Mike Leavitt.

Pagan
Salt Lake City, UT

**'Mitt Romney to meet with Donald Trump today' - By Hal Boyd - Published by DSNews - 09/26/11

And yet:

**'Donald Trump: Mitt Romney 'doesn't get the traction' in race' - AP - Published by DSNews - 12/05/11

Mitt Romney won the Iowa vote by 8 votes. Even the Deseret news called it a 'virtual tie.'

Result?

**Iowa vote dosent resolve GOP search for identity by Charles Babington AP Published by the DSNews 01/04/12

Sound familiar?

**'Poll: Less than half of GOP primary voters satisfied with 2012 field' - By Mark Murray - NBC News - 06/15/11

**'GOP race narrows, but there's still no front runner' - By Steven Thomma, McClatchy Newspapers - Published by DSNews - 08/14/11

GoodGuyGary
Houston, TX

The more I see Pagan's, the more joy I have just to think how mad he will be when Mitt win the elections one by one, hahaha!

PHealey
Holladay, UT

GoodGuy

I like it : ))))

JWB
Kaysville, UT

Most of the clips from newspapers that appear in the comments are very dated and not necessarily apply to the article written. Some are pulled out of context and don't add to frank and open discussion. We need to have people put their thoughts about the articles and only use references, as needed. It is not a benefit for our group to have previous newspaper articles from months ago or in previous years be published multiple times for "whose benefit"? We need to research the recesses of our mind, thoughts, discussions and even history to present relational material for others to digest and not just inundate the paper/screen with other people's extracted words. We don't know if they are in context to what was said at the time. Credit may be given and the date listed but we don't know the intent of the author by extracting only certain words from someone else. There are many comments that are definitely candid, frank and forthright to continue these discussions through November and beyond but they need to be individual comments in addition to some other's thoughts we put into words. Thanks for helping us improve our process.

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