Santorum endorses one-time rival Romney

WASHINGTON (AP) - Rick Santorum is endorsing his one-time bitter
rival Mitt Romney in a late-night e-mail to his supporters.

Santorum on Monday urged his supporters to join him in working
with the effective Republican nominee to deny President Barack
Obama a second term. In his message, Santorum reminded his
supporters of areas where he disagreed with Romney during their
slog of a primary.

Yet Santorum says that, in his words, "above all else, we both
agree that President Obama must be defeated."

During their contest, Santorum bitterly clashed with Romney. At
one point, Santorum called Romney the worst Republican in the
country to challenge Obama.

The two met on Friday at the office of Santorum's strategist,
and Romney sought to assure Santorum of his conservative

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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