Rick Santorum on Jay Leno explains Romney endorsement

Former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum explained his rationale for endorsing Mitt Romney in a late-night letter to supporters Monday in a Tuesday appearance on the “Tonight Show with Jay Leno.”

“You endorsed Mitt Romney in an e-mail last night,” Leno said. “I would have thought you’d be in bed at 11 o’clock at night.”

Wearing his trademark sweatervest, Santorum responded. “No no. We have seven kids, so we don’t sleep.”

Santorum, who quit the race on April 10, explained that he and Romney met last week.

“I think we just needed some time,” Santorum said. “It was a rough-and-tumble campaign. I can’t say that it would have been an easy thing the next day to turn around and say, ‘let’s just go forward.’”

Santorum said he sent the e-mail late so it would be “the first thing people would see in the morning.”

Leno also reminded Santorum of his past statements about Romney, including that he was “the worst Republican” to challenge Obama.

“I said that with respect to the issue of Obamacare.”

Leno also asked about Santorum’s positions on same-sex marriage, contraception and pornography.

Watch the full episode here.

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Natalie Jennings is a Web producer for PostTV.
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