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Rick Santorum wins Rupert Murdoch endorsement

By Beth Marlowe,

Rupert Murdoch, the billionaire media mogul who owns News Corporation, signaled his support for GOP candidate Rick Santorum in a tweet Monday night.

Murdoch, called the socially conservative Santorum the “only candidate with genuine big vision for country.”

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet”><p>Can’t resist this tweet, but all Iowans think about Rick Santorum.Only candidate with genuine big vision for country.</p>&mdash; Rupert Murdoch(@rupertmurdoch) <a href=”https://twitter.com/rupertmurdoch/status/153995555603890176” data-datetime=”2012-01-03T00:26:16+00:00”>January 3, 2012</a></blockquote><script src=”//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js” charset=”utf-8”></script>

Murdoch’s News Corporation owns Fox News, the Wall Street Journal, The New York Post and other major media companies. He made headlines in 2011 when he testified before Britain’s Parliament about a phone-hacking scandal embroiling News Corp.’s paper News of the World.

Murdoch is new to the social media site Twitter. He began tweeting on Saturday using the handle @rupertmurdoch.

Santorum has been mentioned on Twitter nearly 50,000 times in the past week, according to The Washington Post’s social media measuring tool, @mentionmachine.

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