Posted at 01:35 AM ET, 01/04/2012

Santorum says ‘moderate’ McCain’s endorsement of Romney not a surprise

In an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer early Wednesday morning, former senator Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) said he has “nothing but respect” for Sen. John McCain and congratulated former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney (R) on winning the Arizona Republican’s endorsement in the GOP presidential race.


Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
But in keeping with his efforts to cast himself as the true conservative in the race, Santorum also seized on McCain’s earlier record as a moderate in the Senate and said he was “not surprised” by the endorsement.

“Yeah, that’s fine,” Santorum said when asked about McCain’s planned endorsement. “You know, I would’ve expected that. I’m actually surprised he hasn’t done it earlier. But you know, John McCain is a great man. And he is someone it was an honor to serve with. He has served this country and sacrificed more than frankly anybody that I’ve had the privilege to know in any way. And so, I commend Governor Romney for getting his endorsement, but I’m not surprised by it.”

He added: “John is a more moderate member of the Republican team, and I think he fits in more with Newt’s — excuse me, with Mitt’s -- view of the world. And I wish him the very best, and again, I have nothing but respect for John McCain.”

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