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Santorum on Romney's new endorsement: I 'expected that sooner

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In this Dec. 27, 2011, file photo, Republican presidential candidate former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum speaks during a town hall meeting at the Fort Dodge GOP Headquarters in Fort Dodge, Iowa. Santorum nearly won Iowa’s caucuses with a message of fiscal conservatism and a muscular foreign policy. But even conservatives view Santorum’s claims skeptically in light of his 16 years in Congress. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)\n

Jon Huntsman is set to drop out of the Republican presidential primary Monday and expected to endorse Mitt Romney almost immediately after. Rick Santorum brushed it all off while campaigning in South Carolina.

From Politico:

“Moderates are backing moderates,” he said at a diner here Monday. “That’s sort of the bottom line. No surprise there. Gov. Huntsman ran as a moderate, trying to compete for Gov. Romney for the establishment moderate vote. And Gov. Romney had a leg up on him being a solid moderate that the establishment could get behind. Gov. Huntsman wasn’t able to crack through that. So I’m not surprised by that all, and I anticipated that actually sooner than today.”
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