Santorum: Romney Endorsement Wasn't Wimpy
Late night email wasn't meant to be tepid, he says
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 9, 2012 4:30 AM CDT

(Newser) – Rick Santorum donned his trademark sweater vest for an appearance on the Tonight Show last night, where Jay Leno wondered why his endorsement of Mitt Romney ended up buried in the 13th paragraph of an email sent late at night. "We decided to put it out late at night so it would be, sort of, the first thing people would see in the morning," Santorum said, adding that "it was a rough-and-tumble campaign," CNN reports. "I can't say it would have been an easy thing to turn around and say, 'Let's just go forward,'" he said. "I wanted an opportunity to sort of think about it a little bit and the family to think about it."

When pressed for his views on contraception, Santorum said he didn't want to ban it. "My religious beliefs are that contraception is wrong, and therefore my wife and I don't believe in that. I would never impose that on anybody else. I never voted to stop contraception," he said, comparing it to smoking. "I don't believe in smoking. I wouldn't vote for any bans on smoking," he said. "So a gay couple smoking with contraception would be the worst thing," Leno quipped. "Oh, my gosh," Santorum laughed. "Heaven forbid."
 

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