Santorum Picks Up Steam With Endorsement From Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz

Santorum to score big Iowa endorsement
 Bookmark and Share    Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz, a rising conservative star in the Hawkeye State and within the Republican Party nationally, will be endorsing Rick Santorum for President on Friday.

The endorsement comes at a time when many conservatives already seem to be giving Santorum a second look because of what many consider to be his consistency on the issues.  In the case of Iowa, with the rise of Newt Gingrich and a flurry of charges accusing of him of not always being loyal to conservatives, Santorum’s consistency could become much more of draw than it has been up to now.

This view is merely punctuated by the high profile of  Secretary of State Matt Schultz’s endorsement.

While the endorsement has yet to be made, White House 2012 readers unwittingly got a glimpse at some of the likely reasoning behind Schultz’s endorsement several months ago.

Back in February of this year, White House 2012 contributor JSmasmouth interviewed Tom Schultz, Matt Schultz’s brother.  Back then Rick Santorum, was not yet a candidate for President, but Tom had launched draftricksantorum.com.

In that interview, speaking for himself, Tom Schultz told White House 2012 readers that he was supporting the former Senator from Pennsylvania for three main reasons;

  • “Rick has proven his conservative credentials. He is one of few politicians that is willing to say and do what is right, even when it is not popular.”
  • “Rick is the one candidate that has the audacity to address the cultural issues that so many politicians avoid”
  • “Rick’s understanding of foreign policy issues is one of the best in the potential field of candidates. He is the one candidate who regularly talks about these issues. Rick is an underdog candidate that is going to make a large impact on the presidential race. He will exceed expectations and this momentum will help separate him from the rest of the field of GOP candidates. “

While Tom was not speaking for his brother Matt, it is safe to say, that the Schultz family is in agreement on Rick Santorum and that Secretary of State Matt Schultz’s endorsement will probably be based on many of the same points his brother articulated some ten months ago.

As the highest ranking elected official in Iowa  to endorse a candidate in the race so far, Schultz’s praise, three weeks before the Iowa caucuses are held, could help Santorum gain the traction he needs to build the type of momentum which could propel him to a stronger than expected finish in the caucuses.

Between a large portion of caucusgoers who are still undecided and another large portion of the Iowa electorate who leaning towards one candidate or another but not yet totally committed to that candidate, Santorum has a good chance of doing much better than current predictions suggest.  His credentials as social conservative make him a perfect choice for the heavy concentration of evangelical voters in Iowa and while his campaign has received little media attention, Santorum has been doing the type of one on one, retail politics that can really connect with the voters of a state like Iowa.

All of this means that while Rick Santorum is still a dark horse candidate in Iowa, his message, aggressive one on one campign in the state, and now the endorsement by Secretary of State Matt Schultz, are making him the dark horse with the best odds of finsihing much better than expected.

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