Gary Bauer to endorse Rick Santorum

Social conservative leader and former presidential candidate Gary Bauer will endorse Rick Santorum in South Carolina, he confirmed to The Hill on Saturday.

Bauer said that he didn't want to get into the details of the endorsement since it was officially still embargoed, but confirmed his support and said he'll work to get other social conservatives on board for Santorum.

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"I want to do whatever I can to convince my colleagues that Sen. Santorum is the right man," he told The Hill.

The endorsement was originally reported by the Washington Post.

Bauer has organized a Friday meeting with top social conservatives in Texas to see if they can coalesce behind one candidate. He said the point of the meeting is not to try to stop Mitt Romney from being the Republican nominee, but that he believes Santorum would be the best candidate to beat President Obama, as well as the best commander in chief.

"I'm one of the callers of that meeting and I need to think through what I'm going to do at this point, the meeting was misrepresented as a 'stop Romney' meeting and the only person I'm interested in stopping is President Obama," he said. "I think there's a lot of flux at the grassroots and also among conservative leaders. From the front-runner to some of these challengers, nobody's closed the deal yet. This year's going to frustrate everyone for a while more."


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