Romney backer says Santorum should be on VP short list

Henry Barbour, a top Republican operative who is backing Mitt Romney for president, said Rick Santorum should be on Romney's short list for vice president.

"I don't see how he would not be considered," said Barbour, the nephew of Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour and a major Rick Perry fundraiser before Perry dropped out. "He's run an impressive campaign and done it in a distinguished way. He's outperformed expectations, has done it very efficiently. Of course he's going to be on the list, how can he not be?"

Barbour also pointed out that while Santorum and Romney have drawn contrasts with each other, they've kept a much more civil tone towards each other than some of the other candidates. "They tend to contrast on policy and that’s part of it, that’s part of the primary, that’s what you’re supposed to do."

Santorum backed Romney's presidential campaign in 2008. He has shown an appeal to more religious and blue-collar voters and, while he lost his last election badly in 2006, had won twice statewide in Pennsylvania, an important swing state that Democrats have won the last five presidential cycles.

More in Presidential races

Poll: Romney, Bush top '16 GOP field

Read more »