Santorum latest GOP candidate to channel Tim Tebow

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Tebow is known for being a devout Christian, and won over fans for emphasizing his faith as he steered the Broncos to a series of last-minute wins despite lacking traditional quarterbacking skills. He appeared in an anti-abortion-rights television ad during last year's Super Bowl, and in college undertook missionary work in the off season. Santorum, himself a devout Catholic, has argued on the campaign trail that he best represents social conservative values.

But Santorum is not the only GOP candidate to try to capture some of the excitement surrounding the star quarterback.

A political action committee supporting Michele Bachmann's presidential campaign, now defunct, debuted an ad last month that compared the Minnesota congressman to Tebow.

The ad notes that "the establishment sports guys love to hate Tim Tebow: he's not smart enough, his mechanics are no good, he's not accurate enough — still, he just keeps winning." The ad goes on to argue that Tebow makes sports fans "feel guilty" because he doesn't "drink, cuss, smoke, or kick opponents when they're down" and because he is a born-again Christian.
 
As pictures of Tebow and Bachmann flashed across the screen, the announcer drew parallels between the candidate and the quarterback.

"The same could be said of Michele Bachmann: no baggage, Christian, and like Tebow, she keeps fighting and she just keeps winning votes," the announcer says.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry also got in on Tebow fever, saying he hoped he would be the "Tim Tebow of the Iowa caucuses" during a debate in Sioux City in December, arguing that he could engineer a late comeback to overcome his sagging poll numbers.

"There are a lot of folks that said Tim Tebow wasn't going to be a very good NFL quarterback," Perry said. "There are people that stood up and said, 'Well, he doesn't have the right throwing mechanisms, or he's not playing the game right.' And he won two national championships, and that looked pretty good. We were the national champions in job creation back in Texas."

Perry dropped his bid for the GOP nomination Jan. 19.

The quarterback has not endorsed a candidate in the GOP primary, although has admitted to being approached by multiple campaigns.