Report: Santorum to receive Secret Service protection

GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum is expected to begin receiving Secret Service protection, CNN reported Sunday.

The former Pennsylvania senator's campaign requested a security detail last week and will receive protection beginning this week, sources told CNN.

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The decision to authorize protection is made by a congressional advisory committee and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. That committee examines requests from campaigns and is tasked with identifying which candidates are in need of protection. While the committee does not normally assign protection until four months before the general-election date, candidates may request protection sooner.

Santorum will be the third GOP presidential candidate to receive protection this election cycle.

Mitt Romney is the only other GOP candidate receiving protection from the Secret Service. Businessman Herman Cain, who has since dropped out of the race, requested and was granted security in November.

CNN reports that Newt Gingrich's campaign requested a detail last week, but has not received a response yet from the security agency.

The last GOP nominee, Sen. John McCain (Ariz.), refused a security detail during the 2008 race, saying the expenditure would be a waste of taxpayer funds.