Santorum confirms Secret Service codename

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Both candidates reportedly chose their own code names, which the magazine GQ reported Monday night.

The Secret Service would not confirm that the code names are accurate, but a spokesman told GQ the names are not necessarily secret.

“Given modern capabilities to secure communications through encryption, there is no longer any security relevance to protectee call signs,” said Ed Donovan, special agent in charge.

There is a long tradition of quirky, easy-to-pronounce code names for presidential candidates and their families, including “Renegade” for President Obama and “Trailblazer” for former President George W. Bush. 

Last month, Santorum became the third presidential candidate in the election cycle to receive Secret Service protection, after Romney and former presidential candidate Herman Cain.

The decision to authorize protection is made by a congressional advisory committee and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano at the request of the campaigns.