Santorum Now Praises Romney: ‘We Stand for Love, and We Will Win’

August 29, 2012 - 3:54 AM

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Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum (AP File Photo)

Tampa (CNSNews.com) – Republican Rick Santorum – who consistently accused Romney of being insufficiently conservative when Santorum was challenging Romney for the GOP presidential nomination – now says Republicans can be proud of their nominee.

“We can walk out of Tampa proudly with a platform and with a nominee who stands for life, who stands for love and a welcoming society that is inclusive,” Santorum said Tuesday at the Republican National Convention. “I love how the left and this president talk about inclusion as they advocate with this party the destruction of over 1 million children. Some inclusion. We stand for the truth. We stand for life. We stand for love, and we will win.”

Santorum won 11 state Republican primaries and caucuses before he dropped out of the race and endorsed presumptive nominee Romney. He spoke to the full Republican National Convention this week.

Speaking at an event co-sponsored by the Family Research Council and the Republican National Coalition for Life, Santorum noted that public opinion is shifting in favor of the pro-life movement.

That’s partly because of crisis pregnancy centers across the country, Santorum said, because those centers replace judgment with compassion: “They (crisis pregnancy centers) “are now the face in the community of the pro-life movement. It is the face of love.”

“The pro-life movement has always been about love, but for far too long, we thought the pro-life movement was only about love of the child in the womb,” Santorum said. “But of course that’s not true. So what we did was put our heart into action by being out there on the front lines, loving and embracing mom and grandma, fathers, families who were going through a horrible time in some cases. And that has made all the difference. But doesn’t love always make all the difference?”

A Gallup poll in May found that pro-choice Americans were at an all-time low of 41 percent, while 50 percent of Americans are pro-life.