msnbc | April 18, 2012
>> john boehner a new convert to the romney campaign. romney is still waiting for the seal of approval from his closest xets or the in that primary, rick santorum , who kept up harsh rhetoric against his opponent that may explain his silence. national communications director for the campaign joins me now. i do want to read you a piece from one of the last fund-raising letters rick santorum sent to supporters picked up by the " des moines register " prior to to going out. it says it frightens me to my what will happen if mitt romney is the nominee. he presents zero contrast with barack obama on the major issues of this election. this part of the season santorum has not endorsed snorm mitt romney ? he's haunted by the rhetoric and is still frightened by a true candidacy of mitt romney ?
>> no. that's some of the campaign literature you send out and try to raise money off of. that was something sent out way before he decided to get out of the race but it was sent third-class mail and is there now so it was a little late. but, look, mitt romney and rick santorum are going to try to get together in the next month or so, have a conversation. i do know for a fact an endorsement will be one of the topics discussed. but of course there's no guarantee that an endorsement comes out of that meeting. it's just a conversation they're going to have. rick santorum won 11 states. he won more counties across this country than all the other candidates combined. he has an obligation to the delegates and also to the people who voted for him to push forth his conservative agenda and try to have an influence on mitt romney if he eventually becomes the nominee to try and, you know, push that conservative message forward as a general election candidate.
>> hogan, throughout this primary, the republican primary , that is, we saw so many slip-ups turn into campaign attack ads really hurting the candidates. are comments along those lines of what we heard from hilary rosen going to happen more creating snare traps for the candidates? how strongly with the romney campaign pounce and seize on those opportunities?
>> you know, i'm not too sure. obviously, i don't work for governor romney .
>> but you worked for santorum and when he would make a slip-up they didn't wait. they would pounce on those types of things. when gingrich would make a slip-up, they don't wait. they respond.
>> so speaking from your experience working for rick santorum and going and competing against governor romney , how quick are they on the gun?
>> they're very quick. they have a pretty good team assembled, a nationwide team and a lot of organization ready to make those pounces and make someone pay for a comment like that. but, you know, i mean, we'll be moving closer and closer to this election until that -- the summer ends, we're probably going to be seeing a lot more of these types of overblown stories on comments like that here and there, because until we really focus in on major issue, it looks like we'll have a long, hot summer full of campaign gaffes and ads and money made off those gaffes, and we'll wait until the general election gets into a full swing before moving into substantive issues.
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