Politics

Sharron Angle endorses Rick Santorum in Nevada

Former Senate candidate and Tea Party activist Sharron Angle has endorsed Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum.

Angle, in a statement, said she has known Santorum, a former Pennsylvania senator, for years. “He is a strong fiscal and social conservative who stands on principles above politics,” she said. “He has never wavered in his support for family values understanding the impact that strong families have on a prosperous economy.” She also praised Santorum’s opposition to amnesty for illegal immigrants, to President Obama’s health care overhaul, to Wall Street bailouts, and to a cap and trade energy policy.

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Angle was the Republican nominee for the Nevada Senate seat in 2010, but lost to Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Angle was endorsed by the Tea Party and numerous conservative groups.

Santorum called Angle a “fighter” who “proved how important it is to take the fight to liberals like Harry Reid.”

Santorum, a strong social conservative, has been trying to portray himself as the conservative alternative to former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. He is hoping the Angle endorsement will help him in Nevada, which holds its caucus Saturday. Santorum is currently lagging far behind Romney and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich in the Nevada polls.

Shira Schoenberg can be reached at sschoenberg@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @shiraschoenberg.
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