Rick Santorum Endorses Marco Rubio

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Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum has dropped out of the Republican presidential race and is now supporting Florida Sen. Marco Rubio.

“He’s a tremendously gifted young man, and he’s a leader, he’s a born leader,” Santorum said to Greta Van Susteren on Fox News Wednesday evening. “He is the new generation and someone that can bring this country together, not just moderates and conservatives, but young and old.”

Santorum said that he, along with his family and friends, “wanted to find a candidate that really espoused the values that we believed in… who had really focused their campaign on trying to help… the 74 percent of Americans who don’t have a college degree.” Additionally, Santorum said he was looking for a candidate “someone who has a real understanding of the threat of ISIS.”

The news comes after Santorum finished in last place at Monday’s Iowa caucus, earning just one percent of support. He trailed behind a four-way tie of sixth-place finishers: Rivals Carly Fiorina, John Kasich, Mike Huckabee, and Chris Christie all came in at just two percent. Santorum was not awarded any delegates from the state.

During his last presidential run in 2012, Santorum pulled off a first-place victory in Iowa, going on to compete in the race through April of that year and finishing second to GOP nominee Mitt Romney.

Santorum, a former Pennsylvania lawmaker who has not served in public office since 2007, faced an uphill battle this presidential election cycle.

His flagging poll numbers, especially in early-voting states, meant that Santorum only ever participated on the second-tier stage during Republican primary debates.

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SOURCE: CBS News, Reena Flores