Rallying around Romney, after calling him a 'hypocrite' and worsehttp://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-pn-rallying-around-romney-after-calling-him-a-hypocrite-and-worse-20121102,0,829832.story
By James Rainey
November 2, 2012, 1:50 p.m
When Mitt Romney kicks off the final weekend of the presidential campaign with a rally in West Chester, Ohio, Friday evening, it will be with a couple of old nemeses at his side. Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Rick Santorum, the former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania, will be on the stage, along with more than 100 other elected officials.
Most of Romney’s primary-season antagonists have rallied around the Republican nominee during the general election campaign, though libertarian maverick Ron Paul has gone his own way and Rep. Michele Bachmann has been too tied up with a surprisingly close reelection bid in Minnesota to offer as much support as she might.
Perry and Santorum will be closest to the action in the final days of the campaign, beginning with the Ohio rally and then fanning out to battleground states over the weekend.
They represent a continuation of the bygones-be-bygones tradition. That means Perry putting aside his criticism of a year ago that Romney demonstrated “the height of hypocrisy” by employing an undocumented worker at his home, while saying he would push immigration reform. Long forgotten, too, will be Santorum’s zinger last spring that Romney would be the “worst candidate to go up against Barack Obama” because Romney’s healthcare reform in Massachusetts was too much like the national health law he claimed he would oppose.
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