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Rick Santorum Still Won’t Endorse Mitt Romney

ABC/ DONNA SVENNEVIK(NEW YORK) -- Rick Santorum went up to the edge of endorsing Mitt Romney Tuesday evening, but failed to pull the trigger despite many attempts by CNN’s Piers Morgan to get him to say the word.

Clearly frustrated by Santorum dancing around the endorsement of Romney, Morgan at one point said, “Spit it out.”

“He’s the person that is going to go up against Barack Obama it’s pretty clear and we need to win this race. We need to beat Barack Obama,” Santorum said about Romney.

Morgan then said, “You just endorsed Mitt Romney?”

Santorum told Morgan he “can call it whatever you want.”

Morgan then tried Santorum’s wife Karen, who also took part in the interview, and asked her if she saw his words of praise of the presumptive GOP nominee as an endorsement.

“No, not at this point, no, we are working through it. We are talking about it,” Karen Santorum said.

The former rival also praised Romney’s speech in New Hampshire, calling it a “good speech” and saying, “He set the right tone.”

“The tone was this race is about Barack Obama and his failures,” Santorum said. “He’s got an optimistic vision for this country and I’m very glad to see that. He painted a strong picture. It’s a very clear contrast to what this president has brought this country.”

Santorum said he would be meeting with Romney staffers Wednesday. ABC News reported earlier Tuesday that Santorum will meet with Romney on May 4.

The former Pennsylvania senator also said he has been hearing some of himself in Romney’s recent speeches.

“I was in St. Louis at the NRA, listened to his speech on freedom and heard a lot of familiar refrains, which I was actually pleased to hear,” Santorum said. “Imitation is the greatest form of flattery, and so when I hear a familiar line from another candidate that makes me feel like maybe we had an impact out there.”

Morgan asked Santorum if he was holding out an endorsement for money to relieve his debt or even a cabinet post in a potential Romney administration.

Karen Santorum quickly answered, “No, we are not doing that.”

“That’s not what this is about,” Rick Santorum said. “I mean this is about winning the election. Making sure we have the right person in the presidency, in the House and Senate.”

Towards the end of the interview, Morgan again tried to get the former presidential candidate to clearly endorse Romney, or at least to admit that he already had during their back and forth. Santorum didn’t say the word "endorse" once during the interview.

“All I said was the obvious, which is Mitt Romney is going to be the nominee and I’m going to support the nominee, whoever that nominee is, period,” Santorum said.

Morgan pointed out that was Romney. Santorum answered, “Well that’s what it looks like, yeah.”

“If he is the nominee I’m going to do everything I can to make sure he beats Barack Obama, absolutely. That’s why I got into the race,” Santorum said, still choosing not to fully embrace Romney.

Morgan also asked Santorum if he would want to share a ticket with Romney.

“I’m not interested in any position,” Santorum said, and wouldn’t comment on whether there are any others he thought should be on Romney’s vice presidential short list.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Karen Santorum: ‘Women Have Nothing to Fear’ From My Husband

T.J. Kirkpatrick/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Former Pennsylvania senator and GOP candidate Rick Santorum often jokes that American voters prefer hearing more from his wife and less from him.  Karen Santorum heeded her husband’s call Monday night for “less Rick, more Karen” on a solo interview with CNN’s Piers Morgan.

The 51-year-old mother of seven was interviewed on Piers Morgan Tonight before Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., who recently took a jab at Santorum’s contraception beliefs (and the couple’s large brood) when he joked that Santorum’s Secret Service detail is the first time he has “used protection.”

“Sometimes you have to just laugh and other times you just shut it out and ignore it,” Karen Santorum told Morgan.  “But I thought that was funny.”

The neo-natal nurse and former law student also insisted her husband would not make changes to contraception laws if he becomes president.

“Women have nothing to fear when it comes to contraceptives,” she said, adding that her husband would “absolutely not” bring his personal religious beliefs “to play” as president.

“When I was on book tours, Rick was the one was home changing diapers and cleaning the kitchen,” she told Morgan in response to whether her husband is anti-woman.  “He’s a man who cares deeply about the heart and soul of America, about all people.”

Karen Santorum also affirmed that daughter Bella is “fragile, but she’s doing great.”  The couple’s 3-year-old daughter suffers from a rare genetic disorder called Trisomy 18.

“Someday, I want you to meet her,” she told the host.  “It’s a juggling act, but she’s taught us so much about what’s important in life.”

As for her husband’s physique, which was exposed in a photo of him in a bathing suit while campaigning in Puerto Rico last week?

“I’m working on it,” she said.  “He needs to start taking more steps and fewer elevators.”

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Christine O'Donnell vs. Piers Morgan: Twitter War over Walk-Off

Jacquelyn Martin-Pool/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- After former Republican Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell walked off her remote link-up with CNN's Piers Morgan Tonight on Wednesday, declaring host Piers Morgan "rude" when he demanded her positions on masturbation, gay marriage and the "don't ask, don't tell" policy on gays in the military, the pair wasn't done exchanging fire: She and Morgan continued to toss quips at one another via Twitter and TV.

"I only appeared to go on the Piers Morgan Show because he promised not to hack my cell phone," O'Donnell tweeted Wednesday, referring to a phone hacking scandal at News of the World, a newspaper that Morgan once edited.

Then, replying to Morgan's on-air request to return to his show and explain her behavior, O'Donnell tweeted, "Piers, thanks for the invite. Schedule is already packed, maybe another night. No hard feelings, you cheeky bugger."

Besides tweets promoting the interview, Morgan also had some zingers in his bag.

"Do you think Christine O'Donnell is going to put a witch's curse on me now?" he asked in a tweet Wednesday evening.

Morgan also re-tweeted various messages commenting on the interview, including one from Wanda Sykes noting the timing of O'Donnell's walk-off, coming as it did after she answered questions about witchcraft, her Senate campaign gaffes and sex-related topics.

"Watching @piersmorgan interview Christine O'Donnell," went the Sykes tweet. "She leaves after a ? on gay marriage. Waiting to see her grab her broom and fly off."

Both parties also took to the airwaves to argue their cases after the show was taped.

Morgan discussed the "rather bizarre encounter" with Anderson Cooper on CNN before the interview aired Wednesday evening.

"I don't think anybody who watches the interview would deduce I was being rude -- I mean, a little bit cheeky maybe, but not rude," Morgan said. "I found it odd that she would use that particular moment to leave, because I think on reflection, when she looks back on this, it looks like she has something to hide -- in other words, that her view would be so extreme or contentious that it would cause her political damage."

However, O'Donnell told the Washington, D.C., Fox station Thursday morning that "it wasn't the questions about gay marriage" that prompted her walk-off, but the sum of the sex-infused interview questions -- which she described as "borderline creepy" -- and because, she said, the interview went long and she was late for another engagement.

"I’m not a 20-year-old on MTV right now, so let’s get back to the political issues that I lay out in the book -- and he wouldn’t let up," she said. “I was not there to talk about sex -- and he would not stop trying to talk about sex."

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