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Alabama Gov Votes for Rick Santorum; Won't Endorse Him

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

The governor of Alabama admits he voted for Rick Santorum in Tuesday's primary, but he wants to be clear that the vote is in no way an endorsement of the former Pennsylvania senator.

CBS News reports that Santorum tweeted a photo of himself and Gov. Robert Bentley, (left), with the message:

Honored to learn this morning on @rickandbubba that AL Gov. @GovernorBentley cast his vote for me and joined the fight!

He also put out a news release touting the vote.

However Bentley said he is not endorsing anyone, writing on his Facebook page:

I view Rick Santorum as the most conservative candidate in the Republican presidential primary. I have chosen not to publicly endorse a candidate. I believe a vote is a personal decision that should be based on a voter’s values and principles, not on someone else’s opinion. After being asked who I would vote for, I responded that I had personally chosen to vote for Rick Santorum. The Republican primary features a strong pool of candidates, and I will fully support the Republican nominee chosen by the people.

Most Republican officials are endorsing Mitt Romney, thinking he has the best chance of winning the nomination and defeating President Obama.