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Matt Schultz endorses Rick Santorum for President at a press conference on December 12, 2011 in Johnston, IA

FreedomWorks PAC and 2012 Iowa Caucus winner Rick Santorum announced that they were backing Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz in the contested Republican primary race in Iowa’s 3rd Congressional District.

Yesterday in a released statement FreedomWorks PAC President Matt Kibbe said, “Matt Schultz is a constitutional conservative who will answer to constituents, not K Street. Iowans deserve a representative that will care more about the people in the Third District than the lobbyists in the District of Columbia.”

Schultz in 2012 was the only statewide office holder to make an Iowa Caucus endorsement and he threw his weight behind Santorum.

“I first met Matt Schultz in early 2010 when I visited Council Bluffs, Iowa for a luncheon to support the Pottawattamie County Republican Party.  After lunch, Matt and I visited one-on-one, getting to know more about each other and talking about our mutually shared vision for our nation.  From that day forward, it was clear to me that Matt was a strong leader, great family man, and a leading face in a new generation of conservatives ready to return our nation to a path of prosperity,” Santorum said.

“The American people need courageous leaders in Congress to do the right thing for their constituents and the nation, and no candidate better epitomizes this brand of bold leadership more than Matt Schultz.  As Iowa’s Secretary of State, Matt has led the fight for voter integrity and insuring each vote counts.  I have no doubt that Matt will bring this same leadership to the Halls of Congress on issues like fiscal responsibility and job creation for working families.  My wife Karen and I are both proud to wholeheartedly endorse Matt’s candidacy.  I look forward to joining Matt on the campaign trail soon,” concluded Santorum.

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