The Four Endorsements Republican Candidates Wish They Had Back

At last night’s Republican debate in Arizona, Rick Santorum took considerable flack for his endorsement of the libertarian Arlen Specter over the more conservative Pat Toomey. But each candidate has some endorsement skeletons in their own closets. Be it endorsing the guy who wanted to impeach Bush, the candidate who dropped out and campaigned for the Democrats, the guy who helped pass ObamaCare, or the four third party candidates with fringe views, all the 2012 candidates have some endorsement they probably now regret.

1. Mitt Romney’s 2003 endorsement of liberal Democrat Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson

2. Anderson endorsed Romney in 2002, He wanted to impeach Bush in 2005

3. Rick Santorum endorses Arlen Specter over the more conservative Pat Toomey in 2004

4. Arlen Specter returns the favor in 2006. Specter was key in passing ObamaCare.

5. Newt Gingrich endorses Dede Scozzafava in NY-09. She drops out and endorses the Democratic candidate.

6. Ron Paul endorses Cynthia McKinney, Ralph Nader, Bob Barr, and Chuck Baldwin for President in 2008.

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Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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