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US Election Updates - August 29, 2012

Santorum highlights family values at convention address

Rick Santorum spoke on protecting traditional values in his address to the Republican National Convention on Tuesday.

Tension between Santorum and Romney, who beat the former Pennsylvania senator in the Republican presidential primary, was evident in Santorum's limited references to Romney. Santorum mentioned his former rival three times in his 14-minute address.

Santorum, a social conservative and vehement opponent of abortion rights, focussed on family as he began with the inspiration of his coal miner grandfather and ended by speaking of his daughter Bella, who suffers from a genetic disorder.

He also looked back on his failed presidential campaign, which political analysts say did not fit with the evening's forward-looking direction to a possible Romney presidency.

Since leaving the race on April 11, Santorum has kept a low profile. He endorsed Romney in an email sent to supporters late at night in May, a move that has been viewed as not entirely wholehearted.