Former GOP Nomination Hopefuls Sluggish in Support of Mitt Romney

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Although Rick Perry, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich endorsed Mitt Romney, their support of the presumptive GOP nominee is sluggish at best. Ron Paul is still holding out on his November ballot choice for president.

Newt Gingrich: Mired in campaign debt, former aides hold fundraiser for Romney

Currently $4.9 million in debt, the Washington Times reports that Newt Gingrich managed to raise $185,000 in June to pay outstanding campaign bills. A number of contributors asked for a refund of campaign contributions, further depleting the failed campaign's coffers by $505,000. Although NewsMax commented on Gingrich's endorsement of Romney back in May -- he called the nominee-apparent a "solid conservative" -- the Wall Street Journal highlights that it were former aides to Gingrich who held a Washington fundraiser for him.

Ron Paul: Unmoved to support Romney, Paul works out last bits of legislation

"I have not made a decision," Paul responded when asked if he would cast a vote for Romney in November, ABC News reports. While Paul has not officially withdrawn his candidacy for president, his delegate count makes him ineligible for the GOP nomination. Rather than dealing with an endorsement, Paul is currently working on legislation to protect medical marijuana growers, Bloomberg Businessweek reports. It is noteworthy that there is not a lot of love lost between the GOP, which denied Paul speaking rights at the convention, and the retiring member of Congress.

Rick Santorum: Campaigns for Romney for the first time, focuses on book release

A week ago, Santorum held what ABC News refers to as a "first formal campaign event" for Romney. Prior to the event, the relationship between Santorum and Romney was distant. This goes back to the time when Santorum referred to Romney as the "worst Republican in the country to put up against Barack Obama." While the campaign event was as much out of a sense of duty as a response to the request of the Republican Party,Yahoo! News highlights that Santorum is focused on the release of his second book entitled "American Patriots: Answering the Call."

Rick Perry: Endorses Romney, then calls for release of more tax records

CBS News reported in April on Perry's endorsement of Romney. "Mitt Romney has earned the Republican presidential nomination through hard work, a strong organization, and a disciplined message of restoring America," he said at the time. Now the Washington Post reports that Perry joins the chorus of those urging Romney to release his tax returns in an effort to be "as transparent as you can be."

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