According to Jim-Bob Duggar... "If It's God's Will" Santorum Will Be President
Ten. “That includes myself, five of my children, my daughter-in-law and two grandchildren and my wife,” Jim Bob Duggar, the dad on TLC’s “19 Kids and Counting,” told POLITICO ahead of Saturday’s first-in-the-South presidential primary.
The exceptionally large clan, known for its conservative values, endorsed Santorum days before the Jan. 3 Iowa caucuses and, since then, has attended around 20 of his campaign events.
Life on the stump has meant a few plane rides back and forth from Arkansas, where the Duggars live and tape their reality show, and lots of traveling throughout the early primary states on Santorum’s behalf.
“We’ve been spending a lot of time on the bus,” Duggar said. Large enough to comfortably sleep 12, the family’s 2003 Prevost features bunk beds, sofas, a kitchen and a bathroom and is emblazoned with the words “Rick Santorum for President.”
“He’s somebody who’s got a heart of gold and a backbone of steel,” Duggar said. And his wife, Michelle, has lauded the former Pennsylvania senator as “a pro-life, Christian conservative with the family values and common-sense business perspective that we need to get our nation back on track.”
Beyond politics, Duggar said his family has really gotten to know Santorum on the trail. “The neat thing for us is to get to spend so much time with him and his family,” he said.
On the morning of the Iowa caucuses, the two families prayed together in a hotel lobby, Duggar said. “I told him, ‘Rick, you know, I know if it’s God’s will, the voters here will be with you today.’”
Pointing out that Santorum had won the caucuses “after the recount was said and done,” Duggar said, “It’s amazing to see our prayers answered almost two weeks later.”