Santorum gets Secret Service protection: Report

In US, Secret Service protection is given to each major party`s presidential nominee.

Last Updated: Feb 27, 2012, 11:05 AM IST

Milner: Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum is expected to get Secret Service protection on Tuesday, according to an administration official with knowledge of the plan.

The campaign of former House speaker Newt Gingrich requested Secret Service protection last week and is awaiting word on whether he will receive the security, a person close to the campaign says.

The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive security matters.

Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney has received the protection since February 01. Secret Service protection is given to each major party`s presidential nominee but can be provided earlier if the Homeland Security Department approves a campaign`s request.

Businessman Herman Cain received Secret Service protection last November but dropped out of the race in December.

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