Santorum Is Getting Secret Service Protection

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SHELBY TOWNSHIP, MI - FEBRUARY 17: Republican presidential candidate and former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) speaks at a Michigan Faith and Freedom Coalition rally February 17, 2012 in Shelby Township, Michigan. Santorum is campaigning in Michigan ahead of the February 28 state primary. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images) Photo: Bill Pugliano/2012 Getty Images

Starting today, Rick Santorum will receive protection from the Secret Service. It's a perk automatically afforded each party's major candidate, but candidates can request the service before actually getting the nomination. Herman Cain, during his front-runner moment way back when, was trailed by the Secret Service; Newt Gingrich has reportedly also asked for protection but hasn't heard back yet. More interesting than Gingrich's status, though, is the question of what Santorum's code name will be, and whether it will involve a reference to his Google problem.