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Santorum suspends GOP presidential campaign

April 10, 2012, 1:57 p.m. Updated April 10, 2012, 2:16 p.m.

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— Bowing to the inevitable, Rick Santorum quit the presidential campaign Tuesday, clearing the way for Mitt Romney to claim the Republican nomination.

Santorum, appearing with his wife and children in his home state of Pennsylvania, told supporters the race for him was over, but the fight to defeat President Barack Obama would go on.

He pointedly made no mention or endorsement of Romney, whom Santorum had derided as an unworthy standard-bearer for the GOP. The former Pennsylvania senator stressed that he'd taken his campaign farther than anyone expected.

"We will continue to go out and fight and defeat President Barack Obama," Santorum declared.

Santorum spoke with Romney before the announcement, a Republican source close to the campaign said.

The delegate totals told the tale of Santorum's demise. Romney has more than twice as many delegates as Santorum and is on pace to reach the 1,144 needed to clinch the nomination by early June. Still in the race, but not considered a factor: former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Texas Rep. Ron Paul.

Santorum had been hoping to hold out through the primary in Pennsylvania on April 24, but decided to fold up after his severely ill 3-year-old daughter, Bella, spent the weekend in the hospital.

Santorum, a feisty campaigner who took everyone by surprise with his win in Iowa's leadoff caucuses, ran on his conservative credentials and his experience in Congress — he was a House member for four years and senator for 12 — but was hobbled by a lack of money and organization.

Santorum stressed the improbable accomplishment of the past year, saying that "against all odds, we won 11 states, millions of voters, millions of votes."

He said that while Romney was accumulating more delegates, "we were winning in a very different way. We were touching hearts" with his conservative message.

In a statement, Romney called Santorum "an able and worthy competitor" and congratulated him on his campaign.

"He has proven himself to be an important voice in our party and in the nation," Romney said. "We both recognize that what is most important is putting the failures of the last three years behind us and setting America back on the path to prosperity."

Comments

Ragingbear 2 years, 8 months ago

Good. At least Romney is only mildly insane instead of stark raving Mel Gibson crazy like Santorum.

tomatogrower 2 years, 8 months ago

It's only the Obama haters who wanted a war, and didn't want to pay for it. Good little patriots.

gudpoynt 2 years, 8 months ago

so... Obama's policies are resulting in crushing debt, the only cure for which is to levy crushing taxes on the citizens, putting us all in the poor house..

... including you...

... at which point you would not be able to afford even the most basic Internet service ....

Obama 2012!

Shelley Bock 2 years, 8 months ago

Spoken like a true Republican, rockhalk1977....

You forgot another cost, 0 American lives lost versus over 5,000, in Iraq and Afghanistan, a much better equation.

Weren't all the Republican candidates for President in favor of jumping into Libya with the US military? Always wanting to start the war, but never willing to pay for it is the Republican way.

camper 2 years, 8 months ago

Hepburn, the Republican candidates hardly even knew what was going on in Libya, let alone have a policy on it. Cain and Gingrich make Palin look like a valedictorian:

Phil Minkin 2 years, 8 months ago

He's the last person in America who didn't know his campaign was over weeks ago. Thicker than a $10 milkshake.

somedude20 2 years, 8 months ago

"A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer. " To answer your question, Mr. Paul has een nul, zéro, 제로, нулю, Null, μηδενικό, cero, zero chance of winning. I know, legal pot and drugs and all that, woo hoo but Mr. Paul would do so much harm to American and the world that it would not be worth making drugs legal.

Geiiga 2 years, 8 months ago

Nice thought, but Dr. Paul's vision leaves us with neither peace nor prosperity.

Bob Forer 2 years, 8 months ago

Damn, with Newtie sure to follow suit shortly, the entertainment value just plummeted to the dark depths of nothingness. Poof.... without warning, a veritable three ring circus packs up its tent, leaving us with a tawdry carney sideshow featuring a grouchy old man in the audience. Cancel the king-sized buttered popcorn and large coke, will ya?

yourworstnightmare 2 years, 8 months ago

Yep, I feel like my favorite show just ended for the season, or March Madness just ended.

However, there will still be plenty of fun in the fall campaign, as Romney tries to explain his past stances on abortion, the individual mandate, being a Massachusetts moderate instead of a severe conservative, etc.

Popcorn, anyone?

Budgets_Smudgets 2 years, 8 months ago

"President Obama said that every child should go to college. What elitist snobbery!"

billbodiggens 2 years, 8 months ago

every child should be encouraged to obtain as much education as is possible, that is, unless education is bad or something like that.

yourworstnightmare 2 years, 8 months ago

Plenty of room for a third party run, Rick.

Kirk Larson 2 years, 8 months ago

Too bad. I was enjoying watching them chew up each other. See ya Santorum, go ahead and let the door hit you on the way out. I think I'll Google you a few times.

gudpoynt 2 years, 8 months ago

Thank you Santorum, for being right-wing enough to make it exceedingly difficult for your base to join the Romney camp, while being too right-wing to ever be elected president.

You were just the right amount of "right".

But alas, I suppose an Obama-hater, is an Obama-hater, is an Obama-hater, and they will all come around in the end, uniting as a tour-de-Obama-hating force to defeat the socialist-in-chief, his socialist lackeys, and his catastrophic socialist agenda to... to... um... what was it again? Oh yeah, to enslave us all, wreck our economy, deplete our military, disintegrate our borders, impose Sharia law, and allow women to mercilessly murder their unborn children, all while slicing up everybody's hard earned money and giving it to the grubby, outstretched fingers of an ever-growing population of welfare kings and queens.

Did I get it all? I left out the confiscation of all our fire arms, didn't I? Damn, I always forget at least one.

gudpoynt 2 years, 8 months ago

So this puts Romney in a tough spot. The GOP can't afford a split. The only chance is unification. How will Mr. Romney go about pulling that off?

Does he remain a moderate Republican? He is uber rich, smarmy, and stiff as a board, this is true. But as it stands, he remains sanely moderate. Does he dare try to steer the Republican nexus back to where it once used to dwell, in the land of fiscal conservative and moral accountability?

Or does he shift ever-rightward, reversing, ignoring, and/or apologizing for the evils of a moderate past, in an effort to secure the hearts of the rightest drifting members of the party formerly known as "Grand Old".

In other words, does Romney try stretch his arms around the votes he needs? Or does he say "Get in here people! Only I can protect you from Obama now!"

riverdrifter 2 years, 8 months ago

Good points. Romney is a NASCAR driver now: he has to keep turning left to try to claim some of the the large middle that's out there and that makes him an easy target with the flip-flopping ammunition. See: "severely conservative". That's gonna be a tough trap to get his paw out of.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 2 years, 8 months ago

I watched his exit speech thin morning and I must admit, this guy would make a good preacher. He is quite good at rolling BS in powdered sugar, but such stuff still is BS.

This guy who was hanging precariously out on the extreme right wingtip of the party had no chance at all and finally admited it. I recall that Barry Goldwater once said that "extremeism in the defense of liberty is no vice" But Sannitorum was no Goldwater. The people in Pennsylvania had made it pretty cclear the they had dumped him and he had not an ice cubes chance in Hell in this campaign. But I will truly miss the ongoing implosion of the "Greedy Old Party". I think that Obama can continue to sleep well and continue to hang more pictures in the White House. The only thing Romney has is "repeal "Obamacae"" and Defeat Obama. Well, then, Mitt, whaddy gonna do for the country? Haven't heard much about that little problem.

CLARKKENT 2 years, 8 months ago

A LOTTA REALLY GOOD POSTS, A LOT OF REALLY BAD POSTS, BUT THE BOTTOM LINE IS ---DO YOU REALLY THINK THAT OBAMA CAN BE BEAT???????????

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