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Rick Santorum suspends presidential campaign, is 'not done fighting'

April 10, 2012|By Kim Geiger
  • Rick Santorum announces his decision in Gettysburg, Pa.
Rick Santorum announces his decision in Gettysburg, Pa. (Jeff Swensen / Getty Images )

Reporting from Washington — Rick Santorum announced Tuesday that he would suspend his presidential campaign but vowed “we are not done fighting.”

“While this presidential race is over for us, for me…we are not done fighting,” Santorum said. “ We are going to continue to fight for those voices…. There’s a lot of greatness, a lot of greatness in this country.”

In a somber news conference in Gettysburg, Pa., the conservative Republican said he and his family had made the decision to enter the race during a discussion over the kitchen table, and that it was similarly a family decision to end the campaign. He recounted the nearly yearlong effort.

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“It was a love affair for me, going from state to state and seeing the differences, but seeing the wonderful, wonderful people of this country,” he said.

The announcement came just hours after Santorum’s daughter Bella was released from the hospital. Bella, 3, was born with Trisomy 18, a rare chromosomal disorder that makes her susceptible to illnesses such as pneumonia.

Santorum was considered the only remaining GOP candidate who potentially could prevent Mitt Romney from winning the 1,144 delegates needed to secure the GOP nomination.

But Romney’s recent primary victories in Maryland and Wisconsin helped cement his status as the presumed nominee, and Santorum trailed Romney in the delegate count 285 to 661. Numerous polls show Republican voters view Romney as not only the inevitable nominee, but also the candidate who had the best chance of defeating President Obama in November.

Santorum, a former senator from Pennsylvania, had vowed to stay in the race and said he expected to win his home state’s primary on April 24, but recent polls showed Romney was cutting into Santorum’s lead there and was within striking distance.

By ‘suspending’ his campaign, Santorum can continue to collect contributions to retire debts.

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