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April 10, 2012 | By Michael Memoli
CHICAGO -- The Obama campaign has long treated Mitt Romney as the likely Republican foe. Rick Santorum's decision to end his presidential bid means that it's all but official, and the news quickly became fodder for another attack. In a statement, Obama campaign manager Jim Messina said it was Romney's special-interest-backed campaign operation, not the candidate himself, who "finally was able to grind down" his GOP rivals. "But neither he nor his special-interest allies will be able to buy the presidency with their negative attacks," Messina said.
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April 10, 2012 | By Seema Mehta
LANCASTER, Pa.--Hours after dropping out of the presidential race, Rick Santorum said Tuesday night that he was the sole candidate in the GOP field who had been willing to go beyond a perfunctory commitment to socially conservative causes. Though the other candidates agreed with him in his opposition to abortion, gay marriage and embryonic stem cell research, Santorum said he was labeled an extremist because of his outspokenness on how issues such as the nation's economic decline and the growth of government could be directly traced to the breakdown of the American family.
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April 10, 2012 | By Kim Geiger
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.
NEWS
April 10, 2012 | By Seema Mehta
Rick Santorum will resume his presidential campaign Tuesday afternoon, hours after his youngest child, Bella, who suffers from a rare genetic disorder, was released from a hospital and allowed to return to her family's Virginia home. "The Santorum's are truly overwhelmed by the prayers and support they've received," spokesman Hogan Gidley said in an email. The family included a recent picture of the 3-year-old, "so everyone could see their precious gift from God. " Isabella Santorum, known as Bella, was hospitalized Friday with pneumonia, an illness she is susceptible to because of the chromosomal defect that she was born with in 2008, Trisomy 18. The rare disorder results in a baby being  born with an extra chromosome that results in abnormal development of the brain and major organs.
NEWS
April 10, 2012 | By Jon Healey
First Newt Gingrich, now Rick Santorum. The Times reported Tuesday that Santorum was suspending his campaign rather than restarting it after a four-day layoff. The former Pennsylvania senator spent much of Easter weekend with his ailing 3-year-old daughter Isabella, who was just discharged from the hospital. Now he'll focus on retiring his campaign debts rather than trying to move into the Oval Office. Santorum's move, which comes days after Gingrich acknowledged publicly that he had virtually no chance of winning the nomination, effectively ensures Mitt Romney a place on the November ballot opposite President Obama.
NEWS
April 9, 2012 | By Paul West and Seema Mehta
Mitt Romney has ordered a temporary pause in his saturation bombing campaign against Rick Santorum. It's the latest twist in the high-stakes Pennsylvania primary contest , which could be the final showdown of the 2012 GOP race. Romney's campaign announced Monday that it has pulled back an anti-Santorum attack ad “out of deference” to Santorum's decision to stay by his ailing daughter Bella's bedside. The 3-year-old, who suffers from a congenital condition known as Trisomy 18, is improving but remains in the hospital, where she has been since Friday, according to Santorum spokeswoman Alice Stewart.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 2012 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
With apologies to Yogi Berra and thanks to Rick Santorum, the fat lady has thrown up. It's over. Mitt Romney is the only Republican presidential candidate still on his feet. And he won't need to lean on California to win the GOP nomination. Californians really won't matter when they finally vote June 5. There had been much speculation - even predictions - that California's primary would be "relevant" and perhaps "decisive. " Or that we could play a crucial role by denying the frontrunner the clinching delegates, thus thrusting the nomination fight into a historic "brokered" convention in August.
NATIONAL
April 8, 2012 | By Paul West, Washington Bureau
MECHANICSBURG, Pa. - Rick Santorum is back on familiar ground, seeking redemption and a lifeline for his presidential candidacy in the state that rejected him almost six years ago. The former senator from Pennsylvania has resurrected his career after a shattering 2006 reelection defeat. Dismissed as a hopeless long shot when his presidential run began, he'll finish no worse than second for the Republican nomination. At 53, he's one of the nation's leading social conservatives, and his long-range future has never looked brighter.
NEWS
April 6, 2012 | By Morgan Little
As far as last stands go, Rick Santorum's campaign to rejuvenate his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination by winning his home state of Pennsylvania is looking increasingly bleak. A new poll by Public Policy Polling (PPP), released late Wednesday , has GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney ahead of Santorum 42% to 37%. The poll, conducted after Romney's primary victories in Wisconsin, Maryland andWashington, D.C.indicates a rapid, drastic swing in the former Massachusetts governor's favor.
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April 6, 2012 | By Seema Mehta
Rick Santorum's youngest daughter, Bella, who suffers from a severe genetic disorder, has been hospitalized, the presidential candidate's campaign announced Friday. "Rick and his wife Karen have taken their daughter Bella to the hospital.  The family requests prayers and privacy as Bella works her way to recovery," spokesman Hogan Gidley said. Bella was born in 2008 with Trisomy 18, a rare defect in which a baby has an extra chromosome that results in abnormal development of the brain and major organs.
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