April 10, 2012

Rick Santorum Drops Out Of Presidential Race

Rick Santorum - photo by Gage Skidmore

Republican candidate Rick Santorum has dropped out of the presidential race.

A few sites covering the announcement:

Daily Kos – Rick Santorum dropping out

Fox and NBC are reporting that Rick Santorum is suspending his presidential campaign. Santorum is scheduled to speak to media within the next few minutes from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

11:24 AM PT: Rick Santorum takes the stage with his family, and references his daughter’s health scare. He says she is doing “exceptionally well” and is back at home. Now he’s talking about being a good parent, presumably leading up to his explanation of why he’s dropping out.

11:26 AM PT: Santorum is telling us about all these people who he met while campaigning, people that he says he’ll never forget. But honestly, I’ve already forgotten what he said about them.

Yahoo – Rick Santorum concedes to Mitt Romney in phone call, will meet the press

Rick Santorum called Mitt Romney Tuesday to say he is ending his presidential campaign, Yahoo News has learned.

Few thought Santorum would make it this far.

The former Pennsylvania senator spent most of 2011 on a grueling and often lonely campaign tour through Iowa. His strenuous underdog campaign was organized by a skeleton staff and run the old fashioned way: By methodically speaking with voters face-to-face, town by town. Candidates like Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry and Herman Cain rose and fell throughout 2011, while Santorum spent the year mostly relegated to the far end of the debate stage. He was a long-dormant volcano due for a surprise eruption.

The New York Times – The Caucus – Santorum to Suspend Presidential Campaign

Rick Santorum is suspending his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination on Tuesday, according two of his advisers, bowing to the inevitability of Mitt Romney’s nomination and ending his improbable, come-from-behind quest to become the party’s conservative standard-bearer in the fall.

Mr. Santorum is due to make the announcement at a stop in his home state of Pennsylvania after a weekend in which he tended to his three-year-old daughter, Bella, who had been hospitalized with pneumonia.

The decision abruptly ends his quest for the Republican presidential nomination after weeks in which he has struggled to compete with Mr. Romney’s well-financed, highly-organized campaign apparatus.

photo by Gage Skidmore

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  • Steve Schuler

    Boo!  It would’ve been great if he kept going – especially if he went up against Obama!   Didn’t he just say something like “it’s halftime” just a week or two ago, and talk about he’s going to keep going?
    Meanwhile, how are Ron & Newt still running?  If Santorum didn’t have a chance, they CERTAINLY don’t!

    • http://leftcall.com/ David K. Sutton

      Santorum had no chance of winning the nomination. From my perspective it would have been nice to keep the race going as long as possible. It would have meant Romney using resources (money) against his GOP foes instead of Obama. Gingrich hasn’t officially dropped out but he should have given his recent remarks as well as remarks by his sugar daddy billionaire. Ron Paul is Ron Paul.

      • MYMY

        Didn’t Romney just pay for a mass of attack ads against Santorum for the PA primary? Glad to see the waste of money…

        • http://leftcall.com/ David K. Sutton

          I believe so. No refunds hopefully. :)