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One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors. -- Plato (429-347 BC)

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Rick Satorium Surrenders Bid for White House At Gettysburg, PA

Rick Santorum
Today, Rick Santorum suspended his bid for the presidency. He held a press conference in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania and said, "We made a decision over the weekend that while this presidential race for us is over for me, and we will suspend our campaign effective today, we are not done fighting."

Early Tuesday morning, the campaign announced that Santorum's three-year-old daughter Bella, who suffers from a genetic condition called Trisomy 18, had been released from the hospital after falling ill over the weekend. The campaign said that the morning events had been cancelled so Santorum could help his family "settle in at home." Press Secretary Alice Stewart says Santorum held a conference call with all his staff at 1:45pm today to advise them to his decision.

Although Rick Santorum did not endorse any remaining Republican candidate, he clearly identified that he would continue to work to to defeat President Obama and will help Republicans win the Senate in the fall.

Mitt Romney in a statement, addressed Rick Santorum as "an able and worthy competitor." Romney added, "He has proven himself to be an important voice in our party and in the nation. 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."

The Washington Post declared "Former House speaker Newt Gingrich and Texas Rep. Ron Paul remain in the campaign, but neither has shown the ability to be a consistent alternative to Romney. Gingrich, in particular, has seen his campaign hit a rough patch of late. He’s finished fourth in the last two major contests and revealed over the weekend that his campaign was $4.5 million in debt.  Santorum’s exit virtually assures that Romney will secure the Republican Party’s nomination, though he so far has secured only about 60 percent of the delegates that he needs."

Pennsylvania primary is on Tuesday, April 24, 2012.  Note, Rick Santorum is still a candidate even though he has suspended his campaign.  He may continue raising money to retire his campaign debt and he still has general control over the delegates who will cast their vote for him at least on the first ballot.  However, as former Gov. Mike Huckabee did in the 2008 Republican Presidential primary, Santorum will most likely release his delegates.  Santorum will also still appear at the Republican National Convention in Florida and may potentially pick up additional delegates in the remaining primaries where his campaign has already paid the filing fees to be on the ballot.  For example, Santorum is already on the Republican primary ballot in Arkansas which will not be held until May 22, 2012.

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1 Comments:

Anonymous Gary Bauer said...

Watching this wonderful family and its commitment to the sanctity of life has been an incredible blessing.

As you know, I endorsed Senator Santorum and helped rally conservative leaders to his banner. I am saddened that he has not prevailed. But I am as sure today as I was when I endorsed him that his unambiguous message of smaller government, lower taxes, a strong national defense, pro-family and pro-life values is a the winning message for the conservative movement and the right message for America's future.

Those who believe we should drop values issues in this campaign are dead wrong. If the GOP and its nominee fall into the trap of believing that these issues are an impediment to victory, they will ensure that the Obama nightmare lasts for another four years.

I urge Governor Romney to accept Senator Santorum's advice and counsel in the weeks ahead and to be magnanimous in reaching out to the senator, as well as to other conservative favorites who have competed in this contest. A united Republican Party can prevail.

To Senator Santorum and his family I say, God bless you! Thank you for defending our values in the political arena against long odds. We are proud of you. And we look forward to continuing to fight the good fight with you!

4/10/2012  

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