Rick Santorum Drops out of Presidential Race


NewsMax

Rick Santorum bowed to the inevitable on Tuesday and ended his bid for the White House, virtually assuring that Mitt Romney will be the Republican candidate in November.

The decision to “suspend” his campaign came after a weekend in which the former Pennsylvania senator had taken time off from the campaign trail to celebrate Easter and the 21st birthday of his eldest daughter, Elizabeth.  But another Santorum girl, his youngest, Bella, who suffers from a rare, life-threatening genetic condition, was again taken ill while he was with his family. It was the second time this year that the 3-year-old had been hospitalized.

Santorum began his announcement, at what had been planned as a campaign speech in Gettysburg, Pa., by saying, “First and foremost, I want to thank everybody for the outpouring of prayers.”
He called this past weekend, in which his daughter, Bella, was hospitalized  “a passion play.”  Bella has now returned home, Santorum said. “She is a fighter and is doing exceptionally well and is back with us.”

However, Santorum said, his daughter’s recent illness “did cause us to pause and to think.”

“We made a decision at our kitchen table to get into this race, against all odds, and we made a decision at our kitchen table this past weekend to suspend this campaign,” Santorum told his supporters in Gettysburg.
He said his campaign “painted a hopeful positive vision for this country, how we can get this country turned around … We tried to address the hopes and fears of Americans, especially the hopes and dreams” of Americans.
He repeatedly thanked his supporters. “I want to thank God and thank all of you across this country for giving us a voice, a voice for the voiceless.”
Santorum had earlier called Romney to concede, Yahoo News reported.
Romney immediately released a statement:
“Sen. Santorum is an able and worthy competitor, and I congratulate him on the campaign he ran. 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.”
Santorum was a surprise as the last man standing in the bid to prevent Romney gaining the nomination. He had seen the campaigns of Rick Perry, Michele Bachmann and Herman Cain all fold after they had challenged the former Massachusetts governor in the polls.
With just former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Texas Rep. Ron Paul,  ­ who are both polling at 10 percent or less ­ left in the race, Romney now appears to have a clear run. He has already snapped up more than half the delegates needed to ensure his nomination at the Republican National Convention in Tampa in August.
“Rick has waged a remarkable campaign. His success is a testament to his tenacity and the power of conservative principles,” Gingrich said in a statement. “I am committed to staying in this race all the way to Tampa so that the conservative movement has a real choice.

“I humbly ask Sen. Santorum’s supporters to visit Newt.org to review my conservative record and join us as we bring these values to Tampa. We know well that only a conservative can protect life, defend the Constitution, restore jobs and growth and return to a balanced budget.”
Santorum’s third rival, Ron Paul, also issued a statement on the former senator’s decision: “Congratulations to Sen. Santorum on running such a spirited campaign. Dr. Paul is now the last – and real – conservative alternative to Mitt Romney. We plan to continue running hard, secure delegates, and press the fight for limited, constitutional government in Tampa.”
Santorum argued throughout that he was the only person with the conservative credentials to be able to go after President Barack Obama in the election.
He was particularly critical of Romney for signing a health care bill in Massachusetts which the administration says the president’s Affordable Care Act was based on.
But as Romney streaked ahead in the polls, Santorum has found himself under increased pressure to pull out of the race, especially as his lead in his home state has been eroded by Romney and the prospect of being embarrassed by a defeat in Pennsylvania could have made his mind up for him.

The choice in November is clear: incompetence and no leadership, or  competence and proven leadership!

I suppose the liberals will continue to support incompetence and lack of  leadership, but the other 80% of us will choose competence and leadership.

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7 Responses to “Rick Santorum Drops out of Presidential Race”

  1. I support competence and leadership. That is why I support Barack who has 3 more years of experience as president than Mitt ever will.

  2. What part of $15,618,640,279,582.93 in the hole do you not understand? And how is that any inkling of competence and leadership? BHO has nothing to run on, Economy – yeah right, ObamaCare – The SCOTUS is about to make that into Bird Cage Liner. Gas and Energy – $4.49 at the pump around here.

    The sad thing is he might win – just keep the worst, most incompetent and most immoral Government Official in history AG Eric Holder going around and trying to snuff out Voter ID and uphold open Immigration and yes Obama will absolutely win. Because the more people you have dependent on you the more votes you have and the more people who love and admire you.

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  5. Ferrell, are you ignorant? You think our debt is COMPLETELY by Obama? It has been there since Bush and the presidents before him. Stopping blaming it on one person and start looking at your entire Congress. I can stand you narrow minded “conservatives” who are so arrogant to think they are right about EVERYTHING. I pray to GOD Obama gets elected again, the last thing this country needs is another Right Wing Nazi.

  6. April 26,2012 I hate to say it but Newt”s websites must
    have been tampered with. I can’t get anything to write without being told sign in b ut
    you’ve got to read the 2 words. Please stay in the race Newt. They are messing with
    the numbers. I fear we willnot have an honest election this year!! Has anyone else had a
    problem. We The People are not stupid. Ihave to go to work like all good conservatives
    do. I would not put it past Obama to have it already in the bag,so to speak. It’s odd no one
    has ever asked who was in charge of doing Obama’s background investigation??!!! Also,
    how come no one is curious as to what his Czars are doing? They should have to make it
    public. Why so many? I got a lot more questions about our socialist (used to be called
    Communist) people he has lined up in the white house. got to run..more later

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