Washington (CNN) – The Family Research Council's Tony Perkins, a leading social conservative, tells CNN that conservative activists are so unenthusiastic about Mitt Romney, many are likely to turn their grass roots efforts away from the presidential race and towards Congress – specifically, putting the Senate in Republican hands.
"It's difficult for us to back a candidate our constituents don't believe in and aren't excited about," Perkins said in a telephone interview, speaking about Romney.
CNN's GUT CHECK | for April 10, 2012 | 5 p.m.
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DEVELOPING: Rick Santorum bows out of the presidential race at an event in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, leaving Mitt Romney’s path to the Republican nomination almost unhindered.
Santorum made no mention of Romney in his speech but did pledge to help defeat Barack Obama in November. According to reporting by CNN’s Shawna Shepherd, Santorum spoke to Romney before addressing the media and Romney requested a meeting in the near future. Santorum campaign spokesman Hogan Gidley told CNN’s Ashleigh Banfield that a Romney endorsement “is not a inevitability.”
(CNN) – A conservative political action committee on Tuesday announced plans to spend $1.7 million in a half-dozen battleground states criticizing President Barack Obama's energy policy.
"No matter how Obama spins it, gas costs too much," a narrator says in the Crossroads GPS ad. It also hits him for claiming increased domestic oil production and for claiming credit for decisions made under the administration of President George W. Bush.
(CNN) – Evangelical activist Michael Farris was not exactly surprised that Rick Santorum suspended his campaign on Tuesday. But that doesn't mean that Farris, a longtime political organizer, knows what he's supposed to do now.
"Right now my choice is to sit on my hands and do nothing or to actively try to find some alternative" to Mitt Romney, Farris said in an interview shortly after Santorum's announcement.FULL STORY
(CNN) - President Barack Obama's re-election campaign focused on Mitt Romney when weighing in on Rick Santorum's decision to suspend his campaign Tuesday.
"It's no surprise that Mitt Romney finally was able to grind down his opponents under an avalanche of negative ads. But neither he nor his special interest allies will be able to buy the presidency with their negative attacks," campaign manager Jim Messina said in a statement.
Washington (CNN) - Conservative challenger Rick Santorum announced Tuesday that he is suspending his Republican presidential campaign after a weekend of "prayer and thought," effectively ceding the GOP nomination to front-runner Mitt Romney.
Santorum made his announcement after the weekend hospitalization of his 3-year-old daughter Isabella, and in the face of tightening poll numbers in Pennsylvania - the state he represented as a U.S. senator - ahead of the April 24 primary.FULL STORY
(CNN) - Leading Republicans responded to news of Rick Santorum suspending his presidential campaign Tuesday, mostly praising the candidate for making the decision that essentially clears the way for Mitt Romney to soon clinch the GOP nomination.
"Today, Senator Santorum has made a commendable decision. He has decided to put his country, party, and desire to defeat President Obama ahead of any personal ambition. I applaud his decision and congratulate him on the campaign he has run," Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, said in a statement.
New York (CNNMoney) - President Obama made another push for his proposed Buffett Rule in a speech Tuesday in Florida.
His address came on the heels of a White House report that laid out its case, arguing that the Buffett Rule would make the tax code fairer and make it harder for the very rich to lower their tax bills.FULL STORY
(CNN) - After Rick Santorum ended his White House bid on Tuesday, Ron Paul's campaign praised the former Pennsylvania senator, but said Paul did not have plans to follow suit.
"Congratulations to Senator Santorum on running such a spirited campaign. Dr. Paul is now the last – and real – conservative alternative to Mitt Romney," Jesse Benton, Paul's campaign chairman, said in a statement.