(CNN) – Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney released a statement shortly after opponent Rick Santorum announced a suspension to his campaign on Tuesday, praising Santorum for his presidential bid.
"Senator 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," Romney said in the statement.
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Santorum spoke to Romney prior to his announcement Tuesday, according to a Republican source, but did not mention Romney in his speech.
An endorsement of Romney, however, "is not a inevitability," Santorum's spokesman Hogan Gidley told CNN.
He added Romney's campaign reached out to Santorum's team to schedule a meeting and discuss a possible endorsement.
"Mitt would like it to happen sooner rather than later," Gidley said.
– CNN Anchor Ashleigh Banfield contributed to this report.
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Aaaw, Plankton is soo nice to the Ayatollah Gary.
Oh, so how he praises Santorum after putting out all those negative ads against him–only because he has suspended his campaign.
Bask in the light for a little longer, Mitt, before it all goes dark in November.
Back to prosperity, huh? Seems to me that Mitt and his crowd did fairly well for themselves this past decade - all things considered.
Santorum was neither worthy nor able. Had he been, he would not have suspended his campaign efforts. He'd have it sown up by now. Come to think of it, there isn't a single "worthy and able" GOP candidate yet.. except Ron Paul, and he is be blatantly excluded and defrauded out of it.
Mr. Crabs is probably giddy with excitement.
I Bishop Romey Have been officilay bought & paid for by the Kochs & Rove & Big Oil & I will do everything in my power to Surpress the votes of MILLIONS of the disabled, Hispanics, blacks, the poor , the Elderly & any other Democrat that cant keep up with my changing of thr rules when it comes to voting. Just caus you have a voter registration card I Willard & the kochs believe that is not good enough. I Mr Personality will do whatever it takes to take away the rights & voices of Americans & their right to step up all in that booth. I will MARVELOUSLY steal this election by CHEATING. GO COLOR OF CHANGE!!!!
Well done, Sen. Santorum! Now Republican Party can finally unite to prepare for the ugly general election battle so that we can defeat Pres. Obama in November.
And now Romoney can devote all his time and money avoiding his own record while spreading lies and his false fantasy of who our President is.
Now Mittens can stop pandering to the teavangelicals and go back to being a liberal.
Just couldn't resist lobbing a grenade at President Obama could you ol' Mitt
mr. stiff you are such a hypocrite,
If your dumb enough to beleave the republican propaganda when they keep saying the last four years of failed policy they can add their last eight years of failed policy to that and maybe figuer out that republican idiot economic policy caused the whole mess, republican clowns have no chance in Nov, we still remember who caused the credit downgrade and obstructionism, republican clowns!!!
all that money wasted on those negative ads Mitt had all lined up. Too bad.
This is the best the GOP can come up with? Latest polls Obama leads in all of them.
Romney is such a joke and a deceitful human being.
this is the funniest thing ever. now mitt says what a great guy rick is and rick says what a 'worthy' candidate mitt is. 24 hours ago they hated each other. politics really DO make strange bedfellows. and oh yeah...rick...don't let the door hit you in the a$$ on the way out. loser
Santorum should open his own church, he'd make a good preacher in the church.
And now on to the main event! Let's toss that sociailist failure out of the Whitehouse and get this country rolling again with a sound financial plan. Time to open the checkbook and send Romney some more support.
"We both recognize that the only play the GOP has left is to bad-mouth Obama with every breath," Romney said in the statement.
Are you kidding me? So sincere, I almost cried.
Santorum about Mitt Romney:
"This is someone who doesn't have a core. He's been on both sides of almost every single issue in the past ten years."
– – That's fellow republican Rick Santorum basically calling Rmoney a grand opportunist and liar.
Of course he will "endorse" him later but here you get the truth for once.
Spoken with sincerity, I'm sure. Time to shake the Etch-a-Sketch, Mittens, you have that issue with women, so get out there and let them know how much you respect their right to choose. Oh wait....no, that would blow it with the fringie righties that you need on your side. Oh my, what a pickle you are in!
The whole Repubican party is a failuare.
The past three years has been the clean of the Bush and GOP mess they made. Housing, Iraq and spending like a bunch of drunks.
Now they want to blame all the mess on Obama like he could instantly fix things. It takes time and things are slowly improving.
There goes my republican vote. There was no way I was going to vote for Romney, he is not a true conservative and flip flopped way too much.