Romney responds to Santorum's suspended campaign
April 10th, 2012
02:48 PM ET
3 years ago

Romney responds to Santorum's suspended campaign

(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.

Also see:

Poll: Nearly three-quarters of Republicans see Romney as nominee

Romney: I speak with Gingrich more than Santorum

Romney campaign pulls negative ad while Santorum halts campaigning


Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Pennsylvania • Rick Santorum
soundoff (73 Responses)
  1. conoclast

    '...back on the path to prosperity', eh Rick? Prosperity for whom, the already-rich?
    Oh, I forgot: they're the "job creators". It'll just be another couple of trillion bucks and the jobs will flow again like wine, right?

    April 10, 2012 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  2. Peter

    you mean, the failures of the past decades since Reagan leading up to the culminating tanking of the economy due to unsound economic policies. Focusing on the past 3 years is just an anti-Obama move and nothing else and should be transparent to any American with a brain.

    April 10, 2012 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  3. Maxx

    Says the man who only knows how to run a dirty campaign.

    April 10, 2012 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  4. SUBS 4 VOTES

    Bring it on Willard. Saint Santorum is out and the rest of those losers will drop out soon. Shake your etch-a-sketch and tell us some new bs you've come up with.

    April 10, 2012 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  5. Vic

    Endorsement? After all that name calling? Please, I want a nice world.

    April 10, 2012 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  6. xcallousx

    I find it funny how Romney says "the failures of the last three years". I guess he forgot that the "failures" began long before three years ago when George Bush was President.

    April 10, 2012 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  7. Alisha

    Romney is an excellent parent, husband, has a solid education, a Harvard MBA/JD, international experience, and makes good decisions for good results. He lacks charisma at times, unless he is speaking of his family, faith and nation. Charisma doesn’t pay the bills. I know he will solve a lot of America's problems and what he lacks in charisma will be made up with results, he has been doing that his whole life.

    April 10, 2012 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  8. Brenda

    While I have always supported Mitt Romney, it's hard not to feel for Rick Santorum. He is doing the right thing for his family. You have to admit that he ran a fantastic campaign with few dollars and he made an attempt to connect with every possible voter.

    April 10, 2012 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  9. snowdogg

    Ah yes... all is forgiven in the name of party unity.

    April 10, 2012 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  10. Four and The Door

    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.
    _______________________________________________________________________________________________
    Americans are ready to get out of this partisan political mess that Washington has become in the past 3 years and just work together for national progress. Obama is not that guy. Not even close. We can do better.

    Romney/ Ryan 2012

    April 10, 2012 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  11. Dav

    Good bye Obama Nov 2012

    April 10, 2012 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  12. joeintyler

    Romney could possibly win if he was a Christian. Nobody will vote for a non-Christian.

    April 10, 2012 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  13. No More Hope and Change Obama

    Hey Dems, Easy to blame Bush but remember it was the Dems that ruled both the house and the Senate under Bush and it was only in 2010 when Republicans took back the house. The Senate is still Democratically ruled and under Obama spending has increased more than under all POTUS combined. So you all keep blaming Bush. It is getting old and stale. If that is the best Obama has....to bad so sad!!!

    Romney/Rubio 2012

    April 10, 2012 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  14. camelspyder

    In the event of Santorum demise, I personally know of many supporters that will now shift their support to Obama. Romney obviously thinks he will just automatically inherit Santorum supporters. He will find out exactly where they went come election day.

    April 10, 2012 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  15. vote the Tea Party OUT in 2012

    Karl Rove and his band of right wing haters are going to"hold their noses" and back Mitt Romney and one thing Rove is good at is using "fear and smear politics" with facts and honesty not being all that important. Along with their Pravada called FoxNews the attacks on not only the president but even his wife will begin. Get ready for an ugly campaign.

    April 10, 2012 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  16. Jake

    Bill: The president says the fate of ObamaCare should not be decided behind closed doors by a small group of people who were not even elected.

    Bob: Remind me Bill, what is Obamacare?

    Bill: Oh, it's Obama's plan to have ALL our fates decided behind closed doors by a small group of people who were not even elected.

    April 10, 2012 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  17. Four and The Door

    xcallousx
    I find it funny how Romney says "the failures of the last three years". I guess he forgot that the "failures" began long before three years ago when George Bush was President.
    _________________________________________________________________________________________________
    I'm glad to see at least you agree that the last three years have been a failure. We could talk all day about GWB's influence, but Obama is the only one of the two who is trying to get re-elected. GWB was taken down by something Obama will never need to worry about. Term limits.

    Romney/ Ryan 2012

    April 10, 2012 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  18. Brian

    Anyone who thinks the last 3 years were successful for Obama is fooling themselves. Every metric is worse than it was prior to Obama. Nearly $1 trillion stimulus – and what were the results? . What happened to hope and change? Zip. Things have gotten worse. Expect more of the same from Obama in another term. This time, let's hope FOR change. Socialism under Obama would hurt everyone.

    April 10, 2012 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  19. angryoldguy

    How about the failures of the last 11 years? Hmmmmm? As to Mr. Santorum, he will be offered the VP spot to appease the evangelical right & tea party just as Reagan made Bush his sidekick in 1980 to appease the moderate wing of the GOP back then. Will it work? maybe. The American electorate can be awfully guilble at times!

    April 10, 2012 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  20. BI

    Why can't democrats ever take any responsibility? It's not that I believe Bush had a great presidency, but I haven't heard him bickering about Clinton not even once. Obama needs to understand he can not keep blaming Bush forever, it's time to stand for his presidency, it's getting late...

    April 10, 2012 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  21. Randy, San Francisco

    Not looking forward to the additional months of negative ads and personal attacks by Team Romney on the president.

    April 10, 2012 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  22. shadgerami

    Obama has been a total disaster for our country and big stain on our consciousness........ashamed to be an American .....

    April 10, 2012 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  23. NeedNewGov

    If Mittens becomes President then I really will believe that the world will end on December 21, 2012.

    April 10, 2012 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  24. Rupert

    Man – the right wingers really get out-numbered by the Libs on all these comment boards...must because the Republicans are actualy working so they can continue provide for those that don't feel like working.

    April 10, 2012 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  25. USA

    Go MITTENS : )

    April 10, 2012 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
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