Santorum suspends campaign, clearing Romney's path
April 10th, 2012
04:14 PM ET
3 years ago

Santorum suspends campaign, clearing Romney's path

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.

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  1. s

    Nobody missed you, should be a sign to you

    April 10, 2012 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  2. Larry L

    He's wasting his time. The Koch brothers will spend whatever it takes to get their lap-dog the nomination. Their real challenge will be to make everybody forget the many, many differing positions Mr. Etch-A-Sketch has taken on healthcare, women's health, Social Security, the auto industry, imigration, taxes, energy, and a host of other issues.

    April 10, 2012 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  3. NVa Native

    Santanorum is lucky to be so wealthy and to have excellent govt. health care that he can take care of a child with severe health issues.

    April 10, 2012 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  4. Thomas

    What a ride the GOP has been . The crazy Lady , The Pizza Man , The Gay Texan Governor . The Tiffany's Intellectual , and Rick the Angry Guy .

    I guess I will be voting for the Father who's five sons avoided volunteering for military service in times of war , Mitt Romney .

    April 10, 2012 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  5. DJ

    We are all very happy that Rick is back on the campaign trail, and his beautiful daughter Bella is back home from the hosptial. Millions of Americans still support and believe you can still win and be a strong voice for the conservative and moderate American people.

    Don't give up because anything can happen....

    April 10, 2012 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  6. NameJohn

    Sorry but I just cannot stand this guy!!!!

    April 10, 2012 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  7. rs

    Proof of insanity in action. Meanwhile Santorum continues doing a great job of convincing Americans that the GOP has lost its collective mind. I suppose the one advantage of allowing Santorum within 10 feet of a microphone is that it almost makes Mr. Romney sound reasonable.

    April 10, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    There he is! That's the Ayatollah Santorum, showing off the thumb he uses to thumb his nose at the First Amendment's separation of church and state. Big thumb's up Ricky!!!

    April 10, 2012 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |