BREAKING: Santorum to suspend campaign
April 10th, 2012
02:04 PM ET
2 years ago

BREAKING: Santorum to suspend campaign

(CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum will announce he will suspend his campaign on Tuesday at an event in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, a senior adviser to the campaign told CNN.

Santorum spoke to GOP presidential front-runner Mitt Romney prior to his expected announcement, according to a Republican source.

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An additional source told CNN that Santorum, his wife, and campaign manager held a conference call with staff Tuesday, advising them not to grow discouraged.

"We are going to stay involved and stay active in the next couple of months," Santorum said, according to the source.

Another source said family and political reasons are major factors for Santorum's decision, adding that the candidate will lay out explicit reasons in the press conference.

The announcement comes after the former Pennsylvania senator took a four-day break from the campaign to spend time with his hospitalized three-year-old daughter, who suffers from a serious chromosomal condition that interferes with development.

His daughter, Bella, was released from the hospital late Monday night.

Santorum launched his presidential bid on June 6.

– CNN Political Reporters Peter Hamby and Shannon Travis contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2012 • Pennsylvania • Rick Santorum
soundoff (208 Responses)
  1. Independent Voters

    Thank God and take Newt with you. I hope president Obama win by a landslide.

    April 10, 2012 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  2. Logic

    Wait.. does this mean he's been asked to be Romney's running mate?

    April 10, 2012 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  3. Lynda/Minnesota

    Can't imagine what ever gave him the idea he was a viable candidate to begin with. Good luck running Mitt Romney GOPers.

    Obama/Biden

    April 10, 2012 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  4. abbydelabbey

    Has he finally figured out that the American people don't want a Catholic Christian version of the Ayatollah?

    April 10, 2012 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  5. terry

    Oh happy day..., oh happy day!

    April 10, 2012 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  6. KeyWester

    Thank God for that.

    April 10, 2012 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  7. ptw

    Santorum is "suspending his campaign" sort of like a guy finally breaking up with his GF who already left him to move in with another man a month ago.

    April 10, 2012 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  8. Liberty for all

    RON PAUL 2012!
    Why wouldn't you want to hear the truth?

    April 10, 2012 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  9. Nathan

    aka his internal polling told him he would lose his home state of Penn and be embarrassed and minimized within the party. He'll say of course he got out for the good of the GOP but the truth is he got out because he still wants to matter somehow

    April 10, 2012 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  10. once upon a horse

    well so much for that brokered convention in Tampa..UNLESS of course Newt still hangs around

    April 10, 2012 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  11. Nobama

    Salute to Sen. Santorum: GOP need to unite around Mitt to focus our most intense fire on Obama!!!

    April 10, 2012 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  12. cali girl

    Wow, bye bye Santo. for now.

    April 10, 2012 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  13. DeeNYC

    I smell controversy! He's probably trying to see how to handle the coming storm.

    April 10, 2012 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  14. Damian X

    good riddance to bad rubbish!!!!!!

    April 10, 2012 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  15. drumcode

    Ran out of money huh? FY!

    April 10, 2012 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  16. Voice of Reason

    Finally! It makes more room for Ron Paul to pull ahead!

    /snark

    April 10, 2012 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  17. Vern

    I hope it is to spend more time with his Daughter. My respect for you has come up a couple of clicks if this is the case. Peace to you and your Family Rick.

    April 10, 2012 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  18. E N

    There is a God.

    April 10, 2012 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  19. Jonnyboiler

    I wonder if he'll vote for Obama. He said Romney would be worse than Obama. I don't think it would be breaking news though if we found out he's a liar.

    April 10, 2012 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  20. SantorumIsDone

    OMG that is fantastic! I'm glad this uber right wing nut is out of the race. Nobody wanted his 16th century views of the world anyway.

    April 10, 2012 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  21. ConcernedRepub

    Finally someone has gotten some sense into his head. Romney 2012!

    April 10, 2012 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  22. Jeff

    Sweet! Now Romney can focus on crushing Obama.

    April 10, 2012 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  23. freedomdem

    yeah.........christian taliban leader is stepping down!!!!!!!!!!

    April 10, 2012 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  24. dd

    well no chit...everyone has known it will be romney....so what....obama or romney, either way we are all screwed...who cares anymore?....um just the media and a few extreme party loving whackos.

    April 10, 2012 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  25. Matthew Kilburn

    Good news for the GOP, particularly us Romney supporters.

    I just hope it isn't related to his daughter's medical condition.

    April 10, 2012 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
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