BREAKING: Santorum to suspend campaign
April 10th, 2012
02:04 PM ET
3 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. NFLD thought

    And there is my surprised look. he was never in it to begin with. There is no way a righ-winged religious fanatic who believes that Church trumps State would ever stand a chance.
    Not sure how he ever got this far.

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

    Best news I have heard today! Yea!

    April 10, 2012 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    there is something very appropriate about this. It's the first time i am agreeing with this nut case. Now I do not have to be concerned about religious law governing. Oh there is a GOD!

    April 10, 2012 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  4. Lucas

    Good riddance, Ayatollah Santorum!

    April 10, 2012 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  5. Woo Hoo

    Welp, Gingrich is next.

    April 10, 2012 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  6. Man amongst children

    See YA! Reality Bites, unless you are the citizens of the USA, who can sleep better at night knowing he won't be POTUS.

    April 10, 2012 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  7. Arden30

    Who cares! Better to leave now than wasting people's money on dead campaigns.

    April 10, 2012 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  8. CLM

    I hope it's because his daughter needs his attention to be well. I do wonder why he doesn't just end the campaign and put all his money and support behind Romney in order to defeat Obama in the fall. Also, if Newt would do so.
    Be well Bella!

    April 10, 2012 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  9. LouAz

    He thinks the Poop will ask him to fill in for him as he is tired and needs a break. Sanctimonious Santorum really wants to be the Poop, and was just doing the POTUS bit as a stepping stone. Halle Julia !

    April 10, 2012 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  10. mms55

    i wish he'd take the rest of these losers with him.OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    April 10, 2012 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  11. Unknown

    Close the door behind you!

    April 10, 2012 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  12. intothemoonbeam

    Santorum hates women

    April 10, 2012 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  13. The Truth Hurts

    He knows he would have lost Pennsylvania and wanted to save face.

    April 10, 2012 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  14. RLee

    Well there's a surprise! NOT!

    April 10, 2012 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  15. Rich the Iowan

    aw man, I still have lots of great santorum material lined up, too.

    April 10, 2012 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  16. souptwins

    I'd be seriously surprised if Santorum is invited to have anything to do with the Romney campaign much less VP.

    April 10, 2012 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  17. Uniblob

    Drats!! Would have liked to see this clown as the nominee.

    April 10, 2012 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  18. blf83

    Just as late as Sarah Palin – and just as crazy a campaign.

    April 10, 2012 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  19. Arden30

    Obama forever!

    April 10, 2012 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  20. Ron

    I guess God was wrong about his viability huh?

    April 10, 2012 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  21. Cris

    Hey, I'm not a fan of the man, but his mind is on more important matters right now. Cut him some serious slack.

    April 10, 2012 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  22. LouAz

    He thinks the Pop will ask him to fill in for him as he is tired and needs a break. Sanctimonious Santorum really wants to be the Pop, and was just doing the POTUS bit as a stepping stone. Halle Julia !

    April 10, 2012 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  23. Bill

    1 down, 1 more to go. GoBama!

    April 10, 2012 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  24. KeyWester

    Logic: Not unless Romney wants to be absolutely certain that he will lose.

    April 10, 2012 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  25. joestecco

    @Independent Voters.. Obama will not win in a landslide. Most intelligent people can see how badly he and the libtards in congress have screwed up this country.. Four more years of Obama will put the final nails in the coffin of the USA. God help us if he wins another 4 years!

    April 10, 2012 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
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