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. deadlypleasure

    YES! now Obama will win easily.

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

    Bout time

    April 10, 2012 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  3. Whynot11

    This probably may have something to do with his daughter. Most likely it is about Romney being too much of a Republican force.

    Even though I strongly disagree with him and almost all his stances, I do wish him well.

    April 10, 2012 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  4. PA Dem

    Hopefully this does not mean that there are major problems with his daughter. Family first, politics last.

    I am not a Santorum fan, but I can be empathetic about family health problems...

    April 10, 2012 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  5. Common sense grandma

    No, it means his daughter's illness (and my heart goes out to them on that) gave him an opportunity for a graceful exit. He and his family have my best wishes for their daughter, but as for the Reverend Ricky candidacy, I am glad to see him go.

    April 10, 2012 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  6. Jason

    Thank goodness, I was tired of hearing the non-sense out of this persons mouth...what year was he stuck in?

    April 10, 2012 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  7. Kim

    Nobody's going to vote for a man who thinks life starts at erection! This is great news! Santorum finally got the message.

    April 10, 2012 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  8. ouisee

    Hip, Hip, Hooray! Another one bites the dusk. Now if Newt would learn from Santorum this would be a good day for the Repub. However, Newt is not that smart. He is still sleeping 13 hours a day and dreaming of moon dust, or maybe he is sniffing it.

    April 10, 2012 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  9. deadlypleasure

    Now Obama will be able to win this very easily. lol
    I love the Republicans, they're just hilarious. <3

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

    Thank the spaghetti monster! May he join his blessed god as soon as possible and never grace humanity again!!!!!

    April 10, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  11. Gurgyl

    Obama and democrats win landslide. No one in right mind votes for "flip-flop". Obama did a lot good for this nation. Gl alive, Bin Laden killed. Debt created by 2wars and trickle down nonsense.

    April 10, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  12. Alex in Wisconsin

    Well with his daughter just getting out of the hospital, this provides him the best chance to get out of the rest with his pride intact. getting stomped in Pa would have been devastating enough but just quitting wouldn't have been good either. The timing of his exit means he is now in position for 2016.

    April 10, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  13. commonsense

    Wow! Maybe there really is a God.....

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

    The Republicans have really done themselves an enormous amount of harm by allowing this primary race to go on as long as it has, and to let the rhetoric get as ugly as it has gotten. They've advanced Obama's chances dramatically.

    April 10, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  15. Democracy FAIL

    NOOOOO! Gingrich needed to drop out and Santorum needed to stay in to keep this show going!

    April 10, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  16. Michael Vick©™

    When you run out of money, it's GAME OVER MAN !

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

    He should have done this a while ago. His family needs him, we don't.

    April 10, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  18. walkthetalk2

    Finally! You are not Jesus. Go home. Thanks for playing, bible boy.

    April 10, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  19. Steph E.

    Sooooo long, surprised you made it this far???

    April 10, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  20. III

    Santorum wants to force rape victims to have their attacker's child.
    He also calls contraception dangerous and is ok with it being illegal.
    People like Santorum are why we need separation of church and state.

    April 10, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  21. Dan

    Can you say third party candidate come next years election, I think so.

    April 10, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  22. Beylous

    Gettysburg is awesome! I loved it there, friendliest place I've ever been. When I go to the US on vacation again I'm definitely going there. I mean c'mon, you can STILL walk around the battlefields and find old bullets laying around.

    April 10, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  23. semper fi

    Prayers for Bella.

    April 10, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  24. RJ1008

    I am tired of this blabbering idiot. Good that I don't have to listen to this moron anymore. He can go back to his cave, don the KKK hood and give Taliban speeches to his local followers now.

    April 10, 2012 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  25. Cmb

    Hah, if Romney makes Rick his running mate, then he can say good bye to his campaign. If Romney wants a chance, he's going to need a republican who's more liberal. We already know that conservatives an creationlists wil never survive

    April 10, 2012 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
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