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. ron

    LOL. The lines are finally drawn! Now, all those Evangelicals can decide to vote for the black Christian or the white Mormon. Must be driving them crazy. Race or religion??? Whatever will they do?! LOL

    April 10, 2012 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  2. walkthetalk2

    Only thing that's sad is that we don't get to see his hot virgin daughters. Boo!

    April 10, 2012 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  3. 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 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  4. Mike B

    Somebody's afraid of losing his home state.

    April 10, 2012 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  5. Uhmerican

    Hmm...The Advocate puts him on the cover, and the next day....this. Coincidence?

    April 10, 2012 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  6. byran

    Santorum should of gave it up 2 monthes ago and got behind Romney... It's obvious that Romney is rich and successful but who better to run a country then a man who knows how to make money ? B.O. could be likened to a ditch digging laborer being hired as an electrician.....

    April 10, 2012 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  7. People IsStupid

    Good bye American Taliban! Don't feel the need to check back in over the next few months.

    April 10, 2012 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  8. bstump

    Haha, you're all assuming that Santorum was the candidate to beat Obama. Ron Paul will destroy him. RON PAUL 2012!

    April 10, 2012 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  9. Monbois

    Ding! Dong! The Creep is Gone!

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

    People like Santorum are why we need separation of church and state.

    April 10, 2012 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  11. thank you, Rick

    You did this country a favor. A weak morass of people so timid and afraid to stand up for moral values that they label you an Ayatollah. Thank you for your bravery to persevere. And very smart move. You got issues heard and ran a clean campaign, more than most can say. Not your fault America prefers immorality. Hopefully they will see Mitt's economic savvy and values beat Obama's socialism and rampant liberalism any day.

    April 10, 2012 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  12. Zenichi-Maro

    Well, I do hope that it's not because his daughter's health is deteriorating. I don't like much about Santorum, but as a father, I respect the hell out of him for being a dad. Glad there's one less Taliban to worry about in the GOP race, though!

    April 10, 2012 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  13. Michael Vick©™

    I hope he will now support Newt Gingrich. Maybe the game is not over yet.

    April 10, 2012 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  14. bstump

    Everyone has forgotten about Ron Paul... RON PAUL 2012!

    April 10, 2012 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  15. Dr. Web

    Thank goodness. America just became a little safer.

    Now that there is less of a chance of a Republican/Tea Party theocracy, let's pass legislation requiring that candidates pass an intelligence test before they can run for office. Then we won't have to worry about the Palins and Santorums and Bachmanns of the world.

    April 10, 2012 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  16. Sirned

    Well at least we knew what kind of nut job Rick was.... Mitt is sneaky and much harder to shed light on his real motives whatever they are ......and vision for this country other than just looooooving rich people....

    April 10, 2012 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  17. Jeff in DC

    Thank God for that. Hopefully Governor Romney never enters the bat guano crazy former Senator in the Veepstakes.

    April 10, 2012 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  18. blucky

    as much as he's an right winged extremist, war loving, gay hating, ect.... I think it's the smart thing to do considering he has a sick child which I'm sure is the factor on this decision. I pray that his little girl gets better. You don't wish that on anyone, even your worst enemy.

    April 10, 2012 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  19. Uhmerican

    Dems need to show up in large numbers to the polls this year. Do not leave anything in doubt. Go Obama!

    April 10, 2012 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  20. R Hutson

    what wonderful news.The race is over.Now if Mitt will do the same we all can have a summer into falll without the distracting 'election'........just 4 more years of our gift from the gods'Obama

    April 10, 2012 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  21. Andy_txn

    And the race is on for Romney to get back to the middle (gasp) left of middle. The etch-a-sketch is being shaken very vigorously . Women, Hispanics, Blacks, you are soon to have a best buddy.

    April 10, 2012 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  22. Alger Dave

    He fought a valiant fight. I'm very concerned that other social conservatives like myself won't warm up to Romney, who most of us consider untrustworthy. Not sure how Romney will convince me and others how he's suddenly not untrustworthy but I guess he'll have his chance. I also don't see Santorum as the running mate, as I doubt he'd be interested in that under Romney. Too many negatives for Romney (uber-rich, out of touch, member of a cult, flip-flopper, and the list goes on and on). I don't see him winning or myself voting for him.

    April 10, 2012 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  23. Adam

    The American people appreciate your "suspending" your campiagn. Now you can wake up and realize that your views and values are out of touch with average Americans. You gave Romney a gift by getting out, but it isn't going to matter much at all. Romney, like Bob Dole and John McCain are the best the Republicans can do, and they are pitiful.

    April 10, 2012 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  24. Bookldy209

    Although I have compassion for their daughter's health issues, I do have to say thank goodness. He would have set back women and education decades. Just plain scary that someone so backward-thinking can be a major player. No matter what is said at the news conference, you know that powers behind the strings were saying it was time to focus on one GOP candidate.

    April 10, 2012 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  25. Dan

    deadlypleasure,

    Why would you make that comment? Obama leads Santorum by FAR more than he leads Romney, it would actually help Obama to have Santorum get the nomination, as Santorum will be much easier to beat.

    April 10, 2012 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
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