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. Monbois

    Uhmerican: The girl in green is Katniss' evil twin!!!

    April 10, 2012 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  2. Purnell Meagre

    The scariest of the Republican "candidates" since Rick Perry left the race. Ideologues have the potential for to create tremendous harm. Stantorum fits in that category to a T. THe only saving grace he possesses is the fact that he is so far out there woul be little chance for him to get elected to a position of real repsonsibility. I give thanks for President Obama and his intlligent, well controlled style of leading.

    April 10, 2012 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  3. Schizoid

    Gonna miss this looney, it was fun to watch. Can´t wait for the Obama vs. Romney dabate this summer, biggest poilitical circus ever!!!

    April 10, 2012 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  4. FRANK - LAS VEGAS

    It's about time! Does this mean that we're finally finished hearing his lies? Now if Newt would follow little Ricky's lead, actually this means that Newt will get many many more votes so I'm not looking for Newt to be dropping out any time soon. But little Ricky's main reason for dropping out now is that he knew he would loose his home state. He kept bragging about the people that new him best, his home state citizens would give him a big win. He obviously forgot that these are the same people, the ones who knew him best, are the same ones that voted him out of office, by an 18 point advantage.

    April 10, 2012 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  5. Jerry Huler

    About time. After blasting Romney all these months this joker will now turnaround and support him.
    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    April 10, 2012 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  6. larry patterson

    Rick should learn from this experience that when he gives a speech, he should leave his bobble head family off the stage. All that grinning and nodding is sickening. What a radical bafoon.

    April 10, 2012 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  7. Monbois

    Oh please! Santorum has some nerve trying to associate himself with Lincoln and professing to fight for liberty for all when his number one goal is the oppression of the down-trodden, and discriminating against anyone who's not a white, hetero, Christian male, preferably Catholic and even more peferably SUPER RICH!!!

    April 10, 2012 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  8. MyTake

    It's about time ... now he can go quietly into the night.

    April 10, 2012 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  9. The voice of reason

    If MItt was smart, get Tim Telbow as VP. The GOP sheep will go CRAZY!!

    April 10, 2012 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  10. Bob

    So...... STFU and get out, Ayatollah Santorumeni. No one needs your moralistic claptrap, boy.

    April 10, 2012 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  11. No More Hope and Change Obama

    @Uhmerican

    Just for the record, I am from Massachusetts and a democrat (Ted Kennedy & John Kerry girl). Romney was a good Governor for a Republican and I voted for Obama (even though I wanted Hillary). I simply cannot stomach 4 more years of Mr. Campaign not Govern, Mr. Hopeless and Changeless Obama. He divided this nation worse than W could have dreamed of doing. So you say they both were worthy, I say only one was Hillary and she (thanks to the media and a snazzy line of Hope and Change) lost.

    April 10, 2012 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  12. Another Day in the Idiot Mines

    And this is how it ends, not with a bang but a whimper. Rick wimped out as badly as Ron Paul. What a flaccid field of clown car candidates.

    April 10, 2012 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  13. Uhmerican

    Dems need to show up en masse at the polls in Nov. Do not leave anything in doubt, do not afford the opportunity for the cheaters to effect the results. Watch for voter supression to become more and more prevalent. Act now to ensure your able to vote.

    April 10, 2012 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  14. The Real Truth and Nothing But the The Real Truth

    Smart move Santorum. Your family, the party and your future political prospects are all better served by this decision.

    April 10, 2012 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  15. G

    Long live President Obama!!

    April 10, 2012 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  16. clevercandi

    will this election EVER be over????

    April 10, 2012 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  17. GonzoinHouston

    There goes my theory of him gathering the Christian Taliban wing and demanding the Veep slot. I wonder if a Deal has been made? We'll find out in Tampa.

    April 10, 2012 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  18. 1centFree

    Halleluyah!! Finally!! Time to shake the Etch-a-Skech!

    April 10, 2012 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  19. Brhino

    I hope his kid is ok.

    April 10, 2012 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  20. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Farewell, Ricko. You are gone, but not forgotten. Now you will have to come up with some other way to allow Josef Ratzinger to gain political control of the United States.
    All joking aside, I wish you well in whatever you do. Take care of Bella and let her know you will always love her. That is the most important job that we dads must do for our children.

    April 10, 2012 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  21. George

    Slick Rick was a scarier politician then even Bachmann. She is just plain nuts, Ricky is the great deceiver incarnate.

    April 10, 2012 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  22. AC

    Good riddance, I've actually vomit a few times after listening to the garbage coming out of your mouth. The world did not need to know that we have Talibans living here in our great country, you piece of trash has been an embarrasement!

    April 10, 2012 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  23. mjl6514

    what are we going to watch or do with ourselves??... No more hopeless politics from GOPers, no NFL, NBA almost over..
    Watch Santorum now say good things about Romney..... tic toc
    Now talk about what the current president inherited..... They ALL want him to wave a 'majic-wand' and fix everything in 3 years

    April 10, 2012 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  24. Justin

    Good riddance to bad rubbish. We'll say farewell to Romney in no time as well.

    April 10, 2012 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  25. stonewaller

    The reason this sanitorium ei; crazy fellow went this far is that the dems did it so th GOP said hey we can do that too.. its just crazy politics as usual Ol boy Mitt and his tea partying hipocrites blasted Obama for helping our Auto manufacturers get out of bankruptcy and now we have auto sales thru the roof people are buying . If Mitt would have his way we wouldnt have GM an Chrysler anymore. but our president knew that if you help out it will help everyone in he process.Mitt is a modern day scrooge.

    April 10, 2012 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
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