April 13th, 2012
04:30 PM ET
2 years ago

Santorum: Daughter, Bella, now lifetime NRA member

(CNN) – Rick Santorum unveiled some new details about his three-year-old daughter, Bella, while speaking at the National Rifle Association's annual meeting in St. Louis on Friday.

"(My wife) Karen and I are life members of the NRA, and we wanted to announce today that…now Bella is a life member of the NRA, too," Santorum said. "I hope it is a long life."

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Santorum suspended his GOP presidential bid on Tuesday after spending the weekend in the hospital with Bella, who suffers from a serious chromosomal condition that interferes with development. Half of patients born with the condition, Trisomy 18, do not survive past the first week of life, according to the National Institutes of Health.

The former Pennsylvania senator cited family reasons as a major factor for leaving the race Tuesday, but has since pointed to finances and political strategy, as well.

Appealing to his audience Friday, Santorum also touched on other members of his family who share a passion for the Second Amendment.

"When it comes to gun rights advocates I have to say I don't hold a candle to my wife," Santorum said. "I am hunter and I am a gun owner, but she owns way more guns than I do."

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Filed under: 2012 • NRA • Rick Santorum
soundoff (86 Responses)
  1. Jacqui

    I never thought I would say this of another human being, but he is an idiot.

    April 14, 2012 08:02 am at 8:02 am |
  2. GI Joe

    A sick child with a loaded gun - what could go wrong, Slick Rick?

    April 14, 2012 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  3. GI Joe

    I just had to look up the cost - it's cheap until April 30th. See below:
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    The NRA is offering a $300 Lifetime Membership through April 30. ... this is one heck of a deal considering I believe the normal price is ...

    NRA Lifetime Memberships $300 ( Regular Price $1000 ) 2012‎ – Feb 1, 2011
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    Stop feeding your children now and run right out and purchase one. Better yet, leave your sick child with a nanny and go campaign somewhere.

    April 14, 2012 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  4. T in Dallas

    NRA membership card goes along fine with her klan membership.

    April 14, 2012 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  5. T in Dallas

    Is this guy still campaigning? What a gift to give to your sickly child...lifetime membership to NRA and he said he "hopes" it is a long life. Where is your faith Rick? Real fathers pray for their children, not pimp them out to the NRA for political gain.

    April 14, 2012 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  6. Dvet

    He is going to be the V.P. At least that is what he wants.

    April 14, 2012 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  7. T in Dallas

    Why is the GOP baiting people with the NRA? Oh yea, that GOP lie that Pres. Obama is going to take your guns away..hmm 4 years in office and you still got them...sounds like fear and lies to me about the President. This stun is only to drum up money for the NRA to defend George Zimmerman. Why use their money when they can drum up a member drive to have the same effect.

    April 14, 2012 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  8. marty

    The nation is finally learning why Pennsylvanians ... dramatically... threw Rick Santorum out of office.

    April 14, 2012 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  9. Randy, San Francisco

    Bella should have a say in this...at a later age. Figures a Taliban American father like Santorum would dictate his will on a daughter.

    April 14, 2012 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  10. Bessy

    This man is a real " sick-o ". He has used this child for sympathy, to drop out of the race and now to pander to the NRA. Anyone who would vote for him, for anything, is just an idiot. Thank heaven the people in Pa. knew him as an idiot and got rid of him before he did any more damage in their state.

    April 14, 2012 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  11. Sorensen

    NRA and home-schooling and god knows what other stupid thing this poor child has to go through.
    Very sick parenting.

    April 14, 2012 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
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