Romney responds to Santorum's suspended campaign
April 10th, 2012
02:48 PM ET
11 years ago

Romney responds to Santorum's suspended campaign

(CNN) - Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney released a statement shortly after opponent Rick Santorum announced a suspension to his campaign on Tuesday, praising Santorum for his presidential bid.

"Senator Santorum is an able and worthy competitor, and I congratulate him on the campaign he ran. He has proven himself to be an important voice in our party and in the nation. We both recognize that what is most important is putting the failures of the last three years behind us and setting America back on the path to prosperity," Romney said in the statement.

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Santorum spoke to Romney prior to his announcement Tuesday, according to a Republican source, but did not mention Romney in his speech.

An endorsement of Romney, however, "is not a inevitability," Santorum's spokesman Hogan Gidley told CNN.

He added Romney's campaign reached out to Santorum's team to schedule a meeting and discuss a possible endorsement.

"Mitt would like it to happen sooner rather than later," Gidley said.

- CNN Anchor Ashleigh Banfield contributed to this report.

Also see:

Poll: Nearly three-quarters of Republicans see Romney as nominee

Romney: I speak with Gingrich more than Santorum

Romney campaign pulls negative ad while Santorum halts campaigning

Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Pennsylvania • Rick Santorum
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  1. blave

    How can you dems be so much in a fog about how the country is progressing.How are your freedoms doing if you don't broccoli you will when It's forced on you.ha ha.Class warfare any one oh It's the bad rich guy who gets out of bed 6 days a week to pay for all of your gas.heat.housing health care cause its only fair.How's solindra any solar panels left after bankruptcy .Last let me know when your windmill blows you to work and back.Go mitt all the way.

    April 10, 2012 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  2. mackd

    Ron Paul the only true American choice just cuz a prez. Black down mean he a good prez

    April 10, 2012 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  3. fineartguru

    Romney was the worst governor we had in Massachusetts; he was never here. When he ran for the presidency the first time, he was asked why his five son's never served their country. His answer was they are serving by working on his campaign. He later apologized, but that's the way this fellow thinks. Ex-President Bush along with his VP should have stood trial for lying to Congress and the American population about the phoney war and the outting of the CIA agent which has compromised our national security for many years to come. It was Bush that destroyed our economy over the course of eight years.

    April 10, 2012 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  4. Independent

    Maxx – How soon you have forgotten the dirty campaign Obama ran against Hillary! Obama showed all the others how to do it. Is medium term memory loss a prerequisite to be a Democrat? lol

    April 10, 2012 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  5. Mari Vila

    I have Deja Vú listening to Obama is like listening to a speech from Jimmy Carter. We had 1 Loser now comes the 2nd. Too bad our first black President – had to be so God awful bad. No Leadership. But hey he always voted "Present" when he was a Senator. This Country is and always will be Center right. Not Left Not Right. Thus, the drastic change in November, 2010. Attorney General Eric Holder is blocking states from requiring photo ids to vote, yet this video shows someone just saying he is Eric Holder and being offered a ballot to vote without an id in DC. – UNBELIEVABLE!!!. For those that support Obama – be careful what you wish for!
    US Attorney General Eric Holder's Ballot to Vote Offered to Total Stranger

    April 10, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  6. grive

    who cares what these canadites have to say. until they can find a viable canadate that isnt so radical with there ideas, and willing to represent the majority and the minority instead of the party. they will never get my vote. i still havent heard how they think there ideas will help improve the already improving econmy. oh i guess i have the trickle down effect. that seemed to work last time

    April 10, 2012 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  7. Sorensen

    What a bunch of dishonest, intellectually embarrassing, idiotic drivel. Typical for Romney and everything he stands for
    for the moment, until he changes his feeble mind again.

    April 10, 2012 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  8. terry

    I hate the fact that President Obama is being persecuted more than any other President just because of the color of his skin....sickening....I don't hear any of the candidates opposing the hatred in this country....turn a blind eye seems like the fortae for them... RIP T. Martin

    April 10, 2012 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  9. Independent

    xcallousx – People voted Obama into power to correct those failures but the incompetent one has made an utter mess of it. Romney has a tuff job of cleaning it up and he is the only guy who is capable of doing it. Keep on blaming Bush till November when the voters boot Obama out.

    April 10, 2012 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  10. Obamajoe

    "job creators",,,,,,,,ooh ,come on,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

    founding fathers of America are real "job creators"

    not just greedy richer,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

    April 10, 2012 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  11. Northernstar

    "The failure of Reagan policies" ? I am sorry; was that before or after CARTER ran the country into the ground spiritually and economically. The high interest & inflation rates in modern history. Can anyone imagine "4 more years" of a Carter presidency !? People where saying during the Carter presidency that the job of the US President had obviously become too big for one person and perhaps there needed to be 2 US Presidents to run the country. Then Carter left; and there was no more talk about the job being too big for 1 person when Reagan took control. "4 more years of Carter" ? Thank God for Reagan.

    April 10, 2012 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  12. Independent

    terry – No one is persecuting Obama for the color of his skin but for his dismal record. The Democrats are trying desperately to take the attention away from Obama's horrible record.

    April 10, 2012 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  13. tammy lambert chandler az

    Santorum should not endorse Romney! Have some dignity

    April 10, 2012 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  14. MaryM

    Romney does not have a chance of winning the general election. Romney is the guy that LOST to the guy that LOST to President Obama in 2008. remember??

    April 10, 2012 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  15. Brandon

    terry...obama is not being persecuted because of the color of his skin by most people. He's been "persecuted" because he's a terrible leader.

    April 10, 2012 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  16. Four and The Door

    I hate the fact that President Obama is being persecuted more than any other President just because of the color of his skin....sickening..
    You can relax. I am sure Hillary Clinton or John Edwards would have been just as ineffective. Well, maybe I am wrong. Hillary must have had a budget to control as First Lady so she did have more financial experience. Still, Obama is a nice guy and it's not personal. His incompetence is purely professional. He should consider going back to academia in January.

    April 10, 2012 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  17. SoSad

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha, now the stupid A"'s have magic pants to run against Obama. Ha ha ha ha, while idiots support the Morman crusades? Ha ha ha ha ha

    April 10, 2012 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  18. lynn

    romney does the walter huston dance .

    April 10, 2012 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  19. Ga Peach

    Note to Terry: It is not the color of Obama's skin!! Afer all he is half white. It is just that he is a lousy president! So suck it up and stop trying to make it about race.

    April 10, 2012 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  20. nolimits3333

    Obama vs Romney.

    The 99% vs the 1%.

    April 10, 2012 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  21. The REAL Truth.. (not the imposter)

    @Independent – terry – No one is persecuting Obama for the color of his skin but for his dismal record.
    The right continues to harp on Obama's "dismal record"... Yawn. Exactly what dismal record is that? The one where the 1% aren't allowed to continue to rip us off?
    What about 24 months of job gains – to the tune of around 4 million.
    What about troops out of Iraq?
    What about highest Dow industrials ever?
    What about permanent removal most of the top leadership of Al Qaeda – incl. OBL?
    What about a Budget Deficit that is some 30% less than what Bush left him with.

    None of this means anything to haters – naturally. It's always somebody else's fault.

    April 10, 2012 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  22. Earwig Van Klempt

    Romney might have been grinning like wax figure when the cameras were rolling. But he has to know that media is going to dig around in his closet now that there isn't even an appearance of a race. He's the nominee that no one is excited about. Sure the Cons will goose step out to vote for him, following their leaders. Has there ever been a nominee to win zero electoral votes? Mitt could be the first.

    April 10, 2012 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  23. V in Chicago

    I am just amazed at the ignorance coming from some of these posts. When an entire political party says their number one goal is to "get Obama out of office, whatever the cost" and not something, oh like "do what is right for the country" or maybe "work for the people of the country", then you know what this is really about.

    President Obama has done a great job, considering the mess he walked in to (created by Republicans) and the people who have tried to stop any progress he's tried to make for the short and long term good of the Country (again, Republicans) and, lastly the ridiculous Tea Party so-called "activist" (mostly extreme right leaning Republicans) literally holding our government/country hostage in the House. He has endured against great odds and still managed to take out, not only the top terrorist in the world, but also quite a few of the other terrorist who would do this country great harm. He helped save the American auto industry and jobs of thousands who work out side of the plants, but still rely on the auto industry. He's virtually ended our involvement in Iraq (where we never should have been in the first place) and is continuing with the plan to exit Afghanistan. He is focused on education, health care (oh . . . Republican's don't like healthy, educated people) and working toward alternative energies to make this country as self sufficient as possible. With all this, he still comes under fire because (and you all know it's the truth) he is a black man. I'm white and I see it in these posts every day! From the slight inuendos to the outright racial slurs, you continue to show your true colors. How pathetic your little minds must be!

    Obama 2012!!

    April 10, 2012 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
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