Breaking: Santorum to suspend campaign; Update: No endorsement; Update: Romney congratulates Santorum

posted at 2:05 pm on April 10, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Rumors flying on Twitter appear to have been confirmed on Fox News and CBS, among other outlets — at least for the moment.  Just minutes ahead of a scheduled press conference in Gettysburg, PA, Rick Santorum has apparently decided to suspend his campaign.  Fox’s Carl Cameron reported it live on air shortly before 2 pm ET, but no reports are yet on the wires.  Politico reporter Reid Epstein says he has confirmation from PA GOP chair Rob Gleason.

Stand by for updates.  The live feed for the presser can be found here.

Update: CNN is now reporting it here, based on word from “a senior adviser to the campaign.” Fox has the headline on its site.

Update II: BuzzFeed has more here, and reports that Romney was informed of the decision some time this morning.  I noted earlier this afternoon that the e-mails from the Romney campaign today had focused attacks solely on Barack Obama, and wondered whether that was a signal.

Update III: The Boss Emeritus tweets that Santorum made everyone else pick up their game, and that’s absolutely true.  I’m disappointed that Santorum couldn’t compete better, but glad that the debate continued and that Santorum made Mitt Romney work for the nomination.  Rick Klein of ABC tweets that Santorum won 10 states — and that anyone who would have guessed that he could have won more than two is lying.

Update IV: Santorum starts off the presser assuring everyone that their prayers for Bella were very much appreciated and felt, and that she’s doing better.  However, that episode, Santorum says, prompted the family to reassess the status of the campaign and their goals as a family.  He’s talking about the campaign in the past tense, though, which makes the announcement pretty clear.

Update V: A nice touch: “It turns out that it really wasn’t my voice that I was out communicating with. It was your voice.”

Update VI: Santorum says the race is over for him, and stated clearly that he is suspending the campaign — but that he will continue to fight for his values.

Update VII: A good, emotional, and positive speech — but no endorsement for Mitt Romney, and indeed not even a mention of him.  Santorum did say that Republicans have to focus on beating Barack Obama, but that was as close as he got.  A reporter shouted out a question as Santorum left the stage about whether he will endorse Romney, but Santorum just wished the reporter well and thanked the room again.  Perhaps, though, it would be reasonable for everyone to give Santorum a little space on the endorsement question.

Update VIII: Mitt Romney’s team sent out a statement by e-mail at almost the moment the presser finished, congratulating Santorum on his campaign:

“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.”

Update IX (Tina): The Right Scoop has full video of Santorum’s lovely, gracious concession speech. My utmost respect to Rick Santorum for conducting such an honorable campaign from start to finish:


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Fox has just confirmed it.

rcpjr on April 10, 2012 at 2:07 PM

Well for Jeebus sake…does every word on the page need to be red?

Bishop on April 10, 2012 at 2:07 PM

Good way to read the handwriting on the wall, Rick.

Now let’s focus on what we need to focus on.

KingGold on April 10, 2012 at 2:07 PM

He had a heck of a good run considering his resources.

El_Terrible on April 10, 2012 at 2:07 PM

Thank God.

jan3 on April 10, 2012 at 2:07 PM

Verrry interesting. Internals must have shown him losing PA?

4Grace on April 10, 2012 at 2:07 PM

I hope that Bella is alright.

melle1228 on April 10, 2012 at 2:07 PM

Could you fix that red stuff Ed?

JPeterman on April 10, 2012 at 2:07 PM

Loid your girns.

Bishop on April 10, 2012 at 2:08 PM

Santorum has been suspended for 5 games

faraway on April 10, 2012 at 2:08 PM

Looks like this vote in Nov will require a clothespin on the nose again…LOL.

d1carter on April 10, 2012 at 2:08 PM

I hope that Bella is alright.

melle1228 on April 10, 2012 at 2:07 PM

^^THIS^^

Just Sayin on April 10, 2012 at 2:08 PM

So now what? Does Romney have it in him to build bridges within the base?

jrnlz on April 10, 2012 at 2:08 PM

Palin to enter?

/hehe

faraway on April 10, 2012 at 2:09 PM

heart-ache.

sesquipedalian on April 10, 2012 at 2:09 PM

If true then I say “Bravo” for Santorum. He has obviously placed the good of the nation above himself. That fact in itself says a lot about the man.

rplat on April 10, 2012 at 2:09 PM

I hope that Bella is alright.

melle1228 on April 10, 2012 at 2:07 PM

Me too.

Here’s hoping Newt’s press conference isn’t far behind.

Time to focus all resources on beating Obama.

gophergirl on April 10, 2012 at 2:09 PM

Losing PA would have been bad for his future.

Mitt Romney! The man cannot be stopped – you can only hope to contain him.

forest on April 10, 2012 at 2:09 PM

LSM ramping up the attacks on Mormons in 3..2..1..

Bouncing Beatnik on April 10, 2012 at 2:09 PM

So now what? Does Romney have it in him to build bridges within the base?

jrnlz on April 10, 2012 at 2:08 PM

Burning, yes…

Building, never.

ebrown2 on April 10, 2012 at 2:10 PM

I hope that Bella is alright.

melle1228 on April 10, 2012 at 2:07 PM

She is out of the hospital.

JPeterman on April 10, 2012 at 2:10 PM

This is really too bad.

Watch for the Romney pivot to begin in 5….4….3…..2…

Just Sayin on April 10, 2012 at 2:10 PM

I hope that Bella is alright.

melle1228 on April 10, 2012 at 2:07 PM

She’s out of the hospital. This is about losing PA and what it would do to his future.

jan3 on April 10, 2012 at 2:10 PM

Loid your girns.

Bishop on April 10, 2012 at 2:08 PM

That right there is mighty funny.

GrannyDee on April 10, 2012 at 2:10 PM

Ricko…!

Seven Percent Solution on April 10, 2012 at 2:10 PM

So now that Romney’s attack ads have driven out all the conservative candidates, will he turn his attack ads on Obama or will he now turn civil and deal with the general election with velvet gloves?

dirtseller on April 10, 2012 at 2:10 PM

I predict that Newt Gingrich will follow suit shortly. That will just leave Ron Paul, who I doubt will officially do anything before the convention. Which means, yeah, Romney’s going to be our guy. *sigh* Here we go again…

Shump on April 10, 2012 at 2:11 PM

heart-ache.

sesquipedalian on April 10, 2012 at 2:09 PM

For you guys, right? I mean, you kept telling us you wanted so badly for Santorum to be the nominee because Obama would crush him.

Good Solid B-Plus on April 10, 2012 at 2:11 PM

I move to make Hot Air a Mitt Romney free zone.

El_Terrible on April 10, 2012 at 2:11 PM

melle1228 on April 10, 2012 at 2:07 PM

Me too on Bella!

I am surprised Rick was the first of those remaining to do this!
L

letget on April 10, 2012 at 2:11 PM

Sigh.

So much for Ricky Bobby 2012!

Mitt and Romney just don’t go well with anything… just doesn’t have that “ring” to it.

Maybe he needs more cowbell.

Logus on April 10, 2012 at 2:11 PM

Hang in there Newt

bernverdnardo1 on April 10, 2012 at 2:11 PM

It was the condom bonfires that did Santorum in.

Bishop on April 10, 2012 at 2:11 PM

Losing PA would have been bad for his future.
forest on April 10, 2012 at 2:09 PM

Just being Rick Santorum is bad for his future.

Mark1971 on April 10, 2012 at 2:11 PM

Time to focus all resources on beating Obama.

gophergirl on April 10, 2012 at 2:09 PM

Replacing Obama with Slobama wins us nothing but slower death. Good luck with that.

swinia sutki on April 10, 2012 at 2:11 PM

Can you hear it?

Newt. Newt. Newt.

faraway on April 10, 2012 at 2:11 PM

Now if we can just get someone to throw a net over Newt, then we can focus on beating Obama. Of course, if history is any indicator, we’re just not that smart.

Snake307 on April 10, 2012 at 2:11 PM

Knowing Newt, he will jump to the conclusion that he now has it in the bag.

teri_b on April 10, 2012 at 2:12 PM

Awww! What a shame!

Uppereastside on April 10, 2012 at 2:12 PM

So now what? Does Romney have it in him to build bridges within the base?

jrnlz on April 10, 2012 at 2:08 PM
Burning, yes…

Building, never.

ebrown2 on April 10, 2012 at 2:10 PM

He’s fine with the base.

People who will never be pleased?

If Santorum would have been the nominee, he wouldn’t have been “conservative” enough either. Or Gingrich.

Some people, you just can’t please.

NoDonkey on April 10, 2012 at 2:12 PM

LSM ramping up the attacks on Mormons in 3..2..1..

Does the LDS/Mormon Church have a website up similar to “Fight the Smears” (or whatever it was that Obama called his)? I hope they are well prepared on the PR front to answer all the slurs – both subtle and blatant.

jrnlz on April 10, 2012 at 2:12 PM

I move to make Hot Air a Mitt Romney free zone.

El_Terrible on April 10, 2012 at 2:11 PM

Seconded!

:-)

Just Sayin on April 10, 2012 at 2:12 PM

Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.

Sir Winston Churchill

FogDog on April 10, 2012 at 2:12 PM

F U Sketch! FU.

Uppereastside on April 10, 2012 at 2:12 PM

Me too.

Here’s hoping Newt’s press conference isn’t far behind.

Time to focus all resources on beating Obama.

gophergirl on April 10, 2012 at 2:09 PM

Speaking of which, whatever has happened to our favorite candidate (sarc) Uncle Ron?

GrannyDee on April 10, 2012 at 2:12 PM

Sigh….okay.

vegconservative on April 10, 2012 at 2:12 PM

Now its down to a two man race, Mitt vs Newt…
/

El_Terrible on April 10, 2012 at 2:13 PM

2 minute warning given for press conference. I’m watching it live here.

Flora Duh on April 10, 2012 at 2:13 PM

ALL HAIL KING WILLARD!!!!!

ALL HAIL KING WILLARD!!!!!

Electable!

angryed on April 10, 2012 at 2:13 PM

I wonder how much of it has to do with his sweet baby girl. I know it had to be beyond difficult for him to continue when his daughter is so in need of him. In any case, he gave it a hell of a shot and I wish him well, even though he wasn’t my “guy”.

totherightofthem on April 10, 2012 at 2:13 PM

Drudge wins, Drudge wins!

I hope Bella is doing OK.

reddevil on April 10, 2012 at 2:13 PM

I move to make Hot Air a Mitt Romney free zone.

El_Terrible on April 10, 2012 at 2:11 PM

His chances of being the nominee have increased two percent, from 98 to 100.

Make your peace with it, or don’t. Nobody else gives a damn.

KingGold on April 10, 2012 at 2:13 PM

NOOooooooo!!!!

looking4statesmen on April 10, 2012 at 2:13 PM

Replacing Obama with Slobama wins us nothing but slower death. Good luck with that.

swinia sutki on April 10, 2012 at 2:11 PM

The primary’s over. Apparently, the idiotic rhetoric isn’t.

Red Cloud on April 10, 2012 at 2:13 PM

For you guys, right? I mean, you kept telling us you wanted so badly for Santorum to be the nominee because Obama would crush him.

Good Solid B-Plus on April 10, 2012 at 2:11 PM

yes, we enjoyed the freak show very much.

alas, it’s time for you to get set aside your principles and get behind sketchy mitt!

sesquipedalian on April 10, 2012 at 2:14 PM

SEN Santorum; you’re a great American and heckuva patriot. You have done much better in this campaign than anyone predicted. Godspeed.

ted c on April 10, 2012 at 2:14 PM

The clown circus is finally over.

mythicknight on April 10, 2012 at 2:14 PM

I hope that Bella is alright.

melle1228 on April 10, 2012 at 2:07 PM

I hope so too. I’m hoping he isn’t pulling out because he got more bad news. That’s the last thing this family needs right now.

So now what? Does Romney have it in him to build bridges within the base?

jrnlz on April 10, 2012 at 2:08 PM

First we’ll have to test the Romney supporters’ assumption that the only reason the base still opposes Romney is because of Santorum and Gingrich’s “rabble-rousing” as opposed to any actual deep-seated policy concerns. Frankly, this is more likely to provoke another round of hysterical “GET IN LINE” attacks/threats than any attempt at “turning a new page” or bridge building.

Doomberg on April 10, 2012 at 2:14 PM

alternate headline: romney wins republican primary in april

kastor on April 10, 2012 at 2:14 PM

About time. Thanks God.

chango butt on April 10, 2012 at 2:14 PM

Time to focus all resources on beating Obama.

gophergirl on April 10, 2012 at 2:09 PM

Too bad the GOP nominee thinks Obama is nice guy who’s doing a great job. Oh and don’t you dare blame Obama for high gas prices, as Romney told us, the president has nothing to do with gas prices.

angryed on April 10, 2012 at 2:14 PM

Does Rick endorse Mitt????

JPeterman on April 10, 2012 at 2:14 PM

She’s out of the hospital. This is about losing PA and what it would do to his future.

jan3 on April 10, 2012 at 2:10 PM

Thank you oh wise psychic, but she has a deteriorating condition that may have worsened. Lots of people go home from the hospital very sick.. have you heard of hospice. And lots of people go right back into the hospital.

I understand though, as long as Romney is winning; who cares about his opponents babies. I swear you people remind me more and more of Obama supporters every day..

melle1228 on April 10, 2012 at 2:15 PM

Santorum, if this is true, has earned a lot of respect. Few would have been able to do as much with as few resources as he initially had.

If he’s getting out, it’s almost certainly because of a bare financial cupboard. There comes a point where it becomes personally self-destructive to stay in the race.

Also, I think he may be thinking about ways he can force himself onto the ticket or at least have a prominent role in the fall campaign.

Robert_Paulson on April 10, 2012 at 2:15 PM

Now waiting for Romeny to drop out against Obama.

dirtseller on April 10, 2012 at 2:15 PM

Watch for Newt to double down on stupid as he tells us that Santorum’s votes will now go to him.

RadClown on April 10, 2012 at 2:15 PM

Mitt Romney seen riding dirty in the General Lee with Bubba Wastson…/

d1carter on April 10, 2012 at 2:15 PM

His chances of being the nominee have increased two percent, from 98 to 100.

Make your peace with it, or don’t. Nobody else gives a damn.

KingGold on April 10, 2012 at 2:13 PM

I accept that he’s the nominee. I oppose Obama. I don’t support Romney. He’s still a turd. If I see and hear Romney, I think about not voting at all.

El_Terrible on April 10, 2012 at 2:15 PM

Good on you, Rick. Go be with your little girl.

RedNewEnglander on April 10, 2012 at 2:15 PM

Rombots continue to show their class. /

celtic warrior on April 10, 2012 at 2:16 PM

F U Sketch! FU.

Uppereastside on April 10, 2012 at 2:12 PM

Brilliant stuff. I can’t believe the trolls liberal4life left behind are actually dumber than she was.

Chuck Schick on April 10, 2012 at 2:16 PM

Newt can still win Texas. He has Perry’s support. Go Newt!

Kaffa on April 10, 2012 at 2:16 PM

This kills the chance for a brokered convention.

theperfecteconomist on April 10, 2012 at 2:16 PM

Where is Chudi?

Uppereastside on April 10, 2012 at 2:16 PM

Here’s hoping the ABRs can begin focusing on deposing Obama and Michelle Antoinette…

Buy Danish on April 10, 2012 at 2:16 PM

Thank you Rick. Shows a lot of class. You will see the Republicans get together to get the the Marxist out of the Whitehouse.

Ta111 on April 10, 2012 at 2:16 PM

Does Rick endorse Mitt????

JPeterman on April 10, 2012 at 2:14 PM

That doesn’t matter at this point, except maybe to a Democrat.

crosspatch on April 10, 2012 at 2:16 PM

Sir Winston Churchill

FogDog on April 10, 2012 at 2:12 PM

“Uhhh…as I’ve uh always said…you uh…ok see here….if there is…umm….ok now…you take a million dollars and uhhhh…..let me…uh…let me be clear now….ok…you got a…ummm…million dollars…and you…uh…”

-Sir Barack Obama

Bishop on April 10, 2012 at 2:16 PM

too bad he didn’t drop out 8 weeks ago.

dirtseller on April 10, 2012 at 2:17 PM

I got a feevah….

Mitt and Romney just don’t go well with anything… just doesn’t have that “ring” to it.
Maybe he needs more cowbell.
Logus on April 10, 2012 at 2:11 PM

:-)

FogDog on April 10, 2012 at 2:17 PM

Looks like this vote in Nov will require a clothespin on the nose again…LOL.

d1carter on April 10, 2012 at 2:08 PM

This, or Obama’s diapers/Depends, some choice, America!

Schadenfreude on April 10, 2012 at 2:17 PM

One drama queen out, one with a foot in his grave. Now Romney can concentrate on the enemy instead of the static noise.

jan3 on April 10, 2012 at 2:17 PM

So now what? Does Romney have it in him to build bridges within the base?

jrnlz on April 10, 2012 at 2:08 PM
Burning, yes…

Building, never.

ebrown2 on April 10, 2012 at 2:10 PM

He’s fine with the base.
People who will never be pleased?
If Santorum would have been the nominee, he wouldn’t have been “conservative” enough either. Or Gingrich.

Some people, you just can’t please.

NoDonkey on April 10, 2012 at 2:12 PM

Personally, I am ABO. I’m in CA, so no primaries yet. I voted for Romney last time and will again this time (although it will make little difference given that all our electoral votes are already in O’s pocket). I am concerned, though, whether Romney (and his staffers) can quell the concerns of the base which they need to do. ABO, people. ABO.

jrnlz on April 10, 2012 at 2:17 PM

Great. 7 months of 24/7 attacks on Romney to commence in 3…2…1…

inthemiddle on April 10, 2012 at 2:18 PM

Good job Rick. Way to look out for the interests of the party, and the country. You have finally redeemed yourself and given yourself a chance for 2016 or 2020.

milcus on April 10, 2012 at 2:18 PM

Not a signal to move back Left, Mitt.

Ukiah on April 10, 2012 at 2:18 PM

Too bad the GOP nominee thinks Obama is nice guy who’s doing a great job. Oh and don’t you dare blame Obama for high gas prices, as Romney told us, the president has nothing to do with gas prices.

angryed on April 10, 2012 at 2:14 PM

The way to remove Obama is NOT to try and make the American people dislike him as much as we do. That’s pointless.

Persuade them to vote GOP or stay home. That’s enoough.

Romney doesn’t have to blame Obama for high gas prices, that’s what the PACs are for.

NoDonkey on April 10, 2012 at 2:18 PM

Congratulations to Sen. Santorum. He ran a hard campaign. I am sure his help and support will be valuable in getting Obama out of the White House.

crosspatch on April 10, 2012 at 2:18 PM

Obama now has 7 months to blast Mitt.

I hope you MittBots are happy.

faraway on April 10, 2012 at 2:18 PM

I am one who does NOT expect Newt to follow suit. I think this will make him even more resolute to stay in until the convention.

4Grace on April 10, 2012 at 2:18 PM

Rick’s poll numbers in Penna are fine, believe me. It appears to me it is his Daughter’s health.

Mr. Sun on April 10, 2012 at 2:18 PM

Please help us stop Obama/Romney and vote for Ron Paul.

FloatingRock on April 10, 2012 at 2:19 PM

Lib4life got booted? What was the final straw?

bernverdnardo1 on April 10, 2012 at 2:19 PM

Is Jonathan Martin of Politico selling the rumor?

I remember how many times “journalists” reported incorrectly that Teh Fred was quitting his presidential campaign ’08 before Thompson actually quit.

Santorum’s “Not Quitting” this morning. So technically, “suspending” isn’t throwing in the towel.

So Santorum’s following McCain’s example, “suspending” his campaign prior to loss, ignoring the primary/general distinction.

maverick muse on April 10, 2012 at 2:19 PM

“I noted earlier this afternoon that the e-mails from the Romney campaign today had focused attacks solely on Barack Obama…”

They started with this blistering attack, showing that Mittens is ready to take off the gloves…

“Obowma’s a nice guy…

… He is just in a little over his head.” - Mittens

/

Seven Percent Solution on April 10, 2012 at 2:19 PM

“Uhhh…as I’ve uh always said…you uh…ok see here….if there is…umm….ok now…you take a million dollars and uhhhh…..let me…uh…let me be clear now….ok…you got a…ummm…million dollars…and you…uh…”

-Sir Barack Obama

Bishop on April 10, 2012 at 2:16 PM

You, Sir, are hilarious.

Schadenfreude on April 10, 2012 at 2:19 PM

I hope there is a place for Santorum in a Romney administration.

HHS comes to mind. That place is in line for a cleanup after DOJ and EPA.

Wethal on April 10, 2012 at 2:19 PM

Thanks for that nice 19 point deficit among female voters, Rick.

RINO on April 10, 2012 at 2:20 PM

Ugh. And I really liked Santorum too.

Bleah. Not really all that hot for Newt, and I don’t expect him to last much longer anyway.

*sigh* Where did I put that clothespin? Haven’t seen it since 2008…

Seriously, we need to elect more Tea Party types to replace the RINOs that are still running the show. With a current president as AWFUL as barack Obama the best we can come up with the Mitt “Romneycare” Romey? REALLY?

Wow. We suck.

wearyman on April 10, 2012 at 2:20 PM

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