Republican Rick Santorum announced on April 10 that he is suspending his 2012 bid for U.S. president. “This Presidential race is over for me and we will suspend our campaign effective today” he said at a press conference in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. That his speech took place in the town where Republican President Abraham Lincoln gave his most famous address was not lost on Sanctorum's supporters.
Santorum spoke about the many stories he and his campaign heard as he travelled across the country. He said that hearing those stories is an “honor”.
“It’s been a wonderful story after story of people who have com forward,” he said.
Santorum referred to the “tea party folks who got excited” about his campaign’s promise to abide by the Constitution, saying “we will never be a great and powerful country that can go forward again if we forget who we are”.
The suspension of Santorum’s 2012 presidential campaign effectively makes former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney the de facto Republican challenger to President Barack Obama in November.
Santorum won the Iowa Caucus in early 2012 and he was able to win the delegates of another ten states, but the conventional wisdom among most political analysts over the past few weeks has been that Romney would be the Republican nominee for President.
“Miracle after miracle, this race was as impropable as any race that you will ever see for president,” Santorum said.
A spokesman for Santorum’s campaign told MSNBC that Mitt Romney had contacted that former Senator Santorum is open to the idea of meeting Romney soon.
“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 a statement.