Romney, Gingrich, Paul React To Santorum News

As news of presidential candidate Rick Santorum exiting the 2012 race spreads, his competitors weigh in on the former Pennsylvania Senator and the state of their own campaigns as well.

Presumed nominee Mitt Romney was by far the most gracious, as the move has now removed the final significant barrier between himself and the party endorsement.  “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.”

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich says this changes nothing for him. “I am committed to staying in this race all the way to Tampa so that the conservative movement has a real choice.  I humbly ask Senator Santorum’s supporters to visit Newt.org to review my conservative record and join us as we bring these values to Tampa.  We know well that only a conservative can protect life, defend the Constitution, restore jobs and growth and return to a balanced budget.”

And Congressman Ron Paul isn’t budging, either.  “Congratulations to Senator Santorum on running such a spirited campaign. Dr. Paul is now the last — and real — conservative alternative to Mitt Romney. We plan to continue running hard, secure delegates and press the fight for limited, constitutional government in Tampa.”

The Obama reelecton campaign had little to say about Santorum himself, and once more focused their attention on Mitt Romney. “It’s no surprise that Mitt Romney finally was able to grind down his opponents under an avalanche of negative ads. But neither he nor his special interest allies will be able to buy the presidency with their negative attacks. The more the American people see of Mitt Romney, the less they like him and the less they trust him. While calling himself the ‘ideal candidate’ for the Tea Party, he has promised to return to the same policies that created the economic crisis and has alienated women, middle class families, and Hispanic Americans. Americans value a President who will fight every day to rebuild an economy in which hard work will pay, responsibility is rewarded and everyone plays by the same rules. And that President is Barack Obama.”

Gage Skidmore, via wikimedia commons

29 comments

Stephen Greg
Jason T.4 years ago

"We know well that only a conservative can protect life"

Ironic statement considering the conservatives support fracking, dirty energy, climate-change skepticism, Puppy Mills (in the case of the Tear party at least), Mountaintop removal, the wolf/predator-slaughter, factory farms, the destruction of the EPA and the destruction of the Endangered Species act,just off that top of my head. Libertarianism and conservatism destroy life, not protect it.

Doris Mason
Past Member 4 years ago

ONE DOWN AND 3 TO GO.......YAY

Don Lukenbill
Don L.4 years ago

I guess his ultra-conservative platforn didn't resonate with as many people as he thought. So long, Santorum. Maybe this can be a teachable moment for Romney. Probably not.

Linda Abbott
Linda Abbott4 years ago

I'm so sorry to see Santorum go. If he was the nominee, I'd have to work less hard to get Obama re-elected. Maybe we can do a push for Gingrich.

Troy G.
Troy Grant4 years ago

Conservatives Deconstructed:

www.thirdworldtraveler.com/Society/Conservatives_Deconstruct.html

Rob Keenan
Rob Keenan4 years ago

Santorum is likely avoiding a very possible second home state loss with a view to 2016,and it may in that regard be notible that he apparently didn't actually endorse Romney. While on the one hand it was sometimes fun to see Santorum gum up the works for Romney his decision makes me happy if it means not seeing another sweater vest during the rest of this campaign,and if it means we've heard, for the rest of this campaign, the last of,as Newt put it-including about himself-Santorum's "pious baloney."

Patricia A.

My daughter in-law from Australia has some interesting comments. It's illegal to advertise drugs there, she was fined $120 for failing to vote (it's mandatory starting at age 18) health care is on a ability to pay basis (meaning you pay what you can afford) and prescription drugs have a co-pay of about $5 and when you've reached a certain point (unlike our donut hole) your drugs are free. We are so far behind in taking care of business here. Obama Care may not be perfect, but it's better than nothing. We need to start getting rid of the "old white men" in Congress and get some new blood, also more women!

Brian M.
Past Member 4 years ago

Great! The longer the Republicans are content to sling mud at each other, then the less money the President will have to spend to get re-elected. If the best the Republicans can do is the Three Stooges, then they simply can't win, even against a relatively unpopular President. This illustrates everything that is wrong with the two party system: it always boils down to voting for the lesser of two evils. Then we all act surprised that the vast majority of Americans no longer care enough to vote at all. The two-party system and both parties are owned and operated by the corporations, with candidates of the corporations, and for the corporations' best interests. No matter who wins in this system, the American people lose.

Patrick King
Patrick King4 years ago

Despite this set-back, I have no doubt there will be plenty of others to laugh at before this election is over. Santorum's dropping out is the equivalent of Chevy Chase leaving Saturday Night Live.

Ned Burke
Ned Burke4 years ago

Why did Saint Rick Santorum drop out so suddenly? Simple: his poll people found out he wasn't going to win Pennsylvania as he boasted. Rather than suffer the embarrassment, he withdrew ... to fight another day?