Rick Santorum 2012

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GOP: Closing Embassies Was Right

Threat level was specific, serious

(Newser) - The State Department's move to close all embassies today in light of an al-Qaeda threat reverberated through the Sunday shows, with the decision garnering near-universal applause from both sides of the aisle. "We’ve learned from Benghazi, thank God, and the administration’s doing this right," said... More »

Santorum Endorses Romney via Email

'We agree that Obama must be defeated,' he tells supporters

(Newser) - Nearly a month after he dropped out of the race, Rick Santorum has formally endorsed the former rival he once described as the worst Republican in the country to challenge Obama. Santorum made the endorsement in an email to supporters after a one-on-one meeting with Mitt Romney that lasted more... More »

Santorum Almost Endorses Romney

Ex-candidate knocks Newt into 4th place in Pennsylvania

(Newser) - Rick Santorum, in his first interview since dropping out of the GOP race, had some words of praise for Mitt Romney but stopped just short of a full endorsement, despite pressure from CNN's Piers Morgan. Romney gave a "good speech" after his 5-state primary sweep , Santorum said, saying... More »

Media Decided GOP Race Was Over on Feb. 28

Even though Santorum didn't bow out until April 10

(Newser) - No one's been nominated yet—but the media crowned Mitt Romney the winner of the GOP primaries after he took Michigan on Feb. 28, a Pew report finds. Of course, Romney didn't essentially seal the deal until Rick Santorum dropped out. That happened on April 10, weeks after... More »

Santorum's Last Day Was a Mess

Which was typical for his campaign: Dana Milbank

(Newser) - Rick Santorum's final day on the campaign trail was spent "in typical disarray," writes Dana Milbank in the Washington Post . The first two events he had scheduled for yesterday were canceled so late the night before that his website schedule was never updated, leading supporters to show... More »

Romney: 'This Has Been a Good Day for Me'

He says he was surprised by Santorum's decision

(Newser) - Mitt Romney said today he was surprised by Rick Santorum's departure from the race but predicted he would remain a strong voice in national politics, reports AP . The two spoke earlier in the day, and Romney issued a statement calling him a "worthy competitor" and an "important... More »

Will This Be as Good as It Gets for Santorum?

His political future may not be so bright: Nate Silver

(Newser) - A standard line of thinking about Rick Santorum: He was smart to drop out now and save face, so he can come back stronger than ever a few years down the road. Nate Silver takes a closer look at his prospects and raises some serious doubts. For example, if Mitt... More »

Gingrich: No, I'm Not Dropping Out, Too

Newt asks Santorum backers to support him now

(Newser) - Rick Santorum may be done , but Newt Gingrich isn't going anywhere. In fact, now that Santorum's supporters have lost their candidate, Gingrich "humbly" asks them to look his way. “I am committed to staying in this race all the way to Tampa so that the conservative... More »

Rick Santorum Drops Out

He leaves race ahead of Pennsylvania primary

(Newser) - Rick Santorum is out. He officially left the GOP race today in Pennsylvania, saying his daughter Bella's most recent scare in the hospital caused him to re-evaluate things. "This race is over for me," he said, adding that he'll continue to fight to help defeat President... More »

Daughter Sick, Santorum Leaves Trail for a Day

Romney drops negative ad against ex-senator

(Newser) - Rick Santorum is off the campaign trail today to be with his 3-year-old daughter, who was hospitalized last week . His campaign says Isabella, who has the rare genetic condition Trisomy 18, is getting better and could leave the Virginia facility today, the AP notes. Meanwhile, Mitt Romney's campaign has... More »

Rumors Grow Santorum Will Drop Out

Loss in Pennsylvania would be big embarrassment

(Newser) - The Boston Globe takes stock of the GOP race today with this front-page headline: "Santorum moves fuel predictions he will exit." Team Santorum is taking a few days off for the Easter weekend and is saying all the right things about getting back on the trail in force... More »

Romney Grabs Lead in Pennsylvania

Meanwhile, Santorum says 'damn right' we cling to guns, religion

(Newser) - Bad news for Rick Santorum: Mitt Romney has taken the lead in Santorum's own home state of Pennsylvania. Romney is at 42% support and Santorum at 37% in the latest Public Policy Poll , followed by Ron Paul with 9% and Newt Gingrich at 6%. That's a gain of... More »

What We Learned Last Night

Mitt Romney sweeps primaries, but Rick Santorum not going anywhere

(Newser) - Mitt Romney scored a hat trick, winning all three of yesterday's primaries in Wisconsin, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. CNN and Politico each offer five takeaways:
  • Wisconsin rejected Rick Santorum: It was Santorum's last shot at winning a Midwestern state , and he ignored Maryland in order to
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Pundits in Unison: It's Over, It's Romney

Rick Santorum is a dead man walking at this point

(Newser) - Did you hear it? The sound of the fat lady singing as Mitt Romney swept Wisconsin, Maryland, and DC last night? These pundits sure did. A round-up of the best everyone-else-is-toast declarations:
  • Jonathan Martin, Politico : "It’s really, truly over. The general election effectively began this week ... [and] by
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Pennsylvania: Santorum's Last Stand?

With losses piling up, Santorum badly needs home-state win

(Newser) - Thanks to Mitt Romney's sweep of all three primaries last night, Rick Santorum's last chance to get the GOP nomination just got closer. Now, it could all come down to Pennsylvania, reports the Washington Post . Pennsylvania is a key state in the presidential election, and Santorum's home... More »

Clean Sweep: Romney Wins Wisconsin, DC, Maryland

Santorum looks forward to 'second half'

(Newser) - Another big night for Mitt Romney: He won the night's primaries in Wisconsin, Maryland, and Washington, DC, reports CNN and AP , a trifecta that should push him past the halfway point in the race for the magic number of 1,144 delegates. Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul finished well... More »

Santorum: Calif. Schools Don't Teach US History

Republican candidate slams California universities

(Newser) - Rick Santorum continued his verbal assault on higher education today by accusing California universities of failing to "even teach an American history course." The GOP candidate slammed UC universities during a speech in Wisconsin, Mediaite reports, saying that "I think it's seven or eight" schools that... More »

Santorum: It's Not Even Halftime Yet

Candidate upbeat on May races

(Newser) - With twitchy Republicans looking to put an end to an onerous and hard-fought primary season, Rick Santorum is saying not so fast, reports Politico . “This race isn’t even at halftime yet, we haven’t even selected half of the delegates yet,” Santorum told Fox News Sunday this... More »

Santorum: I Didn't Drop N-Bomb on Obama

Candidate accused of using N-word on campaign trail

(Newser) - Blogs were all a-buzz yesterday that Rick Santorum may have nearly called President Obama the N-word, RawStory reports. Addressing voters in Janesville, Wisconsin, earlier this week, the candidate stopped just short of using America's most incendiary insult: “We know the candidate Barack Obama, what he was like—the... More »

Romney Looks to Shut Door for Good on Santorum

He leads in Wisconsin as coverage tilts his way

(Newser) - Mitt Romney has been declared the "presumptive nominee" time and again in this race, but the coverage heading into Tuesday's primary in Wisconsin suggests this time, really and truly, it's the real deal. It helps that Romney leads in the polls and has racked up high-level endorsements... More »

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