Santorum Suspends Campaign

Breaking News: Rick Santorum announced today that he has suspended his campaign.

GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum said Tuesday he is suspending his campaign.

He made the announcement at the Gettysburg Hotel in Gettysburg, Pa., talking about his young daughter’s illness and reflecting on the campaign.

HotAir, Ann Althouse have reactions.  Romney’s reaction:

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.

I’m not a registered Republican, but it would seem obvious at this point that the choice in November is Obama or Romney.  Feel free to leave your fake “I’m staying home instead of voting for Romney” comments below.

 

 

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  • Queue the hissy fits.

  • makindescene

    Who does the VP nod go to now?

    • Sky__Captain

      IMO, most likely Rubio or Allen West

      • Commander_Chico

        Might as well say, Rubio or Gallagher. It will be Rubio.

        No way will a rageaholic like Allen West ever get near nuke release codes.

        • Vagabond661

          Racist remark there Chico.

      • I do believe Rubio has already said he’s out of the VP pool.  Given chicka’s condemnation, West looks good to me.

        • Commander_Chico

          I suggest you bet ten grand on him.

  • Sheik Yur Bouty

    I have said for years that I would never vote for Romney.

    Now, I can’t speak for anyone else, but I never said I would stay home.  There’s a lot more to the election in November than just President.

    Assuming that someone means they would stay home entirely just because they refuse to vote for this years fake Republican…well, you know what they say about assuming.

    • jim_m

       Then don’t vote for Romney,  Vote against obama.

    • If you live in a swing state, then a refusal to vote for Romney is the same as voting for Obama. If you live in a solid red state, then it won’t hurt if a few people refuse to vote for Romney’.

      • PBunyan

        A) There probably won’t be many, if any, swing states this year.

        And
        B) Is refusing to vote for Obama the same as voting for Romney?  That’s just not logical.  Not voting for Obama is not voting for Obama.  I can’t criticise anyone if they’re not buying what Romney’s selling either. 

        I’m not convinced I’ll be able to hold my nose and vote for Romney, but there’s no chance my state will swing this year anyway.   The chance of that happeng pretty much died last December although the last glimmer of hope didn’t fade until several weeks ago.

        • 914

          Nope… Minnesota pretty much picks a loser everytime..

          • PBunyan

            I’m not from Minnesota– and neither was Paul Bunyan the lumberjack of legend.  At least not the oldest stories.

        • Yes, it is.  It is exactly the same.  YOu are helping Obama to win. YOu can try to finagle, beg, plead, and twist around it. . but that is exactly, with no equivocation, what you are doing.

          • PBunyan

            But by not voting for Obama he is helping Romney to win.

          • No>  Because he wasn’t going to vote for Obama in the first place.  Nice try at being clever, but. . no sale, really.

          • PBunyan

            Yes> because he wasn’t going to vote for Romney in the first place, either. 

            If you only use emotion and throw logic completely out the window your argument makes sense, though.

            I’d like to see Obama defeated as much as anyone, but it’s gonna be really, really hard for me to put my dislike of Obama ahead of my morals and values and vote for Romney. 

            Plus I’m not convinced that 4 more years of Obama will be more harmful than the further destruction of the Republican brand by a Romney presidency.  Short term, yes Romney would be better, but in the long run?  I’m not sure.  What if 4 years of Romney leads to 40 years of other Marxists like Obama?  (Kinda the same issue we had with McCain.)

            In any case, I hope you’re right and I’m wrong.

          •  If you aren’t sure that Romney would be better than Obama, both long and short term, then you aren’t paying attention.  Another four years of Obama and there may not BE a long term.

          • PBunyan

            I just don’t have as much confidence in Romney as you do, I guess.   To me the choice between Romney and Obama is a choice of the speed at which we travel down the road to perdition.  Personally, I’d rather travel another road– the one to prosperity, perhaps?  That’s the road where the government gets the hell out of the way.

            Plus, I don’t think Romney’s gonna be able to out mudsling Obama and thus will likely loose anyway.

            You win elections by nominating someone people will vote for, not by hoping they’ll vote against the opponent.

            But if it makes you feel any better, there’s probably a 98% or better chance that I’ll be marking Romney on my ballot this November.

      • Sheik Yur Bouty

        I live in TX, so no problem.

  • UOG

    Staying home gave us W. J. Clinton. The only way I won’t be voting is if I’m dead.

    As the Republican’s primary process is over, starting as of right now: Mitt’s My Man – 2012.

    • Evil Otto

      The only way I won’t be voting is if I’m dead.

      And if you’re dead, Obama wants to make sure you have the chance to vote for him.

      • And if you’re dead you’ll be voting early, often, and Democratic.

        • UOG

          Otto, Rodney, then I’m going to do everything in my power to stay alive.

  • Does anyone want to speculate as to why Santorum suspended his campaign?

    • PBunyan

      I’d guess because he doesn’t want to add “Lost the Presidential primary in his home state” to his political résumé.

  • ackwired

    No reason to stay home.  Gary Johnson will be on the ballot in all 50 states.  You can vote for president and keep a clear conscience.

    • Sky__Captain

       And effectively vote for 0bama, to boot!

      A win for libtards everywhere!

      • “If you are part of a society that votes, then do so. There may be no candidates and no measures you want to vote for, but there are certain to be ones you want to vote against. In case of doubt, vote against. By this rule you will rarely go wrong. If this is too blind for your taste, consult some well-meaning fool (there is always one around) and ask his advice. Then vote the other way. This enables you to be a good citizen (if such is your wish) without spending the enormous amount of time on it that truly intelligent exercise of franchise requires.”

        R. Heinlein

        I’nm not convinced that Romney’s a good choice for President.

        However, I AM convinced that Obama is not up to the job.  He never was, and whether it was from temperment or training isn’t relevant.  The ultimate example of the Peter Principle, he’s way out of his competency range.

        He needs to go.

        That’s why I’ll be voting for Romney.  I may not WANT to vote for him on a personal level, but the potential cost of NOT voting for him is one I’m not willing for the country to bear.

    • You can waste your vote and help cut off your nose to spite your face.

      • ackwired

        We all have to live with our own conscience, Ryan.  If you are comfortable voting for someone whose views do not most closely reflect your own, I’m fine with that and will certainly not think any less of you because of it. 

        As for me, I have examined the oft repeated reasons to only vote for one of the two major parties, and found them less than persuasive.  Current polls show that Gary Johnson will pull equally from Republicans and Democrats, which contradicts the pervasive notion that a vote for him is a vote for Obama. 

        The wasted vote argument is also weak.  Twice in our history the third party has replaced one of the major two.  And more frequently one of the two major parties has adopted the views of the third party when they gained enough votes to be a threat.

        Just my reasoning.  I know that many disagree.

        • IT isn’t a vote against Obama.  It doesn’t help remove him.  It devotes resources into a place that has zero chance of winning.  So, yes, it is helping to elect Obama by wasting a precious resource

          • ackwired

            You are certainly welcome to your views.  I’m just not that wrapped up in hating Obama.  I frankly think it would be hard to distinguish between an Obama administration and a Romney administration.

  • PBunyan

    Shicka, shicka, shicka.

    What’s that sound?  Oh that’s just the moral Etch-a-Sketch.  At least it gets to happen in April rather than later.

    • jim_m

       At least the GOP candidate will try to write something on “the moral etch-a-sketch”  The left doesn’t see a point to such things like morals.

      • PBunyan

        Oh they have “morals”; it’s just a very different set.   To them morals are things like:
         
        thou shalt give to the government to the maximum of thine abilities, but thou shalt take from the govenment to only what thy need.  And only thy holy government shat decide what thy abilities and needs are

        thou shalt not offend anyone if thy holy government wants not that they be offended in that way 

        thou shalt not defend thyself as only thy holy and all powerful government has the right to protect thee

        Things like that.

  • Meiji Man

    AND… All the whiners who stayed home in 2008 because they wouldn’t vote for McCain line up in droves to Stay Home in 2012. 
    Does Barry send you all a check? or do you just get a signed “Who’s my Bi+c#?” Photo from him and Michelle?

    • Sheik Yur Bouty

      I didn’t stay home then and I won’t now. I won’t, however, vote for Romney.

      • jim_m

         Yes, you can vote for anyone as it is unlikely that Texas will go for obama, just as my vote, being that I live in Illinois, is meaningless since Illinois will certainly go for the candidate endorsed by the CPUSA.

        • No question here in CA either, but I’ll still be voting against Romney in the Primary and for him in the the General Election.

          • Meiji Man

            You guys might want to consider what I call “Strategic Voting” If you are in a state that is in the tank for one side or another vote Green. 

            At 5% of the vote a party starts getting matching funds. I used to vote Green in Utah all the time. 

          •  No way in hell will I be supporting the watermelons.

  • Commander_Chico

    Santorum is a dangerous nut who wanted to impose Christian sharia and restart the Crusades. That he got as far as he did is evidence of how many American voters are wishing for the Apocalypse and Rapture, especially in the Bible Belt.

    At least Romney is not bat-shit crazy, but a vote for either Obama or Romney is a vote for the oligarchical police state.   I think that things really have to go to hell before people will wake up, if ever.  Either of those will speed the process to hell – Obama is a better BS artist to put sugar on fascism, Romney will be better at helping his big business cronies enslave workers and strip assets from the federal government. 

    The problem is that by the time people wake up, the technologies of surveillance, control and propaganda may be so advanced, there will be no way out.  My own cues for GTFO are national ID card, foreign exchange and capital controls, government control over internet content, war with Iran, and any more movement controls on U.S. citizens.

    In that context, a vote for Gary Johnson is the only vote for freedom possible, damn the Republocrats.

    • PBunyan

      Don’t let the door hit you on your ass.

    • “Strip assets from the federal government’?  You mean ‘Cut spending’?  The Government NEEDS a ton of assets cut from it and returned to the rest of the economy.

      • Commander_Chico

        No, I mean selling off parks and other federal property to cronies, “privatizing” the rest, turning over more government functions to contractors and defaulting on the Social Security debt.

        • PBunyan

          Most of those things would be good things.

          • Commander_Chico

            Yeah, if you’re a crony.

          • PBunyan

            Or if you’re a true libertarian and not a wack job lefty who claims to be one.

          • Commander_Chico

            I did not know libertarians were against national parks.

          • PBunyan

            Personally, I’m o.k. with national parks– I’m more of a small “L” libertarian, but if you go their official website you will see that they oppose the federal ownership of property.  At least they did a few years ago– the last time I looked.   Parks are probably the only public properties I do support, though, and there are more than enough of them. I’d surely like to see most of what the federal, state, and local governments are currently doing privitazed, though.

            But you’re wrong if you think Romney’s gonna do that.  He’s a big, powerful government guy when he’s not running for the Republican nomination.

          • Military bases and military reservations (weapons ranges, impact sites, etc.) are fine by me…

          • PBunyan

            Yes definitely. And a few buildings.  I’m o.k. with the govenment owning those.  And roads, lakes, and rivers being public property that’s fine. 

          • Government does not need to control them.  Why do we need government controlled national parks?  More to the point, you know very well that the federal properties that would be sold off would not be yellowstone park and the like.  So its really, you know, a red herring you are using here.

        • Again, tell me in what way this would be a bad thing?

  • 914

    Well… if Romney is half as hard on Obama as he is on conservative’s he will have a fighting chance of being Americas least best political hope..

    • Hank_M

       Good point. Romney needs to stick to economic issues though.
      And thanks to the genius in the WH, there’s plenty to work with.

      Gas prices
      Dept greater than GPD
      Unbelievable deficits
      Keystone Pipeline
      No budget in 3+ years.
      etc
      etc

      These are all issues that Barry Soetoro cannot defend. Especially since he doesn’t understand them in the first place.

  • PBunyan

    Presidential Election 2012:  The Battle of the Post Turtles.

    Let the mud slinging commence.