Rick Santorum Suspends Republican Presidential Campaign

Politics   Steven Ertelt   Apr 10, 2012   |   2:10PM    Washington, DC

Rick Santorum, one of the pro-life Republican presidential candidates, will be announcing today that he is suspending his campaign for the GOP nomination to face pro-abortion President Barack Obama this November.

Santorum has planned to make Pennsylvania the last stand of his campaign but polling in the home state of the former U.S. Senator showed him trailing Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor who most political observers believe will become the nominee. Instead, Santorum called Romney today to concede the race to him and offered to help him as the campaign to defeat Obama moves ahead.

Santorum said in a press conference that he is ending the campaign to allow the “American dream” to move forward and he spoke passionately about the families with disabled children who could relate to his own family.

“We were winning in a different way because we were touching hearts and raising issues that others didn’t want to raise,” he said. “Miracle after miracle, this race was as improbable as any race that you will ever see for president.”

Santorum said the nation needs a hopeful, positive vision for the country that does more than turns around the economy and he said his campaign attempted to press pro-life themes and get voters focused on those issues as well.

Romney responded to Santorum’s decision, saying, “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.”

Newt Gingrich also responded to the decision, saying, “Rick has waged a remarkable campaign. His success is a testament to his tenacity and the power of conservative principles.”

“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,” he said.

The decision comes on the heels of the hospitalization of Bella, his daughter, who was released from the hospital after facing an illness. It was the second time since the beginning of the year that she has required hospitalization. Bella suffers from a chromosomal condition called Trisomy 18.

During the press conference, Santourm called Bella a “fighter who is doing exceptionally well.”

Hogan Gidley, National Communications Director for the Santorum campaign, told LifeNews in a statement, “Rick and Karen are happy to announce that their daughter Bella has been discharged from the hospital and returned home earlier Monday evening.  The Santorum’s are truly overwhelmed by the prayers and support they’ve received – and wanted to attach a picture of their daughter Bella so everyone could see their precious gift from God.”

The winner of the GOP nomination will face President Barack Obama, who has put together a strongly pro-abortion record— promoting abortion and taxpayer funding of abortions throughout his time in the White House.

From taxpayer funding of abortions in America and around the world, to the funding of the creating and destruction of human life in embryonic stem cell research with your tax money; from the absolute refusal to cut off public funding to Planned Parenthood to the stacking of the Supreme Court and federal courts with hardcore abortion advocates, pro-life groups say Obama has left every unborn child behind.

During his first week in office, Obama wasted no time in overturning the Mexico City Policy that President Bush put back in place after it was scrapped during the Bush administration. The Mexico City Policy requires the more than 600 groups that receive State Department taxpayer funding to pledge not to promote or perform abortions with it. Abortion advocates  objected to the measure for years during the Bush administration because they want to use the funds to do abortions overseas or lobby pro-life nations to reverse their laws against unlimited abortions.

Obama legally had the right to divert the funding, but his administration appears to have also broken the law to promote abortion overseas.

A November 2011 GAO report looking into the Obama Administration’s use of $18 million in taxpayer funds to provide funding for a group pushing legalized abortion in Kenya found the administration broke the law.

The report showed at least one Obama grantee openly pushed to expand abortion in Kenya despite a long-standing, annually renewed law that prohibits U.S. tax dollars from being used to lobby for or against abortion in other countries. The GAO report also reveals that a key Obama official stonewalled investigators and refused to cooperate with the GAO in its investigation of the activities.

Congressman Chris Smith said “The Obama Administration basically hired surrogates to do its dirty work of abortion promotion in Kenya.  This new report shows that at a minimum the Obama Administration ignored the prohibition with the end result being a new Kenyan constitution that vastly expands access to abortion in Kenya, courtesy of the U.S. taxpayer.”

Not long after he doled out money to Planned Parenthood, Obama sent more than $50 million to the UNFPA. That’s the agency that works hand in hand with the population control regime in China that enforces the one-child policy with human rights abuses like forced abortions and coercive sterilizations.

The third major decision Obama made after the Mexico City Policy was to overturn the limits President Bush put in place to ensure Americans don’t pay for embryonic stem cell research.

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Despite the fact that they still don’t work in animals without causing tumors or immune system rejection issues, despite the fact that scientists and even top cloning and embryonic research firms are abandoning the field in droves, and despite the fact that adult stem cells continue to be the only vehicle for cures for patients for more than 100 different diseases or medical conditions, President Obama continues to make Americans pay millions for the creation and destruction of human beings for research.

Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards is so close to Obama that White House visitor logs in only the first full year of his presidency show the head of the nation’s premier abortion business visited the White House and spent time with Obama administration officials on four occasions. That includes the White House health care summit that led to Obamacare, which funds abortions.

Obama is so beholden to Planned Parenthood that he was willing to shut down the federal government to prevent the Pence Amendment that House Republicans approved from going into law. Speaker John Boehner spent more than an hour lobbying the president to allow it but Obama wouldn’t budge.

The president has also appointed longtime abortion activists to prominent places in his administration and, on judges, Obama’s track record is clear. Sonia Sotomayor and Elaban Kagan, along with dozens of other judicial selections, ardently support abortion.

In January, Obama put in place a mandate that requires religious groups, employers or even Americans who run businesses and find these practices objectionable — to pay for contraception, birth control, sterilizations, and drugs that may cause abortions for their employees. Even after Obama revised his mandate to supposedly shift the burden from the employer to the insurance company – which still means employers have to refer Americans pay the cost in higher premiums – the Obama administration implemented the original mandate.