Santorum Suspends Campaign--And Vows to Fight to Defeat Obama

April 10, 2012 - 2:42 PM

Rick Santorum

Former Sen. Rick Santorum and his wife Karen Santorum (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

(CNSNews.com) - Former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania announced Tuesday afternoon that he was suspending his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination.

Speaking in Gettysburg, Pa., site of the famous Civil War battle, Santorum said he intended to keep fighting on behalf of the Americans who supported his campaign and to make certain Barack Obama was defeated in the general election.

"We made the decision to get into this race at our kitchen table and against all the odds," said Santorum, "and we made a decision over the weekend that while this presidential race is over for me, and we will suspend our campaign effective today, we are not done fighting.

"We are going to continue to fight for those voices, we are going to continue to fight for those Americans who stood up and gave us that air under our wings that allowed us to accomplish things that no political expert would have every expected," said Santorum.

"There is a lot of greatness in this country," Santorum said. "We just need leaders who believe in that, who are willing to give voice to that, who are willing to raise us up instead of trying to provide for us and do for us what we can better do ourselves.

"That's the message that came to me and it is the one that I feel very, very good about continuing to talk to Americans about," said Santorum.

"I walked out after the Iowa Caucus victory and said, 'Game on!'" said Santorum. "I know a lot of folks are going to write--maybe even those at the White House--'Game over.' But this game is a long, long way from over. We are going to go out there and continue to fight make sure that we defeat President Barack Obama, that we win the House back and that we take the United States Senate and we stand for the values that make us Americans, that make us the greatest country in the history of the world--that shining city on the hill, to be a beacon for everybody for freedom around the world.

Santorum won the Republican presidential primary or caucuses in 11 states.

A Washington Post-ABC News poll completed on Monday had President Obama leading Romney 51 percent to 44 percent among registered voters, and Obama leading Santorum 52 percent to 41 percent among registered voters.