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Rick Santorum admits that campaign was tough on family

Jalesa Hall

Rick Santorum speaking to a high school in Iowa

After announcing his removal out of the race, Rick Santorum, expressed feelings about the campaign and his family.

Rick Santorum announced that he would be stepping out of the Republican presidential race this week, according to the Washington Post.

Santorum said at a campaign event, “We made a decision over the weekend that, while this presidential race for us is over- for me- and we will suspend our campaign effective today, we are not done fighting.”

After announcing his departure, Santorum expressed to supporters that the weight of the presidential race was stressful for his family, according to MSN.

Santorum said, “It’s different than being on the sidelines and seeing the people, the person, you love being hit. It hurts more. It was a little tougher for Karen and the kids. They did an amazing job as they always have in standing behind me in every sense of the word.”

The decision followed a day after Santorum’s youngest child, who was diagnosed with Trisomy 18, was released from the hospital after a severe case of pneumonia threatened the 3-year-old’s life.

Other factors played a part in Santorum’s departure. Santorum suffered a triple loss last week to Romney with losing delegates in Wisconsin, Maryland and the District of Columbia. If his campaign continued, the four candidates; Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul, would have gone to Santorum’s home state, Pennsylvania; a lost that would have been embarrassing. Santorum also recently revealed to the public that his campaign was in debt.

While Santorum’s campaign believed they had several potential states in May primarires, but without “money or momentum coming from April, the road to challenging frontrunner Mitt Romney looked bleak,” according to MSN.

Santorum released a letter on his website discussing how despite the odds being against his campaign, he went far in the race.

“And during this Presidential race we have fought hard. Together. You have been with me every step of the way,” Santorum wrote. “…And we have fought fair. I am proud of the race we have run. We talked issues. We avoided character attacks. We have run almost entirely positive ads.”

to read the rest of the letter: click here 

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