Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum ends presidential campaign

Posted on 04 Feb 2016 at 1:37pm

Rick_Santorum_Dallas_2012_Rally_by_Parick_HoffmanFormer Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum suspended his presidential campaign yesterday, Wednesday, Feb. 3, throwing his support behind Florida Sen. Marco Rubio.

“[My family and I] decided that I think we could be better advocates for that in supporting someone who shared those values and is in a better position to do well in this race,” Santorum told Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren.

Before endorsing Rubio, Santorum said he “wanted to find a candidate that really espoused the values that we believed in, someone who really focused their campaign on trying to help … those who are struggling on the margins.” Those priorities include helping lower-to-middle class Americans, supporting traditional family structures (i.e., not same-sex couples) and defeating the Islamic State, or ISIS.

Santorum decided Rubio was his choice after an hour-long discussion.

Rubio remained quiet before the announcement, telling CNN he thought Santorum is “fantastic.”

Santorum won the Iowa caucuses in 2012 by in part campaigning on social issues, including abortion and a variety of LGBT issues. He was a vocal opponent opponent of same-sex marriage. But his campaign did not catch the same traction as last cycle, which had fewer Republican candidates.

He’s the third candidate to drop out since Monday’s Iowa caucuses, joining Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.

Though he may be officially out of the race I still encourage you to Google “Santorum” if you never have.

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