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Washington : DC : USA | Apr 10, 2012 at 11:36 AM PDT
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Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum has suspended his campaign. Speaking during a press conference seen on CNN Live on Tuesday, the sometimes frontrunner went out on a note he pushed throughout his run for the nomination by saying "we can't have a strong economy without a strong family."

The strongly religious, family values candidate said he tried his best to provide " a hopeful campaign" and had put forward a "a concrete, solid plan" for America.

He said he fought a good fight, winning 11 States when he was counted out of the race. Santorum added that though the race was now over for him, he is "not done fighting." The decision to run came to him while sitting around the kitchen table, he said and the one to end his campaign was made last night together with his family. His youngest daughter Bella's health issues were also something Santorum had to contend with during his campaign. He looked very emotional, as well as his wife, as he delivered his speech, though he took time to joke about his signature sweater vests and the fun many had at his expense.

Santorum surprised everyone when he not only stayed in the race this long but also collected more votes than the other candidates who were favored to do well. He was practically ignored early on in the race but proved to be stronger than pundits and political commentators predicted.

Of course there were bumps along the way, and accusations of prejudice and pushing an anti-woman agenda continued to plague him. His calling birth control immoral and being staunchly anti-abortion even in cases of incest or rape and his "women can be a distraction on the front lines in the military" caused many to label him archaic and anti-women's rights.

Bowing out now is smart on Santorum's part for if he had lost hs home State primary coming up, it would have certainly impacted negatively on his political future.

Mitt Romney is now clearly going to be the Republican nominee, though Santorum did not talk about the lead candidate or hinted at endorsing or supporting him during this press conference. This race had been a highly contentious one, with candidates attacking each other during debates and with television ads. This lingering "bad feelings" might be a problem moving forward for the GOP.

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