HARRISBURG — Republican Party of Pennsylvania Chairman Rob Gleason released the following statement in response to former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum’s decision to suspend his presidential campaign:
“For 16 years, Rick Santorum represented the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania with honor and distinction as a member of the U.S. House of Representative and the U.S. Senate. He was a leader on national issues and won the respect of Republicans, Democrats and Independents as a fierce advocate and someone who fervently advocated for Pennsylvanians.
“As one of Pennsylvania’s favorite sons, the Republican Party of Pennsylvania congratulates Senator Santorum on another fine campaign. Starting in the single digits nationally, just the way he did in 1990 in his first run for Congress, and then exploding onto the national scene was nothing new for those of us who have known him over the years. It was just Rick being Rick. After winning multiple Republican Primaries and Caucuses, the nation has had a chance to witness his passion for America firsthand.
“We send Rick, Karen, Elizabeth, John, Daniel, Sarah Maria, Peter, Patrick and Bella our best wishes. We also are thankful for Bella’s speedy recovery and we will keep her in our thoughts and prayers.”
“We look forward to building upon the momentum our Republican candidates have created within the Republican Party to create a strong, national campaign to put an end to Obama’s liberal tax-and-spend agenda once and for all. By sending a Republican to the White House, America will be on the path toward more efficient government and pro-growth economic policies. That will be more than just a victory for our party. It will be a victory for our country.”