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April 25, 2012 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, INQUIRER POLITICS WRITER
Mitt Romney cruised to primary victories in Pennsylvania and four other Northeastern states Tuesday against a shrunken field of challengers, cementing his status as the presumed Republican nominee against President Obama in the fall. Romney sought to frame the contest as a referendum on whether Americans are better off now than they were four years ago, arguing that most are not, in a prime-time speech in New Hampshire. "It's still about the economy, and we're not stupid," Romney said.
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April 20, 2012 | Thomas Fitzgerald, INQUIRER POLITICS WRITER
Rick Santorum is playing it coy. He's looking for a little sweet talk, and at least a bouquet, before he makes a long-term commitment. Ten days after suspending his own campaign for president, Santorum has yet to endorse the all-but-certain Republican nominee, Mitt Romney. A seemingly perfect opportunity came and went at a party unity event Tuesday morning, when Romney visited a Pittsburgh suburb. But Santorum was not there. Indeed, the former U.S. senator from Pittsburgh told 4,000 supporters on a conference call just hours before the event that he would be fine if they wanted to vote for him in next Tuesday's Pennsylvania GOP primary, or in any upcoming contest, for that matter - notwithstanding his own announcement on April 10 that he was "suspending" his campaign.
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April 15, 2012 | By Connie Cass, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - Nothing fades faster than a primary campaign's losing slogans and all-the-rage moments. Remember Rick Perry's big "oops"? Rick Santorum's sweater vest? Before it's all lost, here's a look back at the lingo of the race for the Republican nomination: Trump for President - "The Donald" fired himself from the race early. He could have won, Trump declared, but business comes first. Oops - All Perry could say in a cringe-worthy debate moment when he couldn't come up with the third federal department he wanted to eliminate.
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April 15, 2012
I can easily see Chris Christie as the 2016 Republican nominee. Here's how I get there: Rick Santorum. Marco Rubio. Paul Ryan. John Thune. Maybe Sarah Palin. They're the "usual suspects" for 2016 should Mitt Romney lose to President Obama, which current polls suggest will be the case. There's lots of time on the clock, and anything can happen, but assuming that's the way the current presidential race ends, the seeds are already being sown for yet another battle for the heart and soul of the Republican Party.
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April 13, 2012
Social views foiled Santorum To the front-page headline "Did social views foil Santorum?" (Wednesday), my response is a resounding, "Duh!" Rick Santorum, by federal law, is entitled to his religious beliefs. His egregious error was attempting to foist those beliefs on all of us. That is seriously un-American — in spite of his exhortations' being innocuously characterized as "social views. " As the article noted, Santorum said he almost threw up when he read JFK's speech about the separation of church and state.
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April 12, 2012 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Politics Writer
At least in public, Rick Santorum has been modest about his goals since closing the curtain on his presidential campaign. "I'd like to get some sleep," he said late Tuesday at Lancaster Bible College, during a forum that had been designed to fire up his base in advance of the April 24 Pennsylvania GOP primary but instead became a valedictory. His rest is well-earned: Though he fell short, Santorum's self-labeled "improbable" run as a presidential candidate revived a political career that had seemed over when he left a Pittsburgh stage in 2006 after a crushing loss in his bid for a third term in the U.S. Senate.
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April 12, 2012 | Dana Milbank
GETTYSBURG, Pa. — Three weeks ago, Rick Santorum chose this town to give a defiant speech, linking his struggle against Mitt Romney to "the things that the people in this battlefield just down the road fought for. " Recalling the blood shed at Gettysburg, he exhorted more than 1,000 supporters: "That's why we must go out and fight this fight. " Santorum may have thought he was George Meade rallying the Union forces, but he turned out to be leading Pickett's charge — the disastrous Confederate offensive here in which Gen. George Pickett lost half his division and the war turned against the South.
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April 11, 2012 | By Matt Katz, Inquirer Politics Writer
MANHEIM, Pa. - The news had already spread through the Pennsylvania heartland, but still they arrived three, four, even five hours early, to see to the only man in the presidential race whom they believe shares their values. Many supporters of Rick Santorum, in line to hear his first extended post-campaign speech Tuesday evening, said they will vote - unenthusiastically - for Mitt Romney against President Obama in the fall. But a few said they simply didn't know what to do. "I have to really pray about that," said Irene Alleman, 80, who stood for hours in the biting wind outside the chapel at Lancaster Bible College, where Santrom was to speak.
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