Santorum is out. What's Next?
Rick Santorum has officially declared that he is suspending his run for the Republican nomination for the presidency. This officially ends his campaign. The term “suspending” was merely used for legal reasons that allow him to continue raising money towards his campaign to help cover accrued debt. With Santorum out, the Republican Party is left with Ron Paul, Newt Gingrich, and Mitt Romney running for the Republican bid. Obviously, Romney is the front runner and only one with a real shot to get the nomination.
The question now is whether or not Santorum dropping out of the race was the best decision for the Republican side. Many people believe that Romney was going to get the nomination anyway, and Santorum was simply wasting his time. However, Santorum did make an impressive push for a little while but did not seem to have a strong enough backing. Many people were in favor of Santorum because he is more conservative than Romney.
The problem with Santorum and Romney competing with each other is that they were constantly pointing out one another’s flaws. Instead of building up the Republican Party with the intent of bringing down Obama, they were bringing each other down. Romney did this more so with his smear campaign and negative advertisements. As immoral and disrespectful as those ads seem, they are definitely effective and change peoples’ minds. Now, Romney should be able to focus that negativity towards Obama instead.
Even though Romney is more liberal than a lot of Republicans and conservatives like, it is crucial that they get behind him. People who have been wishing for Paul, Gingrich, or Santorum need to jump on the Romney bandwagon. The goal for the Republican Party should be to win the presidency in November. While Romney might not be extremely conservative, he is definitely more conservative and more closely aligned with the Republican ideals and values.
The next big step for Romney will be his choice of a running mate for the vice president. If he picks someone like Santorum, who is more conservative, he will be more likely to get the more conservative Republicans on his bandwagon. He will gain their support more easily depending on who he chooses. This could help him garnish the support needed to defeat Obama in the November election. Clearly, whether or not Republicans see eye-to-eye with Romney’s policies, they should support him as the Republican nomination for the president. He is the only choice Republicans have of beating Obama, and they must unite behind Romney now that he is the clear choice.