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Santorum is out. What's Next?

Updated on April 11, 2012


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.


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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Thanks for the information and opinion on the candidates up for election. I believe Romney would only improve his election support by choosing Santorum as a vice president. It makes sense, but as you say, they have damanged their own character through the campaign process, and that will be something to consider.

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      Joelipoo 5 years ago from Ohio

      @teaches - I think Romney definitely needs a more conservative running mate to boost his chances of winning in November. I'm glad you enjoyed this because I know opinion/political pieces aren't always the most popular to read here.

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      Gusser 5 years ago

      This insures a 2nd term for Obama. The RepubliCRATS are run by progressives. Bush, McSame, now Romney. 2000 was shear luck to win. 2008 shows conservatives in numbers will not support this any longer. It only requires about 3% to abandon the party again for a loss to occur. The RepubliCRAT party is now over as a serious party.

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      Joelipoo 5 years ago from Ohio

      @Gusser - I don't think it ensures anything for Obama. I think you must be too blinded with your love of Obama and his liberal policies to realize the utter disgust many Americans have for his socialist ways. I doubt his reelection is as easy as you think.

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      Gusser 5 years ago

      Joe--I do not support Obie and company. You should think before you post. I believe all DemoCANS and RepubliCRATS are alike today. Both parties are shameful.

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      Joelipoo 5 years ago from Ohio

      @gusser - All politicians are basically corrupt.

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