Mitt Romney congratulates Rick Santorum on his campaign, calls him an ‘able and worthy competitor’

FILE - In this April 5, 2012 file photo, Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks in Tunkhannock, Pa. Romney is pouring nearly $3 million into TV ads in Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mitt Romney has congratulated Rick Santorum on his campaign, calling him an ‘able and worthy competitor.’

According to a blog post on CNN, Romney issued the following statement:

“Senator Santorum is an able and worthy competitor, and I congratulate him on the campaign he ran. He has proven himself to be an important voice in our party and in the nation. We both recognize that what is most important is putting the failures of the last three years behind us and setting America back on the path to prosperity.”

Poltico reported that Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul also responded to Santorum’s announcement, releasing statements:

“Rick has waged a remarkable campaign. His success is a testament to his tenacity and the power of conservative principles,” Gingrich said in a statement. “I am committed to staying in this race all the way to Tampa so that the conservative movement has a real choice. I humbly ask Senator Santorum’s supporters to visit Newt.org to review my conservative record and join us as we bring these values to Tampa. We know well that only a conservative can protect life, defend the Constitution, restore jobs and growth and return to a balanced budget.”

And Paul also congratulated Santorum on a hard-fought race.

“Congratulations to Senator Santorum on running such a spirited campaign. Dr. Paul is now the last – and real – conservative alternative to Mitt Romney,” the campaign’s statement said. “We plan to continue running hard, secure delegates, and press the fight for limited, constitutional government in Tampa.”

 

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