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The Trail: 2012 Presidential News from the Field / CAMPAIGN 2012

Santorum: I Never Considered Dropping Out

After dealing with his daughter's illness, he moves his campaign to the Midwest.

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January 30, 2012

COTTLEVILLE, Mo. -- Rick Santorum said on Monday that after a weekend off the campaign trail at the hospital with his daughter, Bella, he never reconsidered going forward with his presidential bid. “These things always have a way of working out,” he said.

“Obviously, if things had not gone well, that’s a different story,” Santorum added outside St. Charles Community College in Cottleville, making his way through an overflow crowd that could not fit into his first event back on the trail. “But thankfully they have, and we feel very energized that she’s gonna do well.”

Santorum confirmed reports that Bella, who suffers from a serious genetic disorder, remains afflicted with pneumonia in both lungs. But he said she is “on the road to recovery,” and told National Journal/CBS News that she would be in the hospital for “a few more days, just to make sure.”

 

Opting to duck out of Florida ahead of its Tuesday primary, Santorum will visit Minnesota later on Monday before heading to Colorado and Nevada on Tuesday. He told CNN that he sees himself as competitive in Missouri and Minnesota, and that he has hired staff for some of the Super Tuesday states in March.

“This is a race that we believe will come to us at some point, and we'll be able to take advantage of it when it does,” he said.

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