WASHINGTON - Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Priebus released the following statement regarding Senator Rick Santorum's decision to suspend his campaign:
"Today, Senator Santorum has made a commendable decision. He has decided to put his country, party, and desire to defeat President Obama ahead of any personal ambition. I applaud his decision and congratulate him on the campaign he has run," said RNC Chairman Reince Priebus.
"Senator Santorum has run a strong and admirable race. He has exemplified what a grassroots campaign is all about. He started out with little more than a pickup truck, going county to county in Iowa. As he exits the race today, he does so from the national stage.
"I look forward to working with Rick over the months ahead in a united effort to save the country from the devastating policies of Barack Obama. Rick has already reached out to say he will be part of the team effort to ensure Republican victories up and down the ballot in November. He will continue to be an active leader and persuasive voice in our Party and in the larger conservative movement.
"We all know Rick as a dedicated family man. Throughout his political career, he has said he is a 'father first.' In his presidential campaign, Rick has stayed true to his values, always putting his duties as father and husband above all.
"I thank Rick for his service, his ideas, and his tireless efforts. The most consequential election of our lifetimes stands ahead of us, and I know he will continue to be a leader in the important work to come."