Thank-you for running, Rick Santorum 5


By Tom Quiner

Republican presidential candidate, Rick Santorum

Rick Santorum suspends his campaign

Rick Santorum amazes me.

I heard him speak at a small gathering in a West Des Moines home last summer. I never thought he had a chance to win the nomination.

I was wrong.

The man who lost his last election, a Senatorial race in Pennsylvania, in a landslide gave Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich all they could handle.

Amazingly, he became the leading conservative contender over Newt Gingrich earlier this year. And he did it with an unflinching conservative message.

While almost every politicians flip flops to some extent, Mr. Santorum proved himself to be a man of principle.

I have much admiration for him as a husband, as a father, and as a Roman Catholic who remains true to his faith even when it is politically unpopular.

I have tremendous respect for him as an American.

Rick Santorum announced earlier today that he is suspending his presidential campaign. My hope is that President Romney includes him in his cabinet. He has demonstrated a breadth of domestic and foreign policy experience that can serve our country well.

Quiner’s Diner has already put forward Newt Gingrich’s name to be the next HHS Secretary (“Newt Gingrich for Secretary of Health and Human Services”).

I can see Rick Santorum as our next Secretary of Defense.

The die was cast. Rick Santorum was not going to overtake Mitt Romney. I believe he has done the right thing in suspending his campaign to allow Republicans to focus their attention on defeating Barack Obama.

Quiner’s Diner has been tough on Mitt Romney. But we shall vigorously support his campaign against the most divisive president in modern times, Barack Obama.

Conservatives, time to unite.

In the meantime, thank-you, Rick Santorum, for the tremendous sacrifice you made to your family and your country by running for president, and for raising the issues no one else wants to talk about.

5 comments

  1. Thanks, Tom, for writing this post. I am grateful for the platform Rick Santorum has had these past months. I’m sure we haven’t seen the last of him and his inspirational family.

  2. I actually shed a tear watching his speech today. We have a cousin who is affected by trisomy 18, and I cannot begin to describe the love and compassion Senator and Mrs. Santorum have personally extended to his parents. I don’t know about Secretary of Defense, but I’d love to see him in charge of something. I agree with his politics, share his faith, and think the country’s a better place with men like him in positions of authority.

  3. Senator Santorum has been the epitome of character, conviction and class; excelling in these above others in the campaign fray, in and out of office. I too admire greatly him as a husband, father and a Roman Catholic, Tom, and echo your tremendous respect for him as an American as well. I join you in expressing gratitiude to Senator Santorum for the tremendous sacrifice he made to his family and his country in running for president and for keeping the important issues at the forefront. TIME Magazine writer Joe Klein thanked Senator Santorum in the recent past for lessons he learned via images of Senator Santorum’s daughter Isabella smiling. Klein said: “I’m grateful I’m grateful to Santorum for forcing on me the discomfort of having to think about the moral implications of his daughter’s smile.” Indeed. Thank you so much Senator Santorum, for providing us for a time with some real hope for some real change.

  4. I have been a Rick Santorum fan for years. I am sad that our country seems destined to go the way of other great empires before it. But it’s time to work for the candidate who has the best chance to defeat the socialist who is in office right now. Let’s roll.

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