A Few Thoughts about Rick Santorum Suspending His Campaign

Just now, Rick Santorum suspended his Presidential campaign, after a weekend at the hospital with his three year old daughter Bella. As you probably are aware, Bella was born with Trisomy 18 — a genetic disorder similar to Down syndrome that’s caused her short life to be an ongoing battle.

No matter who you support for President in 2012, you have to admire how Sen. Santorum champions life – he fights for it in Washington and he fights for it in his own home, day after day.

As he suspends his 309 day campaign, let’s honor his pro-life conviction by watching this touching campaign video. No, he doesn’t have a campaign anymore, but we’ll never stop the fight for life.

 

 

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  • http://www.breakpoint.org Gina

    Well said!

  • Caroline Jenkins

    I do admire his fight for life and I will always cheer him on.

  • Laura

    Thank you for posting this. I agree, Mr. Santorum has done a wonderful job of promoting the pro-life stance that he not only speaks of, but lives, every day.

    I wish there were more people like him!

  • Maleena

    I admire his fight for life and putting his family first!

  • Lisa

    I absolutely support his decision to be with his beautiful family. You can’t get family time back. I don’t agree with him politically at all, but the love he has for his family is real and something everyone can agree on. :)

  • Danielle

    My daughter had trisomy 18 as well but died three days after she was born. How fortunate he is to have his daughter 3 YEARS later. WOW what a miracle! I had no idea! I am a Conservative and have kept up with many of the republican debates and yet I never knew Rick’s daughter had what my daughter had. It would be nice to have an advocate in the white house for this disease because so little can be done about it or to prevent it. I’m sad to see him go. :(

  • Temple Riddle

    It is a sad day for America, like you Mother, Santorum was the light for US getting back on track. I don’t think Romney will beat Obama and that is sadder. He may savc the election with Rick or West as VP.

  • Lora

    What a sad day! I can’t believe the best we can do is “Romney”. For the first time in my voting life.. I will not be voting in a election. I don’t see any difference in Romney and Obama. At least we know Obama is going to sink the county.. I would rather stay on a ship that I know is sinking over having a captain not be able to figure out if its sinking.

  • http://heritagecreek.blogspot.com/ Debbie

    What a beautiful tribute to one of God’s perfect creations. God knows what he’s doing. Thanks for sharing:) Sad to see him go, but proud of a man who chooses his family over status.

  • Amber

    So true Bristol. Thank you for being a voice for life!

  • jan page

    Thanks for posting this, Bristol. I thank you for helping to keep putting forth the fact that family comes first. You, your Mom, and now Santorum are perfect and serious examples of what is right in life.

  • mistah charley, ph.d.

    I saw the announcement. Although Santorum is suspending his campaign he is not giving up the fight for America’s future. And speaking of the future, after Romney’s two terms in office Santorum will STILL be younger than Romney is now.

  • kimberly

    I’m praying for his daughter. My baby girl had Trisomy 18 also but we lost her almost 2 months after she was born. I just discovered his daughter had this reading Bristol’s blog. Its not a disorder you here about alot. What a blessing he still has her in his life. Cherish ever moment with your children and tell them everyday you love them no matter what.

  • bbmomof3

    If your mom would get in this race, she would have my 110% support!! I think she would make the best President at this time for our Nation. She is one who stands up for what she believes in and does not flip flop. She loves America like not other current candidate and cares about the future of our Nation. I pray if it’s God’s will that she will get in.

  • Sue Lynn

    Well said Bristol. He is a great example of a great dad and he loves this country. We need more men like him. I know your family is loving also and lets pray for all going forward. There is only one lady I want to cast my ballot for but if that never happens I will follow her gentle lead. God Bless ….now lets fight for our kids and our country!!!! Game On!!!!!

  • Foolish Mortal

    Kudos to Santorum and I understand why he chose his family over politics! I love the picture of him holding his beautiful little girl with such joy on his face.

  • Jules

    What an awesomely beautiful story. This is the kind of man our country needs for a leader. Perhaps he will run again in a future election.

  • Andy Sandoval

    Its sad that only the good people have sense to stay out of politics, when that’s where we need the good people most.

  • Jeanne Swaney

    I really admire and respect Rick Santorum and I loved his message to America. He was truly a good man.

  • http://www.ak365.blogspot.com LisaJ

    More people should put their families first, like Mr. Santorum did. I respect his decision and wish him and his family the best.

  • Bonnie Bailey

    Hey Bristol,

    We need your help. Can you please talk to your mom and tell her how much America wants and needs her to step into the 2012 Presidential race? I am a member of Sarah Palin’s Earthquake. We have worked so hard for her to keep her name out there in case she truly did have a plan that would allow her to be a candidate in this race without actually being ‘out there’ exposed to the LSM and their vile attacks. With Santorum out, the conservative base has no voice now. More than ever, America needs Sarah Palin. Please speak to her on our behalf. We don’t truly know what she wants us to do. She said ‘no’…but did ‘no’ really mean ‘no’? We don’t want to believe that. She has the answers and the vision that America needs at this time. I truly believe we cannot survive another four years of Obama and do not believe any of our GOP candidates can beat him. Before 2008, I paid no attention to politics. THEN CAME SARAH! She was so captivating. She spoke about the things we believed in…had the same values our parents had instilled in us and that we try to teach our children. She was passionate, fiery, truthful, beautiful…full of life. We fell in love with her and the romance still continues today. But it isn’t infatuation we have for your mom…It is admiration, devotion, respect, loyalty…We will (and have) stood through the fire with her. We will be behind her every step of the way. Please convey this to her. America needs her. Thanks Bristol.

    • Steve

      Nice post Bonnie, Thank You!

    • observer1

      America is a house divided: 25% conservative, 25% left and 50% moderates. These numbers explain why conservative candidates like Rick Santorum and Sarah Palin will never win the election. They won’t get the votes of the moderates, even not the votes of moderate Republicans which they call RINOs. Although Mitt Romney is not perfect, he is by far the best choice. Rep. voters show at the primaries that they understand this.

  • M Beatty

    All I can say is….Palin/Santorum 2016

  • Greg Call

    Thanks for posting, Bristol. We pray for the Lord’s mercy on our nation and His will in these upcoming elections.

  • Gary Moorhead

    Why is it men and women of integrity always face an up hill battle in politics? Whether it is family issues, or character assasinations by those who run from goodness, it is always the same.
    On another note, congratulations to Mitt for being the pit bull of the GOP; relentless in his ambition and chewing up any and all who challenged him. He’ll make a great mediocre replacement for our current knucklehead in chief.

  • Andy Sandoval

    Bristol, please ask your mom to jump in. Our beloved nation can not handle four more years of socialism, which is what we will have if either Obama or Oromney gets elected. So many of us have asked her with postcards and Facebook posts to run. If Oromney gets that 1144 delegate number, our nation will be doomed for another four years.
    Thank you so much.

  • TAMpoet

    That has got to be one of the cutest and most heartwarming pictures of little Bella and her beaming daddy I’ve seen! A lotta love there.

  • Megan M

    Rick is a great man and would have been a great President. I think he realized he would rather spend days with his daughter than on the campaign trail for a longer period of time since she was in the hospital again and this time for a longer period of time. Being there for her is more important – family is everything! Rick will be back to fight for our country again

  • http://www.amandascrazycreations.blogspot.com Amanda

    Amazing Love leads to amazing sacrifice! What an honorable man…

  • http://100%Sarah'sYouBetchaNation/FB John Norton

    The door just swung open a little wider for your Mother,Bristol…

  • Scott

    I have to agree with you 100%…BUT, I have been amazed at the hate being thrown Senator Santorum’s way *from the RIGHT*! I’m just stunned. You don’t have to agree with any of his politics, that’s OK. But to come out attacking him personally as they do? Is that what conservatives are about? Not me.
    Of course, this is the same vitriol thrown towards Gov Palin too. It was disgusting then and it’s disgusting now.
    The way the right has treated both Santorum and Palin is why I do not associate myself with them anymore.
    Very good article, but it just makes me think of what’s been done to him by his own team.

  • Kim A

    Wishing Sen Santorum and his family many blessings and prayers especially for his daughter Bella….

  • Billy

    How can you be pro-life and then hate homosexuals… Sorry but this man is a bigot and didn’t deserve a chance to run for our melting pot of a country…

    • Ivana

      Homo sexuality cannot pro create. Medically, it brings disease and eventually, death. So, these two topics do not go hand in hand. I do not hate homosexuals. I think it is fine for them to live as they have choose.

      • Andy Sandoval

        Bill, homosexuality is a PREFERENCE. I know people who came out of homosexuality. But you can’t change your race, dude! The melting pot, since you don’t understand or you are trying to pervert it, is in relation to RACE.
        Man, get it right.

        • Sam Adams

          Homosexuality is not always a choice, dude.
          Some folk are born that way.
          If you don’t like it, don’t own it.
          But stop the hateful invective.
          That’s not Godly, either.

  • Phoebe Ivers

    Thank you Bristal for your kind remarks.
    Thank you too for the video which caused a lump to come into my throat and tears to my eyes.
    May God richly reward Rick and his family for their choice to put Bella first.
    This family truly understands to importance of LIFE.
    May we like wise honor the birth of every child.

  • Michelle McManus

    I’ve got to commend Rick for his faith and devotion to his family. I believe that He is a good compassionate man. It pains me to hear that our choices for Presidency are becoming so limited. There is still a need for a true constitutional fiscal conservative that cannot be bought or sold by the elitist. Somone with guts of sheer determination and integrity beyond measure. Perhaps you could put a bug in her ear! We need her leadership now more than ever.

  • Annie

    This is the difference that always strikes me between the conservatives and the liberals. When one of our own loses or concedes, we pat them on the back, tell them good job and better luck next time and we truly and warmly wish them well. This is foreign to the liberal intellectually “superior” mind. Christians are taught when we are small to let our light for God shine and always follow the Golden Rule. Rick Santorum is a wonderful role model and excellent example of a shining light and we are all very proud to have had him in the campaign fighting for life for the last 309 days.
    Shine on Rick and Shine on to you too, Bristol!

  • Karen Bailey

    Praying and wishing the best for Little Miss Bella. God has sent her to this family for a reason, and they have taken her and loved her. Thank you for being followers of God and his goodness.

  • Sam Adams

    Rick is a good man and today is a sad day now that he is out.
    I don’t share all of his social opinions but I respect him.
    He stuck his neck out, he stuck to his guns, and I never once felt threatened by any of his opinions even though I don’t share all of them.
    As long as he is free to have his, I am free to have mine.

    I have always wondered why your Mom never supported him much.
    He seems much more morally concerned than the other candidates.
    He’s young and healthy, has a voice, and will hopefully rise again.

    The question is who will represent the Tea Party’s views now?

  • Judy Wolven

    Wow, beautifully said, I’m sure your family so gets this. Special children indeed

  • sarah

    Well put very sad about his daughter but all we can do as I have and contiue todo is pray for ur family and his and many more politians

  • bellagrazi

    Wow, I’m just now learning this news from you, Bristol! Rick Santorum did the right thing. There is nothing more important than your children. My prayers are with his family.

  • janice gundersen

    Rick santorum is the man i voted for. I believe in his christian conservative. I am afraid romney will be in a battle against the lying democrats and the liberal media.

  • John

    Nothing beats a Father’s love for his daughter. It’s a painful decision he chose but, it’s the wisest choice. The little girl needs both Daddy and Mommy.

  • Jerry

    You have to feel sorry for Bella and the family. We had a D. S. baby and it was tough. I really hated to see him, Rick, drop out. Being a tax payer that pays more than the 1%, he would have been great for me. No funding for planned parenthood, no funding for health care, no funding for ANY woman’s needs, no welfare, public education a waste, JFK makes me puke, Our Pres is a thug, and on and on. Hey, this guy was right on, maybe with him running things, it might not cost me anthing. Now with him gone I will most probably go ahead and vote for PRESIDENT OBOMA.

    • Christine Lathrop

      Rick Santorum was an honorable man. He was the only conservative in the bunch. I admire and want to thank him for given so much of his time to spread his message. I just wish more people would have listened. Mitt Romney is not the answer! I am going to write in your Mom’s name, I will not vote for Romney…..he shouldn’t be the nominee of our party!

      • Phillip Burdine

        A non vote is a vote for Obama. If you can live with that, you might want to question your political convictions, I do. I am sure Sarah would prefer you vote for the Republican nominee instead of her.

  • Linda

    Run Sarah RUN!!!!

  • dwsteen

    A good man for sure! He will continue to inspire people to always do the right thing.

  • mlatt326

    What a bunch of crap. If he really cared about his daughter, he wouldn’t have run. He quit because he was about to lose in his home state. He used his family to garner support.

  • Phillip Burdine

    Senator Santorum, you did the best you could but it wasn’t in the cards this time. The Republican Party needs your strength, insight and morale compass now more than ever. We will always need a Rick Santorum and a Sarah Palin in the fight, stay the course for the sake of our country. God Bless you and your family.

  • http://www.lydid.com Amanda Gonsman

    This video shows what a beautiful person Rick is and it saddens me that he couldn’t be our president. But I have 2 young boys and husband and I totally understand putting your children and family first. My prayers are with the Santorum family in all they do.
    Blessings

  • Joseph

    I believe he made the right decision. I did vote for him. But I’m glad he chose his family first. I really do like him; you can just really see his love for God! Rick, his daughter, Bella and the rest of his family are in my prayers. Love you guys! And thanks, Bristol, for sharing your thoughts!

  • Maze

    How can you put a price or an amount of time that someone is allowed to feel loved. I would rather feel loved for a day than never being loved over a full lifespan! God bless Bella for experiencing a life of being loved by the Santorums!

  • Jan

    I was torn between him and Newt when I voted. I voted for Newt because of his knowledge and his amazing debating skills. I wish Rick all the best.

  • Terry Spears

    Thank you for posting this. I voted for Rick and believe that he would have made a great president. He has made the right choice by suspending his campagin. I believe that his love for precious little Bella was the deciding factor.

  • Pat Howe

    As I prepare to go in to volunteer at our local crisis pregnancy center this morning I saw your u-tube on facebook. May the Lord bless you for your conviction on life. May He bless Bella with life and bless your family.

  • David Dempsey

    Maybe now the Republcan Candidates can stop bashing each other and give their full attention to Obama and his Record and his Failed Policies.

    • myj

      Please name all his failed policies. He has accomplished more in 3.5 years than most Presidents did in 8 years…. He saved this country from going into another great depression, When he took office Jan 2009, we were already losing 700,000 jobs per month and reversed to to gaining 200,000 to 300.000 per month. Thanks God for ACA, children like little Bella can’t be denied Health Care for pre-existance. Young adults can now stay on the parent insurance while they are in College or just going into the job markets.
      *Credit Care reform,
      *Student Loan Reform,
      *Equal Pay and Equal Work
      *Repeal of DADT
      *Wall Street Reform
      *Ending The war In Iraq
      *Saving The US Auto Industry
      *Middle Class Tax Cut
      *Hate Crime Prevention Act
      *Raising Fuel Efficiency Standards
      *Affortable Care Act and many more have been done….
      He is for the People..

  • Thomas Hubbard

    Bristol I admirer you for reaching out to the Santorum family. Despite that there maybe political indeferance we must stay united in Christ. We must be praying for them call upon the Lord to place his healing hand upon this Child in Faith.

  • Joann

    My thoughts and prayers are with the Santorums during these difficult times.

  • sue freivald

    thank you, Bristol, for posting this video about the Santorums — I believe that Rick Santorum would have been a great president — as he is a great father. And I also believe that he has helped our nation focus on the values that will make us great as a nation, if we choose to live them. He and his family have given, and will continue to give, us much. My prayers for them and thanks to them. And to you.

  • Sarah Johnson

    You are a smart girl, Bristol! The Santorums have brought lots of love to the table. I think he showed lots of that in his speeches. We must pull together now and get Obama out of the White House.

  • http://yahoo.com Byra Burke

    Thank you Bristol for sharing this . May God Bless The Santorums and their children. He is a stand up kind of guy.

  • Morris Hahn

    The best candidate for president out of the 4 left has just given the nod to Romney. Let’s forget the campaign talk and stand behind Romney. We have to defeat Obama the worst president ever. He is bent on destroying America any way he can. Just read his book “Dreams of my father” how he plans on taking America down. He has told you–open your eyes. Defeat Obama is the highest priority ever in our history for the sake of our children and grandchildren. May God bless Rick Santorum, his family and especially little Bella on her struggle for her life. The dirt farmer from SE MO

  • http://jeremylundmark.wordpress.com Jeremy J. Lundmark

    Good thoughts Bristol. Thanks for this post. He is a champion for life whatever else we may disagree with.

    Also, I think we can say that all of the candidates who have come to the GOP this Election cycle are strong advocates for Life. Whoever wins… let’s salute them all for that commitment.

  • Doug

    Thank you Bristol it hurts to see a child with something like that. I pray the Lord well heal her. All Republicans must stop fighting and get togather to beat Obama. Keep the news comeing. God bless.

  • CJ

    That was an incredibly beautiful, and moving video! My eye makeup is reaching my chin right now, but, Rick’s story deserves tears. Tears for the unconditional love he tenderly expresses for his precious little girl, the courage to defend those who are considered by some to be “IMPERFECT”, ABNORMAL”, DISABLED”, USELESS EATERS” and an “ECONOMIC BURDEN” to ‘the system”, tears for the millions of unborn babies who never got to share the gift of who GOD purposed them to be……. and tears for those who believe they have the right to decide who has worth and who doesn’t. Rick Santorum is correct…………………………….these precious children are not the ones who are disabled. WE are…….and I applaud him for possessing the humility and heart to reverence the GOD OF ALL CREATION and the sanctity of life.

  • Nita L

    Bristol, you have a heart of gold. Your post on Rick Santorum shows much love and compassion for he and his wonderful family. I so wish he would stay in this most important presidential election, for this country needs a man of God, hoping we can once again please our Father in heaven as we did when He gave us this beautiful land. When our founding fathers were drafting the Constitution, without God guiding them, we would fall into the hands of the Adversary’s hands. Over 200 plus years, with many leaders ignoring what was written, also ignoring The Ten Commandments, I see where we’re headed, and it’s not the right path. Rick’s morals, his love for our Creator, as well as love for all Americans, he was my choice, yet those who don’t know Jesus wanted nothing to do with his relationship with the Lord. Sad, but true. They choose to not believe, to which we must keep them lifted up in prayer. As with Rick, his wonderful family, especially Miss Bella. What an Angel indeed. Now, we MUST get behind Romney, keeping him lifted in prayer, that he see’s the Light in it’s true form, for we HAVE to remove Obama, for another 4 years of his radical, wrong thinking, Socialist ways are not America’s way. Keep praying America. Psalms 109:8. Obama MUST BE REMOVED! God bless you Rick, your family, and you Bristol, and your blessed family! Jesus loves us all!! AMEN

  • kate

    I am sorry that he has departed but family must come first. Romney makes me nervous. I have studied and worked in politics in several countries and when I look at him there is for me, something that doesnt click. I feel that things will get real nasty from here on in but the key issue is to get the current incumbent out, he is not going to change his ways. Bless you Bristol and your family.

  • Ronda

    Bristol, Thank You so much for sharing this video with us. I am in complete admiration of Mr. Santorum and his family. They truly would have been a welcome site to Washington DC. I pray God will continue to bless him and his family along with you and yours.

  • Marie Simmons

    Rick Santorum’s daughter is so beautiful. She is a child of God, a special child and the Good Lord knew who he could trust her with when he gave her to the Santorum family. May God bless them all!!!!!!

  • Evan

    Thanks for posting this Bristol. I still feel he’s the right man for the job.

  • Mrs. B

    thank you so much for sharing that. It brought a tear to my eye, especially the part when he said Bella isn’t disabled we are. How can you not look at that beautiful child and know that God is good?

  • Larry

    This is a sad day for America. Rick would be a great president.

    • Tara Grunlund

      I agree! Hopefully he’ll get another chance in another 4 years..?

  • Michelle W

    Bristol, thank you so much for sharing this video! It is very touching.

  • Kimberly

    I don’t believe he would have beaten Obama or would have been the best candidate for president, but I do admire his role in the pro life cause. As someone who works closely with kids with all kinds of developmental disabilities, it warms my heart to see him show the world how to love these sweet children of God.

  • myj

    I am praying for a complete healing in Lil Bella’s body, from the top of her head down to her toes and that she can live a complete normal life…. In Jesus’ Holy Name….

    I am not voting for any of the Gop!!! so I don’t really care if Rick stay or leave the campaign. After what he said on tape, calling President Obama a government N____ I have lost the little respect I had in him.

    I wish people will stop saying God told me to run for President or This is God’s will, or this is what God called me to do… Michele, Herman, Perry and Santorum are quilty and need to repent for lying on God…

    I don’t trust Romney… He is too phony, everything President Obama is for, he supported in the past, he had the same policies…. He accept had a Swiss Bank Account, He only pay 15 or 13% tax while the middle, working class pay 30%. He critized Obama staying at Harvard too long, when Obama earned an higher GPA in three years than he accomplished in 4.

    Obama 2012

  • Lena

    As much as I believe that Mr. Santorum’s ideas are dangerously out of touch with modern America, and that he would make a terrible president, I send him my best wishes for his daughter’s health and happiness. She is a lovely child.

    • http://madamescherzo.tumblr.com Jewel

      America is dangerously out of touch, not Santorum.

      • http://Jehunetworkministries.net Dorothy Dorothy

        Now that is a true statement, and they do come along once in awhile!!!

  • GrammarMatters

    Bristol,
    Buy a grammar book and use it. The constant errors are distracting.

  • mark

    I agree! He would be my pick for President. He seems like a wonderful God Loving Man. It seems to me that the handwriting was on the wall from the very beginning. Just like the liberals the conservatives decided who was going to get this position and it was Romney!! Sad to say for me but I guess better than the alternative. But, I just loved Rick Santorum and his love for God, family and country! He is a wonderful Husband and Father. His dropping out is a loss for us and our country. But, yes maybe in four years!! He is a very young man. I hope our country will still be in tact at that point!!!!

  • DonMar

    I’m not a Republican nor will I vote for Mitt Romney in November. However, I do want to say that I commend Mr. Rick Santorum as a father – I might disagree with his views, but he seems like a very kind man who has beautiful relationships with his children, especially his daughter Bella. I commend him for putting his family, especially his daughter, before political power.

  • Ann

    What a great story. Thank you for sharing this on your blog.

  • http://christopherlbiagi.com Chris Biagi

    Bristol, for those of us who supported Senator Santorum from before the Iowa Caucus to the suspension of his campaign one of the many things that attracted us, young and old alike was his steadfast position on the Right to Life. The sad fact that Senator and Mrs. Santorum have lost a child coupled with the medical issues they deal with daily in little Bella they show that they are true champions to the cause. For the life of me I do not understand how this great country of ours has gone from such a God fearing nation to one who reviles anyone who stands up for the cause of life. We see celebrities like Kirk Cameron smeared for daring to believe in life, and I am sure given the position your Mom takes on the issue you have had to read and hear it for years.

  • http://wordpaintingsunlimited.blogspot.com author sherry gammon

    Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have a man like that Lead our country? Maybe someday.

  • manny

    i think its a really off base to say that no one values life like he does. How about how he equates gay marriage to man on dog? How about standing up everyone….not just a select few. The guy wont even endorse Mitt Romney….his career is over.


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