Santorum calls it quits, but does not endorse Romney

Rick Santorum suspended his campaign - modern political-speak for "I'm getting out of the race unless a shocking personal or political calamity strikes the front-runner" - on Tuesday ahead of Pennsylvania's April 24 primary.

Rick Santorum suspended his campaignmodern political-speak for “I'm getting out of the race unless a shocking personal or political calamity strikes the front-runner – on Tuesday ahead of Pennsylvania's April 24 primary.  

Yet Santorum did not endorse the now truly inevitable Republican nominee Mitt Romney. Nor did he make any mention of the former Massachusetts governor during a 12-minute speech. Santorum told Romney during his concession call that he will not immediately endorse, according to The New York Times.

Santorum, considered a political has-been after losing his Senate seat by 17-points in 2006, rocketed to national prominence after a list of alternatives to Romney –  Texas Gov. Rick Perry to Donald Trump to pizza executive Herman Cain – fizzled before the Iowa caucuses. However, Santorum's campaign lost traction with voters in more moderate states after his comments on John F. Kennedy and the separation of church and state and statements calling President Barack Obama “a snob” for encouraging students to go to college. A surrogate's remarks belittling the use of contraception didn't help either.  

Meanwhile, Romney, left only to contend with Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul, has begun to focus his message on President Barack Obama, describing economic differences between the two candidates before more moderate audiences.  

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