Santorum ends presidential campaign before PA primary: Hate to say (Ed Rendell) told you so

Former Governor Ed Rendell. Photo by Jeff Fusco.

With Rick Santorum’s announcement that he is dropping out of the race for the Republican nomination, there is at least one person who can proudly say, “Hate to say I told you so.”

Last night at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell had some simple advice for Rick Santorum: “Get out.”

“If Senator Santorum were smart,” Rendell commented, “he would stand up, concede, endorse Governor Romney–say he always believed Mitt Romney would be president–endorse him and get out. Because if you’re Senator Santorum, think of where you were a week before Iowa: You were going to be an inconsequential flea in this picture.”

Rendell continued his advice for Santorum: “You’ve won 10 states, you’ve become the last true conservative standing, you’ve done very well for yourself. If you hang in there and lose your home state, it’s the only thing that’s going to be remembered, that you can’t carry your home state.”

Santorum had previously expressed confidence, stating just a few days ago, “We are going to win Pennsylvania.”

Rendell admitted it’s tempting to try to stay the course. “When you’re there, the limelight is intoxicating,” he said. “It’s like heroin.”

Apparently, Santorum heeded Rendell’s advice.

For audio of Rendell’s comments, click the play button below.

On April 9 the National Constitution Center hosted Rendell, former governor of Pennsylvania, and Christine Todd Whitman, former governor of New Jersey. For more of their comments, check out Constitution Daily’s recap.

Holly Munson is the Programs Coordinator for Public Engagement at the National Constitution Center.

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