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Rick Santorum cancels Monday campaign events due to daughter’s health

at 09:35 PM ET, 04/07/2012

Rick Santorum’s presidential campaign announced Saturday that the former Pennsylvania senator would suspend events scheduled for Monday so that he could spend time with his hospitalized daughter.


FILE - In this June 6, 2011 file photo, Republican presidential candidate, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum holds his daughter Isabella in Somerset. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
“Senator Santorum will not hold any campaign related events on Monday so that he and Karen can remain in the hospital with their daughter Bella,” said campaign spokesman Hogan Gidley. “The entire Santorum family is incredibly grateful for the outpouring of prayers and support.”

Santorum’s daughter, who suffers from a rare genetic disorder known as Trisomy 18, was hospitalized Friday morning. Santorum also canceled a handful of campaign events in January when Bella was hospitalized with pneumonia.

Santorum had planned to take the weekend off the campaign trail to spend time with his family during the Easter holiday. That break came amid rampant speculation that the former Pennsylvania senator was rethinking his presidential candidacy, a notion his campaign pushed back against by releasing a memo late Thursday insisting that he retains a path to beating former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney.

Santorum continues to eye the April 24 primary in his home state of Pennsylvania as his chance to rebound from a string of recent losses. Polling shows the race in the Keystone State is a toss up.

 
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