Santorum Comment on the Death of Chuck Colson

Verona, PA - Former presidential candidate and Senator Rick Santorum issued the following statement upon learning of the passing of Chuck Colson, founder of Prison Fellowship Ministries:

"Karen and I were deeply saddened to learn about Chuck’s passing.  Over the last few years, both in and out of public life, I’ve had the opportunity to get to know Chuck and have admired him and his commitment to living out his faith.

"Chuck was a humble man who learned from his own frailty to care for the ‘least of these,’ especially prisoners.  His work to bring Christianity to those who were in their darkest days changed the lives of many.

"My thoughts and prayers are with Chuck’s wife Patty, the entire Colson family and the community at Prison Fellowship Ministries during this very difficult time.  Chuck was a patriot, who loved his country and loved serving his God, and we are all a little better off for having known him."

Rick Santorum is poised to suspend his bid for the presidency on Tuesday, removing the last significant obstacle in Mitt Romney’s now all-but-certain march to the Republican presidential nomination. (Political Hotsheet report by Brian Montopoli)

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum’s 3-year-old daughter, Bella, is recovering well and could leave the hospital as soon as Monday, campaign spokesman Hogan Gidley said. (Political Hotsheet report by Rebecca Kaplan)

Santorum Campaign Statement Regarding Bella Santorum

Verona, PA - The Rick Santorum for President campaign released the following statement regarding the daughter of Rick Santorum, Bella Santorum, and Monday’s campaign events.

Hogan Gidley said: “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. The entire Santorum family is incredibly grateful for the outpouring of prayers and support.”

Scene at Rick Santorum’s election night party ten minutes before its scheduled start time. And then after 40 minutes, much improvement in the size of the Santorum’s election party. (Photos taken by Rebecca Kaplan, CBS News and National Journal)

Rick Santorum enjoys some ice cream at Hawkeye Dairy in Abbotsford, Wis. (Photo taken by Lindsey Boerma, CBS News and National Journal)  

Rick Santorum enjoys some ice cream at Hawkeye Dairy in Abbotsford, Wis. (Photo taken by Lindsey Boerma, CBS News and National Journal)  

Political Hotsheet article by Rebecca Kaplan, CBS News/National Journal

Political Hotsheet article by Rebecca Kaplan, CBS News/National Journal

CPAC Straw Poll Results

Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington, D.C.

Mitt Romney               —  38%

Rick Santorum            —  31%

Newt Gingrich            —  15%

Ron Paul                     —  12%

 

3,408 activists voted from 9am Thursday through 1pm Saturday,

Straw poll conducted on-line for the Washington Times by Tony Fabrizio.

Per the Washington Times — Romney’s 38% was the highest of any candidate since George W. Bush won 42 percent of the vote in 2000, en route to the nomination and the White House. The poll wasn’t held from 2001 through 2004, but has been held every year since then.