Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Santorum jumps ship, GOP looks to Romney

Primaries foreshadow Nov.

By Thomas Haines, Opinion Columnist

After briefly suspending his campaign for several days in the beginning of April to tend to his sick daughter, Rick Santorum made a shocking announcement: he was officially dropping out of the race for the Republican Party presidential nomination.

Notably absent from his announcement of was an endorsement for any other nominee.

Even if Santorum had endorsed Newt Gingrich, the man in third place after Romney and Santorum respectively, Gingrich would still have less than half of the delegates.

Thus, bringing near certainty of Romney becoming the Republican Party presidential nominee.

With no major contenders left in the race, Romney can now turn his full attention toward trying to defeat Barack Obama in the November elections.

According to a press release, “for Mitt Romney, this race has always been about defeating President Obama and getting Americans back to work.”

However, this is not particularly true, though it may have been in the beginning of the race.

After Santorum won in Iowa and Gingrich won South Carolina earlier in the year, Romney turned toward his Republican Party rivals, taking away time he could have been using to tackle the presidential incumbent, Obama.

In this prolonged primary race, we saw attack ads along with very harsh criticism among the Republican Party candidates.

The primaries began in early January and will continue until June 26. Even with Santorum dropping out, it will be increasingly difficult for Romney to easily win the independent voters, who see disunity in the Republican Party.

Santorum has dropped out of the race and Romney has all but clinched the Republican Party nomination. However, we will have a long race to the presidency if it resembles anything of what we have seen of the Republican primaries.

Thomas Haines is a junior at Pacific Lutheran University studying history. He is the vice president of the PLU Democrats and secretary for the PLU Secular Student Alliance.