Overheard on CNN.com: Can public, private life coexist? Santorum suspends campaign
Rick Santorum had been Mitt Romney's closest rival but still had less than half of his delegate total.
April 10th, 2012
03:26 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Can public, private life coexist? Santorum suspends campaign

Editor's note: This post is part of the Overheard on CNN.com series, a regular feature that examines interesting comments and thought-provoking conversations posted by the community.

Rick Santorum suspended his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination Tuesday. This gives Mitt Romney fewer obstacles toward becoming the GOP nominee. Readers talked about the Republican horse race and about the occasional conflict between family demands, as in the case of Santorum's daughter, and a highly public life.

Santorum to suspend campaign, sources say

This reader said they believe Santorum is making the right decision for his family.

Matt Dotseth: "One has to wonder why Santorum is running. Like Sarah Palin, he has a special needs child. This makes it quite challenging for him to ever be able to focus 100% on the campaign, and probably being president. I for one think he should stick to his family, and take care of his daughter, and that's not because I completely disagree with his politics. For a 'family values' guy, isn't a family value taking care of your sick child, and putting that child before your own wants and needs?"

Some were happy to shift the focus to Mitt Romney. Some were not.

starspangled: "Now we all can finally rally behind our candidate and future President of the United States of America, Mitt Romney. The focus can finally be placed on obama who is dismantling our economy and turning this nation into something unrecognizable."

AlanThinks: "What do you live on? Sure isn't the same I live. Obama dismantled the economy? The last I heard the Republicans deregulated everything, robbed the bank and we are still digging out from it."

One reader was concerned about the implications for health care in America.

Punctus: "Speaking on behalf of the 1.2 million children with neither health insurance nor access to adequate healthcare in Texas, I want to wish Santorum's daughter all the best. Too bad Rick doesn't believe all children should have access to health care."

Some were suspicious of Santorum.

bookgirl2945: "Wow, this guy likes to talk. What a blowhard. He should have left it at 'We are trying to be good parents.' At least that is a person can respect. Saying it's about the daughter for 15 seconds and then going on and on about politics makes him look like the fool he is."

But this reader wrote a comment saying they prefer Santorum to Romney.

doctorwood: "Dear Rick Santorum and Family, As A lifelong Democrat and as someone who voted for Barack Obama, I humbly want to say that I hope God Blesses the health of your precious daughter. I will consider voting for Rick Santorum, a man who worked his way out of poverty. I can not vote for Mitt Romney, born with a silver spoon in his mouth. Please Pennylvanians, vote for our former civil servant and Senator, Rick Santorum! God Bless America in these perilous times!"

Kimip: "You voted him out of office in Pennsylvania because you did not trust him, and you want folks to vote him in as president?"

This reader questioned whether any person running for public office can be good to their family.

jpl83061: "No man or woman with children younger than college age should run or be president. Children need their father and a man or woman's children should be their top priority when they are young. The job of being the president is kind of an out-of-body experience. What child should have a father/mother that so many people hate so passionately? What kind of life would it be growing up in a bubble always worried someone wanted to hurt/kill your mom or dad? If anyone feels passionately enough about trying to lead this country, do your family a favor and wait until the kids are grown."

What do you think? Is it possible to mingle family demands and a visible, public life? Share your opinion in the comments area below and in the latest stories on CNN.com. Or sound off on video via CNN iReport.

Compiled by the CNN.com moderation staff. Some comments edited for length or clarity.

soundoff (50 Responses)
  1. Elizabeth

    He cares for his daughter but not for the millions of children and elderly that need health care, Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. Romney is just as bad, although his hypocrisy is more transparent. The conservatives have also divided this country. Re-elect President Obama.

    April 10, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Bruce

    May GOD BLESS YOU Mr.Santorum and YES CHILDREN COMES FIRST my thaughts and PRAYERS are with YOU and YOUR FAMILLY.

    April 10, 2012 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Rogue

      Obama is in a classroom. He's watching this little girl build a huge tower from Legos. He says to the girl "wow youve worked really hard here. I'm just gonna take half your Legos and give them to the children who have been napping all day."

      April 10, 2012 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • RevMum

      Very nice post. Decency is a good thing on blogs.

      April 10, 2012 at 11:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • RevMum

      The comment about being nice was for you, Bruce. For some reason it came up under Rogue.

      You probably could have figured out the error on your own., but just sayin'!

      April 10, 2012 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
  3. bobcat (in a hat) ©

    It's funny that when he thought he still had a chance, his family seemed secondary,

    April 10, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • banasy©

      I know, right?

      April 10, 2012 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Nate

    I am Nate and I am great. Goooo Team ! YAAAAY !

    April 10, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. blogs-o-matic

    Rick is the better man. Right priorities.

    Sad day for America. We have failed this country by not making sure NEWT or SANTORUM we the front runners for the republican nomonee.

    Mitt is more of the same. Just a (R) behind his name as nominee, doesn't mean he is the right candidate. Another liberial going up against a left wing liberial, you still end up with a liberial president.

    OBH CARE = Romney CARE

    Get ready to enjoy:

    High gas prices – 8 to 10 bucks a gal.

    High energy cost

    Higher unemployment – 10 % or greater

    Zero in your 401k or othe IRA accounts.

    Higher taxes

    the list goes on.....

    Wall Street protesters / 99%,s / Union Thugs are preparing to riot in the streets regardless who wins.

    Be prepared. Get out of debt, cash on hand, stock up on food and water, pray for GOD' MERCY.

    AMERICA IS LOST.

    April 10, 2012 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • banasy©

      If one thinks that Santorum would have been able to prevent any of the above from coming into fruition, one is severly delusional, or new to this country and its politics.

      April 10, 2012 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rogue

      America is lost under this over spending regime. Anyone who disagrees is delusional. Obama quote: "I will not pass a bill that adds even a dime to the deficit.". Oh really mr.president. 340 million added to the deficit because of Obama care. But u people keep living in a dream world while your savior brings this country to its knees

      April 10, 2012 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • RevMum

      Perhaps it would be a good idea to pray for goodwill, respect, and freedom from the Fox-induced fears which are forming your thoughts? You might feel better.

      April 10, 2012 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • dana©

      @blogs-o-matic-excellent post but I would beg to differ with you on Santorum being the best choice for the GOP ticket. I saw him perform in one of the debates in my home state and he was weak, misogynistic, and without a track record for anyone to even consider him. We are already enjoying the list of items you've laid out along with the real estate debacle.Do you believe any presidential candidate can make a change for the better?I simply do not see that happening and have considered not voting.

      April 11, 2012 at 1:08 am | Report abuse |
    • pmmarion

      I have gotta say that I always admire a class act and you are a first class IDIOT. lol

      April 11, 2012 at 6:19 am | Report abuse |
    • mms55

      yeah it's a sad day when a corupt former house speaker and a religous nut stuck in the 50's lose the nomination lol.give me a break!

      April 11, 2012 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Pander Bear

      You need to take all the pills the nice nurse gives you Mr. Chicken Little.

      April 11, 2012 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Sally

      Gas prices are the same as they were at this time before the 2008 elections. Oil prices are fixed by OPEC so you can't put the blame for it on the President. And maybe you should change financial advisers – my little 401k grew by $8,000 the first 2 months of this year – nearly 5% return. Look back at the fall of 2008 – remember how horrid it was? It's easy to lose sight how we were on the verge of a global economic meltdown. We're recovering – in spite of the near European financial collapse.

      We all knew it would take time to recover from 2008. We are finally seeing results. Why on Earth would anyone want to change Presidents right now is beyond me.

      Oh, wait, I see where you refer to our President as BHO – now I understand your hatred and delusional ideas

      April 11, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  6. blogs-o-matic

    @Rogue

    excellant example of the record BHO must run on.

    @Banasy

    Your opinion. Nice part of America. You can have one. Well, this month. After November, all bets are off.

    Long time citizen and voter since 1980's. Seen it all. But you keep drinking the BHO kool-aid. Drink up bud.. To the bitter end.

    April 10, 2012 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • banasy©

      Blog:
      Your opinion, also.
      Been voting longer than you.
      Have seen more than you think.
      Advise you to re-read my post.
      These things were not going to be halted by Santorum, or by anyone for that matter.
      I dislike kool-aid...never have liked it.
      I am independent.
      I'll vote for the best person who will serve the interests of ALL its citizens, not the party line.

      April 10, 2012 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • blogs-o-matic

      @Banasy

      ok – make it so captain. You know it all. Your choices should be the best.

      So you like Ron Paul?

      April 10, 2012 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lucifer

      Are you trying to start an argument, blogs-o-matic? Eh?

      April 10, 2012 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Franky

    I think some GOp followers are delusional. Especially, folks who make comments like Obama tore down the economy, let's go to the video tap as they say.

    When Obama took office on January 20, 2009, the following was true

    1) Osama was alive

    2) The dow was in the 5000's

    3) We had just lost some 8 million jobs since the recession began in June 2007, and 750,000 just in December 2008

    4) The economy had contracted every quarter since June 2007, meaning we had shrinking GDP, we now know we had a 6% reduction in our economic growth since June 2007, that's 3 times the size of the Reagan 1980 recession to give you an idea, and the biggest since the depression of 1937 which was 18%

    5) Corporate profits were in the tanks, GM was bankrupt a symbol of where American manufacturing had gone

    So, fast forward 3 years later

    1) Osama is dead

    2) The dow is over 13,000

    3) We've added almost 5 million+ jobs back, and GM is the #1 car manufacturer in the world again, thank you Mr. Obama

    4) The economy has grown every quarter since June 2009, not bad, having added jobs 26 of the last 30 months, inst4ead you know losing 750,000 a month, I think that's a pretty big change

    5) Corporate profits are at record highs, Intel, Apple, Exxon, GM had their best quarters in their entire history, Ford did as well (didn't get any bailout funds though)

    I mean anyone who says Obama has amde things worse as far as the economy is concerned, either wasn't alive in 2008 and 2009, or is simply delusional, the recovery may be slow, but that's a big difference between getting hit by a train and being on the life support that we were. People expecting us to be back in game form, getting ready for the pro bowl, just weren't realistic about our injuries.

    April 10, 2012 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • blogs-o-matic

      @Frankly

      Are you the typical BUSH basher, corporate America hater, 99%'r, Union Thug, welfare babyboomer, or just some who would prefer we were more like CUBA?

      April 10, 2012 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lucifer

      I see you ARE trying to start an arugument....bye bye bye!!!

      April 10, 2012 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rogue

      yes the Dow is over 1300. It rose way too quickly and will fall just as quick. Just watch and see. 8.5% unemployment everyone on some form of government cheese a 16 trillion dollar defecit and growing fast. Housing still in shambles But keep ignoring the facts shall we. Your savior IS a failure. Oh don't ignore the 1 and a half trillion dollar price tag on Obama care and it's rising on a monthly basis

      April 10, 2012 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pam

      Isee....you get to bash anyone and everyone but who YOU choose? Hypocrite. Just shut up.

      April 10, 2012 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • RevMum

      That post is way too accurate and to the point to fly with any Obama hater. As a non-Obama hater, it was very pleasant to see those facts mentioned. Thanks.

      April 10, 2012 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Most of the things you listed were accomplished with policies Obama extended or continued that BUSH set in motion.

      April 11, 2012 at 7:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      @franky...most of those things you mentioned were accomplished with policies that Obama extended or continued that BUSH set in motion.

      April 11, 2012 at 7:51 am | Report abuse |
  8. social network

    I respect him for putting family first.

    April 10, 2012 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Barry

    Guess what, geniuses? It doesn't matter who wins, 'cause they're all controlled by AIPAC. All are bought out (yes, even Obama) by International Jewry. Have fun with another four years of war, debt, depravity, etc.......

    April 10, 2012 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. hamsta

    now romney is definitely gonna win. great day in America.

    April 10, 2012 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • RevMum

      He probably will. He has all the moneyed interests lined up for him, and money wins.

      But it won't be a great day for America. The Ryan budget will be the last nail in the coffin that the LAST gang of Rs built for us.

      April 11, 2012 at 12:00 am | Report abuse |
  11. ♚Mmmmm♛

    ...and they thought newt was the
    gop-dud...lol...

    April 10, 2012 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. banasy©

    Our good friend on these boards, leeintulsa, has passed away tonight.
    He was only 44.
    He will be greatly missed...

    My heartfelt sympathy goes out to his children and to his gf, Kelly.

    He was one of the good guys.

    Rest mow, my friend.
    Your earthly battle is over.

    April 11, 2012 at 2:49 am | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Jean Sartre

    Let us get REAL here… Ricky quit for (4) reasons:

    1) His control-freak, fundamentalist Christian based could never carry him to a win

    2) He knew Willard was going to give him an embarrassing defeat in Pennsylvania

    3) The establishment told him they were done playing with him, unless he quit

    4) He wants to “serve” in the political arena in the future and run for president in 2016

    Yes, these are all reasons that are "all about Ricky..." and no one else...

    April 11, 2012 at 5:13 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • ♚Mmmmm♛

      ...santorum, a blank bullet...brought and paid to take a fall and to skew delagate votin'...hope you realize ya credibility hit that mat, too!

      April 11, 2012 at 6:54 am | Report abuse |
  14. jb1963

    To bad he quit. Every time he spoke it just reaffirmed how stupid the right is. Nothing but a bunch of selfish pigs,

    April 11, 2012 at 10:56 am | Report abuse | Reply
  15. joshua

    Depends on if you're a liberal or a conservative. Obama has done a nice job keeping his personal life hidden. On the other hand, the main stream media has done a nice job of doing anything necessary to come up with something, even if it's fabricated on any conservative who dares run for office.

    April 11, 2012 at 11:25 am | Report abuse | Reply
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