WASHINGTON (AP) — Mitt Romney is congratulating Rick Santorum on his presidential campaign -- after Santorum's announcement today that he's suspending that campaign.
Romney called Santorum "an able and worthy competitor."
In a statement, Romney said Santorum has "proven himself to be an important voice" in the Republican Party and in the nation.
Santorum, during his announcement in Pennsylvania today, made no mention or endorsement of Romney. He has described the former Massachusetts governor as an unworthy standard-bearer for the GOP.
But he said he will "continue to go out and fight and defeat President Barack Obama."
APPHOTO WX108: FILE - In this April 5, 2012 file photo, Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks in Tunkhannock, Pa. Romney is pouring nearly $3 million into TV ads in Pennsylvania in an all-out bid to finish off GOP rival Rick Santorum, even if it risks leaving a negative impression with voters in a state that could be crucial this fall. The overriding goal is to remove Santorum from the stage — by thumping him in his home state — so the former Massachusetts governor can focus entirely on President Barack Obama. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File) (5 Apr 2012)
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APPHOTO WX112: FILE - In this April 4, 2012 file photo, Republican presidential candidate, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum visits Bob's Diner in Carnegie, Pa. Santorum is suspending his campaign for the GOP presidential nomination, clearing a path for Mitt Romney to become the nominee. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File) (4 Apr 2012)
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