Rick Santorum ended his presidential campaign Tuesday, but his Illinois backers think they haven’t seen the last of him.   Jon Zahm, Illinois director for Santorum for President, predicts the former Pennsylvania senator will soon be back on the national stage, maybe even running alongside front-runner Mitt Romney.

 

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“I think he deserves consideration for vice president,” Zahm says. “He won 11 states, which is quite a number of states. He’s got the experience as a senator and congressman.”   Zahm says negative campaigning and the health of Santorum’s ailing daughter, Bella, likely led to the decision to drop out. Zahm thinks the campaign could have been revived had it gone to Pennsylvania, Indiana and others presumably pro-Santorum, but he says Wisconsin was the wall it couldn’t break through.   Zahm says he’ll support Romney in the general election because he offers a contrast to the current president on everything except health care. Santorum called Romney the “worst choice” to go up against Obama this fall on the subject of health care.

 

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