bella santorumPresidential candidate Rick Santorum has just suspended his campaign in order to spend time with his daughter, Bella, who was just admitted to the hospital. The 3-year-old girl has Trisomy 18, a genetic condition that can result in organ disorders like abnormal heart development. This is actually the second time Santorum has put his campaign on hold while his daughter is in the hospital.

For a man who talks a lot about family values, Santorum definitely walks the walk. He's making his priorities impeccably clear right now.

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Trisomy 18 is a devastating condition that few babies survive. Every little incident could lead to death. Bella made a miraculous recovery at the end of January and we all hope she pulls out of her latest illness as well.

As much as I disagree with Santorum's politics, I do admire him for putting his family first, especially when they need him most, and especially at this crucial moment in the campaign. These could be his daughter's last days. And even if they're not, he and Karen need to support each other emotionally right now -- and their other children need them as well.

You could be cynical and say that he was losing to Romney anyway. At this point this could be a permanent suspension. But since this isn't the first time he's put the campaign on hold, I think he would have suspended regardless of how well he was doing in the race. Obviously Santorum cares more about his daughter than about becoming President. And that's the way it should be. Our hearts are with the Santorum family right now.

Do you think a presidential candidate should always put their family first, above even the presidency?

 

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