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Santorum reminisces on the ‘miraculous opportunity’ of his failed presidential bid

Not six hours after Rick Santorum became the latest Republican presidential candidate to drop out of the primary he was back on a stage, talking about his views and his underdog campaign to a room full of supporters in Lancaster County.

The former Pennsylvania U.S. Senator was already reminiscing about his penchant for rocking the presidential primary boat with talk of connecting his own moral and family values to public policy.

Santorum had just declared the time of death of his presidential bid earlier that afternoon, without mentioning unfavorable polls or the specter of a massive Mitt Romney campaign ad buy in Pennsylvania.

“You know, it was just an opportunity for me to reflect upon really the miraculous experience that we had,” said Santorum.

Before an auditorium at the Lancaster Bible College, Santorum was asked “what’s next?”

His answer kept things light -– and vague. “Well, I’d like to get some sleep,” he said.

Santorum’s dropout means Romney is the presumed Republican presidential nominee.

After the event, some Santorum supporters said they wouldn’t coalesce around Romney, even with Santorum out. Others said they just want someone who could beat President Obama.

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