U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, PA-11, released the following statement after Rick Santorum suspended his presidential campaign Tuesday afternoon:
"I'd like to commend my friend Rick Santorum on his presidential campaign. Rick went farther than any of his critics dreamed he would. He did it with very little money, but with a strong conservative message that resonated nationwide with millions of loyal supporters. I believe Rick made Mitt Romney a better candidate. The Republican Party is stronger because of Rick's candidacy. As I said all along, the Rick Santorum I know is a fighter, and he fought to the end. I congratulate him for his hard-fought campaign, and I wish him well.
"I also send the thoughts and prayers of me and my family to his daughter, Bella. She seems to be a fighter, just like her Dad."