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Romney Campaign Pulls Anti-Santorum Ad In Pennsylvania While Daughter Bella Is Hospitalized

According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Mitt Romney‘s campaign has pulled a TV ad targeting Rick Santorum from Pennsylvania stations until further notice in the wake of Santorum’s daughter, Bella, being hospitalized.

The ad spot — which put the campaign back $2.9 million — was to start airing Monday morning, in Philadelphia, Erie, Scranton and Altoona. It specifically narrowed in on Santorum’s 2006 loss in the state and his record as Senator.

From the Tribune-Review:

“We have done this out of deference to Sen. Santorum’s decision to suspend his campaign for personal family reasons,” said Andrea Saul, Romney spokesperson. “We have instructed stations this morning to pull the current ad ASAP and until further notice. ”

Campaign officials said it was the earliest they could contact stations, given holiday weekend closings.

Saul added that the campaign has sent another ad to replace this one, and that TV stations would follow through with the request as soon as they can.

News broke Friday that Santorum’s daughter was ill and hospitalized, subsequently causing Santorum to suspend his campaign. In the midst of increasingly negative campaigning, it’s nice to see this move.

(H/T Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

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