In the middle of a heated race for the most consequential political office in the world, one of the first casualties is perspective. It’s easy for politicians to see their race and their victory as overriding all other values. Given the ferocity of this primary campaign, I was particularly glad to read this:
With Rick Santorum’s young daughter, Bella, in the hospital, Mitt Romney is yanking a negative television ad from the Pennsylvania airwaves “until further notice,” campaign officials said on Monday.
The ad, part of the Romney campaign’s plan to blanket Pennsylvania media markets ahead of the state’s April 24 primary, was originally meant to remind voters of Santorum’s landslide 2006 Senate re-election loss
“We fired him as senator,” the ad’s narrator says. “Why promote him to president?”
Instead, the Romney team has swapped in a positive ad in its place.
“We have done this out of deference to Sen. Santorum’s decision to suspend his campaign for personal family reasons,” Andrea Saul, a spokeswoman for the former Massachusetts governor said in a statement. Saul said the campaign informed television stations to pull the ad Monday morning and that broadcasters would “comply with this request as soon as they are technically able.”
Mitt and Ann also sent out the following statement on Friday:
Praying for a quick recovery for Bella. Ann and I are keeping Rick, Karen and the entire Santorum family in our thoughts.
We at EFM are pleased to hear that Bella is doing better but will continue to pray for her health and healing. Mitt and Ann understand that some things are far more important than politics, and as their friends and supporters we agree wholeheartedly. May God bless Bella Santorum.