Romney Campaign Pulls Negative Pennsylvania Ad

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Rick Santorum with his daughter Isabella on Jan. 29, 2012.

The Romney campaign is pulling a cutting attack ad that highlighted Rick Santorum’s 2006 reelection loss, out of deference for their rival’s decision to suspend his campaign after the hospitalization of his ill daughter.

“Stations will comply with this request as soon as they are technically able,” said Romney spokesperson Andrea Saul in a statement. The campaign asked stations to substitute a pro-Romney commercial praising his record as governor of Massachusetts for the negative spot.

The $2.9 million ad buy was set to kick off today, with a spot focusing on Santorum’s “historically embarrassing” 17-point loss in his home state of Pennsylvania.

“We fired him as senator, why promote him to president?” a narrator in the ad asks.

Santorum’s campaign announced on April 6 that his three-year-old daughter, Bella, was hospitalized. She suffers from a rare genetic disorder and her survival has defied the odds for those afflicted with the condition.

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