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Santorum’s departure enables true presidential race

With Rick Santorum out of the race for the Republican Presidential nomination, the campaign for the White House can really begin. For the Republicans’ sake, this is good. The longer they took to decide on an approach, the less it seemed they had a chance. Now the Republicans can rally around Mitt Romney to give Obama a run for his money.

It is possible of course that the Republicans could find two exceptional candidates in an election cycle whose battle for the ticket could cause the party to hone its positions and take pride in its candidates. However, in this case it seems more like they were faced with two mediocre candidates, the lesser of which was difficult to decide.

Santorum ended his campaign after a weekend with his family, noting that he was not leaving politics but leaving this particular race. We may see him again in 2016, as we see Romney now four years after his unsuccessful 2008 campaign.

But now, perhaps by touting a weak economy and somewhat unpopular health care bill, Romney might provide a formidable challenge for Obama. By having the best candidates from both major parties focus on what they can do in the Oval Office, instead of focusing in simply getting the party nomination, the future President of the United States can achieve more progress.

With habitual Republican voters, moderate Republicans, the moral right, and Tea Party members, the Republican party has a difficult task to present a coherent strategy. Presenting one would help guide the party to a state where, whoever wins, both parties can unite together after the election to do what is right for the country.

That is something that everyone should be able to agree on, Santorum and all.