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Rick Santorum Primary Results: GOP Hopeful Addresses Supporters After Michigan, Arizona Losses

The Huffington Post   First Posted: 02/28/2012 10:26 pm Updated: 02/28/2012 10:34 pm

Rick Santorum addressed supporters on what he called "an absolutely great night" Tuesday.

Santorum had already lost the Arizona primary to rival Mitt Romney when he began his speech. As Santorum spoke to supporters, NBC News projected Romney as the winner of the Michigan primary as well.

After thanking his supporters, Santorum took the opportunity to talk "more specifically about three people" -- his mother, his wife and his daughter Elizabeth.

Santorum touted his 93-year-old mother's higher education and work experience, calling her an "unusual person for her time."

"She's someone who did get a college education in the 1930s and was a nurse, and got a graduate degree even as a nurse and worked full time," Santorum said. "She was a professional who actually made more money than her husband. I grew up with a very strong mom. Someone who was a professional person who taught me a lot of things about how to balance work and family and doing it well and doing it with a big heart and commitment."

Santorum also shared stories of his wife Karen, who he met "when she was just about to start the practice of law":

"I recruited her in more ways than one, to my law firm. Karen was a professional and worked for a nurse for nine years and then after that she -- we got married and she walked away. And she decided to stay home and raise her children. But she didn't quit working... raising seven children is a lot of work, but she found time also to be an author of two books. Those books that really went to the heart of the family, and something that she knows a lot about. She too has been that rock that has been beside me and has been a great example of how it's important to balance that work and family and do so committed to making sure that you are the best at both that you can be."

He rounded out his personal stories by thanking his daughter Elizabeth for her help on the campaign trail.

"She goes out on her own and campaigns, and the feedback I get is, 'you stay home, just send Elizabeth out,'" Santorum said. "I've been very, very blessed. Very blessed with great role models."

Santorum then launched into an attack on Obama's health care law. Santorum said his health care approach would differ from "RomneyCare" and "ObamaCare" to be more like "YouCare," because "it's based on you."

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