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The Mitt Romney campaign has pulled an ad attacking Rick Santorum's record--as his daughter, Bella, remains hospitalized. The negative Romney spot was running in Pennsylvania in advance of the April 24 Pennsylvania primary.

"We fired him as senator," the ad voiceover said of the former Pennsylvania senator. "Why promote him to president?"

Bella Santorum, 3, suffers from a condition known as Trisomy 18, a genetic disorder. The Santorum campaign announced Friday she was in the hospital. Santorum and his wife, Karen, are not holding any campaign events on Monday so they can be with their daughter.

Romney is the presumptive GOP nominee; Santorum remains in the primary contest. Romney's team--with Bella's illness--sees no reason to continue to go negative on Santorum in his native state at this time.

"This morning, our campaign has instructed all TV stations to pull our current ad on Sen. Santorum's record ASAP and until further notice," Romney spokesman Andrea Saul said in a statement.

"We have done this out of deference to Sen. Santorum's decision to suspend his campaign for personal family reasons. While this was the earliest we could let them know due to station closures over the holiday weekend, stations will comply with this request as soon as they are technically able."


Saul said "Romney has no public events today but will be the first guest on Gov. Mike Huckabee's radio show at 12:20pm EDT."

Click below for Saul state-of-the-campaign memo.

below, Romney campaign memo.....

Good morning,
I hope everyone had a restful weekend.

Yesterday, President Obama's team made some interesting comments regarding the economy and President Obama's performance on the heels of a weak and very troubling jobs report. Senior Adviser David Plouffe said:

"It's less important to focus on month-to-month than on the general trend. We are definitely on a trajectory that suggests the economy is recovering."

If Mr. Plouffe thinks a downward trend is a good thing, we are in even worse trouble than we thought: fewer jobs have been created for each of the past two months. This administration is indifferent and downright callous to Americans' struggles under President Obama's failed leadership. And, let's not forget what Mr. Plouffe said just this last year, dismissing unemployment numbers altogether:

"The average American does not view the economy through the prism of GDP or unemployment rates or even monthly jobs numbers. People won't vote based on the unemployment rate; they're going to vote based on: 'How do I feel about my own situation? Do I believe the president makes decisions based on me and my family?' "

Meanwhile, Rep. Wasserman Schultz claimed that it is not "legitimate criticism" to hold President Obama to his own benchmarks for success (WATCH HERE):

CANDY CROWLEY, CNN: "I want to read you something that Reince Priebus, your counterpart at the Republican National Committee said on Friday: 'Over three years ago, President Obama projected that the unemployment rate would be below 6% by now thanks on his stimulus. But the stimulus failed and unemployment has been far above that level ever since.' Is that legitimate criticism, because in fact that is what the president's economic folks projected with the stimulus that was passed?"

REP. DEBBIE WASSERMAN SCHULTZ: "Again, that's another example of where the Republicans just refuse to acknowledge that we've made -- that we've made progress. We have made significant progress..."

CROWLEY: "But it was your benchmark, it was the president's benchmark, and is holding him to that fair?"

REP. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ: "That's... What Reince Priebus and other Republicans are saying ignores the fact that the president inherited the worst economy since the Great Depression, and had a need to focus on making sure that we moved as far as we could as fast as we could. The Recovery Act, as much as Republicans can repeat over and over that it failed, it didn't fail. It created and saved more than 3 million jobs."

CROWLEY: "But it failed to do what was promised, isn't that ... I'm just trying to see if you think that's a legitimate criticism?"

REP. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ: "I don't think it's a legitimate criticism."

Deflecting responsibility seems to be the one trait this administration is good at.

This morning, our campaign has instructed all TV stations to pull our current ad on Sen. Santorum's record ASAP and until further notice. We have done this out of deference to Sen. Santorum's decision to suspend his campaign for personal family reasons. While this was the earliest we could let them know due to station closures over the holiday weekend, stations will comply with this request as soon as they are technically able.

Gov. Romney has no public events today but will be the first guest on Gov. Mike Huckabee's radio show at 12:20pm EDT.

Thanks!
Andrea

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