Romney pulls Pa. attack ad after Santorum’s daughter is hospitalized

Mitt Romney is pulling an attack ad in Pennsylvania following the hospitalization of Rick Santorum’s youngest daughter. 

Romney has asked TV stations across the state to stop airing an ad that criticizes Santorum’s Senate record.

“We have done this out of deference to Sen. Santorum’s decision to suspend his campaign for personal family reasons,” Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul said in a statement on Monday.

{mosads}According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the ads are part of a $2.9 million ad buy for Altoona, Erie, Philadelphia and Scranton. The ad was set to air Monday.

The campaign wants a positive spot titled “Conservative Record” to replace the ad, and stations are reportedly following the request as quickly as they can.

On Friday, Santorum canceled his scheduled campaign events after Bella Santorum was hospitalized. The Santorum daughter suffers from Trisomy 18, a rare and usually fatal chromosomal disorder. Bella Santorum has been hospitalized twice over the last three months.

The GOP primary in Pennsylvania will be held on April 24. Santorum has called the home-state contest a must-win for his campaign, but a new poll released late last week showed Romney overtaking him there.

— This story was updated at 10:19 a.m.

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