40 percent disapprove of Obama's handling of the economy
57 percent trust Obama to protect the middle class
WHERE THEY'LL BE WEDNESDAY:
— Gingrich: Delaware
— Paul: Texas
— Romney: Connecticut, Rhode Island
— Obama: Washington
IN THEIR WORDS:
— "And we made a decision over the weekend that while this presidential race for us is over, for me, and we will suspend our campaign effective today, we are not done fighting." — Rick Santorum.
— "Rick has waged a remarkable campaign. His success is a testament to his tenacity and the power of conservative principles." — Newt Gingrich, on Santorum dropping out.
— "Congratulations to Sen. Santorum on running such a spirited campaign. Dr. Paul is now the last - and real - conservative alternative to Mitt Romney. We plan to continue running hard, secure delegates, and press the fight for limited, constitutional government in Tampa." — Ron Paul campaign chairman Jesse Benton, on Santorum leaving campaign.
— "It's no surprise that Mitt Romney finally was able to grind down his opponents under an avalanche of negative ads. But neither he nor his special interest allies will be able to buy the presidency with their negative attacks." — Jim Messina, President Barack Obama's campaign manager, on developments in the GOP campaign.
— "I wish they weren't called the Bush tax cuts. If they're called some other body's tax cuts, they're probably less likely to be raised." — Former President George W. Bush on the tax cuts he enacted in 2001 and 2003 that Democrats want to see expire and Republicans want to keep in place.
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