Rick Santorum’s nephew has passed away; Santorum delivers emotional speech

Santorum is scheduled to deliver his CPAC speech shortly.

Spoke w/ Santo. Very very low key today. Somber. Talking about his nephew, who just passed. I’m not expecting fireworks on stage.

— Robert Costa (@robertcostaNRO) March 15, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.

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Update:

Santorum opened up his emotional speech with words on his nephew’s final moments and spiritual reflections:

Santorum aide says Santorum rewrote this speech an hour ago, inspired by the death of his nephew yesterday.

— Alexandra Jaffe (@ajjaffe) March 15, 2013

Rick Santorum speaking from the heart and near tears at #cpac about nephew’s death yesterday in Pittsburgh.

— John Avlon (@JohnAvlon) March 15, 2013

Santorum trying not to cry as he talks about the death of his nephew Billy yesterday. Quotes Buddha.

— James Hohmann (@jameshohmann) March 15, 2013

Woah. Rick #Santorum just quotted #Buddha “To live is to suffer”. #cpacscore 12 on a 10-point scale. #CPAC2013

— Heather Long (@byHeatherLong) March 15, 2013

Santorum describes loss yesterday of nephew-very moving #cpac2013

— Liz Peek (@lizpeek) March 15, 2013

Santorum: “Experiencing the death of my young nephew was a surreal experience.” #cpac

— Emily Schultheis (@emilyrs) March 15, 2013

A very emotional Rick Santorum is giving an amazing speech right now about his nephew’s death yesterday

— Benjy Sarlin (@BenjySarlin) March 15, 2013

Santorum’s speech is something else. Philosophical and poignant.

— Matt Cover (@MattCover) March 15, 2013

Applause for Santorum describing his nephew “being ushered into a new life with our lord and savior” #cpac

— Ben Jacobs (@Bencjacobs) March 15, 2013

Rick Santorum is giving a really powerful speech about life and pain and death right now. Watch. #CPAC2013

— grace wyler (@grace_lightning) March 15, 2013

Update: Here’s video of Santorum’s speech.

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2013/03/15/sad-news-rick-santorums-nephew-has-passed-away/

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