Other campaign news
• Gingrich endorsed: Former presidential hopeful Herman Cain is backing Newt Gingrich’s White House bid. Cain endorsed his fellow Georgian on Saturday, just days before Florida’s primary, at a GOP fundraiser. Gingrich, a former House speaker, is in a fierce fight for Tuesday’s Florida’s GOP primary with Mitt Romney. Cain, a favorite of the tea party and a former pizza executive, left the race before the first nominating contests facing accusations of unwanted sexual advances. He remains popular, however, and provides a late boost for Gingrich.
• Santorum visits daughter: Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum canceled campaign events scheduled for this morning and planned to spend time with his hospitalized daughter in Philadelphia. Santorum had been scheduled to appear on NBC’s “Meet the Press” and attend church in Miami. Isabella Santorum has Trisomy 18, a genetic condition caused by the presence of all or part of an extra 18th chromosome.
• Paul in Maine: Ron Paul said Saturday the Republican presidential race has “a ways to go” and he doesn’t intend to get out or get behind another candidate anytime soon. The Texas congressman was campaigning Saturday in Maine, which holds caucuses beginning Saturday. He spoke to an overflow crowd at the University of Southern Maine and held an outdoor rally outside the famed L.L. Bean store in Freeport. He picked up the endorsement of Linda Bean, the granddaughter of the Bean company founder and a prominent Republican activist in the state. Paul told reporters that it didn’t make sense for him to campaign in Florida, which holds its primary Tuesday and awards all its 50 delegates to the winner. Polling indicates Mitt Romney is leading the field there.