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 (@costareports) March 15, 2013
Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.
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
— 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.