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Stephen Colbert Bids Farewell to Santorum Campaign

"Rick! Rick, I loved you!"

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    Coilbert said goodbye to Pennsylvania's favorite son—Rick Santorum—on Tuesday's edition of "The Colbert Report."

    On Tuesday afternoon, Rick Santorum suspended his campaign for the GOP presidential nomination. Hours later, faux-conservative pundit Stephen Colbert bid the former Pennsylvania senator a heartfelt farewell — sort of.

    "Rick! Rick, I loved you!" Colbert bellowed. "But not in a man-on-dog way," he added, alluding to Santorum's controversial stance on homosexuality.

    Colbert offered his take on Santorum's decision to exit the race despite the candidate's frequent insistence that he would remain in the running until the Republican nominating convention in August.

    "Many are speculating that Santorum dropped out now to avoid the embarrassment of losing to Mitt Romney in his own state," Colbert said, in reference to the upcoming Pennsylvania primary. However, Colbert quipped, "given the number of houses Mitt Romney owns, Pennsylvania is probably his home state, too."

    Check out the full clip via Comedy Central below: