Mars, Pa. - APRIL 3: Republican presidential candidate, former Pa. senator Rick Santorum speaks at a campaign rally at Four Seasons Sheraton on April 3, 2012 in Mars, Pa. (Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)
Rick Santorum is taking a break from the presidential campaign trail to observe the Easter holiday.
The former U.S. senator returned to his Virginia home Wednesday night after appearing at some campaign events and going bowling in Pennsylvania, which he represented in Congress for 16 years.
The New York Times reported that Santorum met with a group of conservatives in Virginia on Thursday to discuss a possible strategy for getting Newt Gingrich out of the presidential race and help pave the way for Santorum to ultimately win the Republican nomination.
Politico.com reported there have been conversations about getting Santorum and Gingrich staffers to work together on uniting against former Massachusetts governor and GOP presidential front-runner Mitt Romney. But at this point no direct talks have been scheduled.
Hogan Gidley, Santorum's campaign spokesman, said Thursday that Santorum has fundraising events planned on Monday and will resume campaigning for Pennsylvania's April 24 Republican primary next week.
Romney continued to campaign in Pa. on Thursday, downplaying his chances of winning the April 24 primary. But Romney vowed he “will win Pennsylvania in the fall, and winning Pennsylvania will give us the White House.”
The Pa. primary is set for April 24, the same day as the Delaware Presidential primary and primaries in New York, Rhode Island, and Connecticut.