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Fox News gives Gingrich and Santorum temporary suspensions

Fox News Channel anchor Bret Baier announced on-air this morning that the cable network has suspended its contractual relationship with contributors Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum because the two men have "signaled possible runs" for president.

"The suspension is effective for 60 days, then on May 1st, their contracts will be terminated unless they notify Fox that they are not running for president," Baier announced.

The former House Speaker and former Pennsylvania Senator are two of several potential presidential candidates under contract with Fox News, part of a list that also includes Sarah Palin and Mike Huckabee.

Fox executive Dianne Brandi told the Los Angeles Times that their roles on the network could also be examined in the future.  "As soon as each of them shows some serious intention to form an exploratory committee, we would take the same action," Brandi said.

Despite reports that Gingrich was prepared to make and exploratory announcement tomorrow in Georgia, his spokesman made clear that will not be happening.  Read here for more on that story.