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"Today I have withdrawn my candidacy for President of the United States. I hope that my country and my party have benefited from our having made this effort. Jeri and I will always be grateful for the encouragement and friendship of so many wonderful people."
- Fred Thompson

He's not endorsing. Smart move. And I have even more respect for the guy in his willingness to care for his mom, who is ill.

ETC: Romney on Thompson:

"Throughout this campaign, Fred Thompson brought a laudable focus to the challenges confronting our country and the solutions necessary to meet them," Romney said in a statement. "He stood for strong conservative ideas and believed strongly in the need to keep our conservative coalition together."
Without a doubt, Thompson's legacy in this campaign will be his strong conservative and constitutional voice, and his damming of any momentum Huckabee might have gotten by rightly disagreeing with Huckabee's positions and statements.

Most of the commentary I've read through the campaign leads me to believe that Fred's exit will only spill over into votes for Romney. Go Mitt!


Tags: politics
by Brett Rogers, 1/22/2008 2:48:14 PM


Yea, just saw this. My guy's gone. Though I had a feeling quite awhile ago this was going to happen I was always hopeful he'd pull off a miracle. Now I'm just along for the ride. I honestly don't care much for the remaining canidates. Though I've said in the past I'd vote for Mitt or McCain, I can't say with 100% certainty I actually will. Time will tell.

When's that 3rd party going to organize, Brett?



Posted by Kelly, 1/22/2008 5:15:08 PM

Ah shit. perfect end to the day. I can't say I am surprised though. In a way it is good he got out now as I believe he has been hurting Mitt the most (have seen a few polls that indicated 75+% of his vote will go to Mitt).

Mitt or bust in 08.



Posted by Pale Rider, 1/22/2008 5:16:38 PM

I looked around, Kelly, and found this, which sounds promising, but I don't know how far it might go.

I would encourage you to vote the lesser of evils while expending your energy to make something better. Personally, I think there are a ton of people interested in restricting government. It wouldn't be too hard to build momentum around that.

The thing is, after that, you get into agendas and personal ambition. Someone wants values inserted into government, another thinks that this is a good opportunity to score points toward their pet issue. It's hard to keep it limited to just what it started out as... kind of like our country itself.

So I struggle with this. What's the best way?



Posted by Brett Rogers (, 1/23/2008 10:22:49 AM

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