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Tommy Thompson Drops out of Presidential Race

This was pretty much expected:

Former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson is abandoning his presidential bid, his campaign announced Sunday night.

Thompson, who also served in the Bush cabinet, did not meet the expectations he set for himself in the Ames Republican straw poll held Saturday.

"I want to thank the people of Iowa who were welcoming and supportive as well as my volunteers and contributors from around the country," Thompson said in a written statement.

In his statement, Thompson said he had "no regrets about running."

"I felt my record as governor of Wisconsin and Secretary of Health and Human Services gave me the experience I needed to serve as president, but I respect the decision of the voters. I am leaving the campaign trail today, but I will not leave the challenges of improving health care and welfare in America," he said.

The campaign said Thompson would return to the "private sector."


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Comments (6)

Tommy Who?... (Below threshold)
Joe:

Tommy Who?

Good for him. Hey, he trie... (Below threshold)

Good for him. Hey, he tried and fell short. Most never get that far.

Wheat, say so long to Chaff... (Below threshold)
marc:

Wheat, say so long to Chaff.

I wonder if he'd consider r... (Below threshold)

I wonder if he'd consider running to unseat Feingold or Kohl as WI Senator? Okay, just looked it up - next Senate race in WI is Feingold in 2010.

Which is what I'd like to see Huckabee do. Challenge Mark Pryor in Arkansas in 2008. But, apparently he seems to think his showing in Aames has put him in the top tier. Oh well. Maybe he'll consider challenging Blanche Lincoln in 2010.

And in another surprise, th... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

And in another surprise, the sun rose in the East. ww

For a politician at least h... (Below threshold)
Gmac:

For a politician at least he's a man of his word, or maybe even he was able to read the results and correctly interpret them.




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