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Breaking: Mitt Romney to Pull Out of Presidential Race

Mark Halperin at The Page says Romney will drop out of the race. His announcement could come at his CPAC speech at 12:30pm. This means that McCain is definitely the Republican nominee because Huckabee doesn't have any chance sidetracking him. McCain speaks at 3:00pm today.

Update: Halperin is on Fox now and says three GOP sources have confirmed that Romney is dropping out. It's disappointing to say the least, but I understand why he's doing this. He may not make the announcement at this speech today, but at the very least he could make some strong signals of his plans.

Bill Kristol predicted that he would announce that he's pulling out of the race at today's speech.

Update II: Karl Rove is on the phone with Fox News and says that he's hearing as well that those inside the Romney camp understand that he's going to drop out.

Update III: Fox has confirmed that Romney will suspend his campaign. Romney is taking the high road in order to protect the country from a Clinton or Obama administration which would really hurt the US. From the Associated Press:

John McCain effectively sealed the Republican presidential nomination on Thursday as chief rival Mitt Romney suspended his faltering presidential campaign. "I must now stand aside, for our party and our country," Romney prepared to tell conservatives.

"If I fight on in my campaign, all the way to the convention, I would forestall the launch of a national campaign and make it more likely that Senator Clinton or Obama would win. And in this time of war, I simply cannot let my campaign, be a part of aiding a surrender to terror," Romney will say at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington.

"This is not an easy decision for me. I hate to lose. My family, my friends and our supporters... many of you right here in this room... have given a great deal to get me where I have a shot at becoming President. If this were only about me, I would go on. But I entered this race because I love America."

Update IV: According to Inside Charm City, Romney will endorse McCain. This is consistent with what Romney has said in the past. On several occasions during Republican debates, he said that the most important goal is to make sure a Republican wins the presidency and that all the men running for the GOP nomination need to get behind the GOP candidate once he's chosen. He's doing exactly what he said he would do.

Update V: Bookworm:

Ann Coulter can become a shill for Hillary, but I'm hoping others recognize that, no matter that McCain is not a conservative purist, he is still better than Hillary would be or, God forbid, Obama. And as I've said before, for all that Obama presents himself as a "unifier," his hard left politics preclude him from ever unifying anything. McCain, however, who is a true centrist, may be just the person to heal some of the wounds this country has been feeling following two extremely divisive presidencies. I say that being fully cognizant of his many failings, both personal and political, but I'm a pragmatist, and refuse to lose sight of the fact that McCain is not just a little better, but is far better than the alternative.

Update VI: Brit Hume is on Fox and just said that McCain would be a fool to not reach out to Romney for the VP slot because the conservatives love Romney.

Update VII: Bob Owens at Confederate Yankee:

I don't like John McCain. He is no better than my third-place choice for President, and I cannot drum up any enthusiasm to vote for him in November.

But I will.

I frankly don't care if he plans on trying to make nice at CPAC today. Whatever olive branch he extends will be quickly forgotten once he finally clinches the nomination from Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee, two candidates that so far refused to concede, but have very little chance of turning the tide of McCain's improbable run for the nomination. Once nominated, McCain will tack even further towards the center as his leftward lurch continues.

I don't like John McCain, but I will vote for him. I won't stay home in protest. I won't write in another candidate, either. This election is too important for that.

Update VIII: Romney did not endorse McCain, but there's talk that he will eventually.

Update IX: Halperin has the transcript of Romney's speech today.

Update X: Video of Mitt announcing his campaign's suspension:

Allahpundit:

Virginia's five days away and Huck stands a chance of hurting McCain. Over to you, Christian leader.

John Podhoretz at Commentary:

Over the next few months, there will be a subtle dance between John McCain and Mitt Romney on the subject of the vice presidency. Romney must and should want it, since being the vice presidential nominee of the GOP will instantly make whoever is chosen one of the party's leaders no matter what happens in the election (unless he embarrasses himself). But McCain seems not to like Romney, and he is an unusually personal politician -- I suspect it will be difficult for him to choose someone whom he won't consider a friend. Still, Romney does have strengths McCain does not, particularly on economic issues. But there is that big, overhanging, difficult-to-answer question: How many votes would his being a Mormon cost the ticket? Condemn me for raising it if you like, but you can be sure it will be part of any deliberation involving the selection of Romney for the Republican ticket.

What makes Romney's move so brilliant politically is that has has pulled the rug out from under Mike Huckabee. Just this morning, there was quite a bit of talk about a McCain/Huckabee ticket because of how much they like each other, how they were careful to not criticize each other. Now after Romney's speech at CPAC, some can't help but ask Mike who?

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Comments (55)

Weird, I thought he got Jay... (Below threshold)
jp2:

Weird, I thought he got Jay Tea's endorsement.

Sigh. Probably the right de... (Below threshold)
mikem Author Profile Page:

Sigh. Probably the right decision for him, but now starts the "please, no booing McCain" Republican campaign rally season.

This should be interesting.

A final class act (in this ... (Below threshold)
Jayemay:

A final class act (in this campaign) by a real class man.

so now our decision comes d... (Below threshold)
J.R.:

so now our decision comes down to 3 liberal senators as our next President. This is going to be a long 4 years.

It comes down to 3 libs, ye... (Below threshold)
914:

It comes down to 3 libs, yet there is still time to find another real conservative candidate.

By the way? why isnt Huckabee the fake christian getting lost?

Sad news, but a classy way ... (Below threshold)
P. Bunyan:

Sad news, but a classy way to announce it.

Chalk up another victory for the neo-comm MSM.

Bad news.Bad for C... (Below threshold)
DJ Drummond:

Bad news.

Bad for Conservatives (yes I know Romney was a recent flipper, but he was the closest thing to someone who'd listen to the Reaganites), and bad for America.

Now we find out if taking R... (Below threshold)
jpm100:

Now we find out if taking Romney out of the race was motive enough for Huckabee or if he has some other reward coming.

If it doesn't Mitt, you mus... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

If it doesn't Mitt, you musta quit.

why is... (Below threshold)
nehemiah:

why isnt Huckabee the fake christian getting lost?

5. Posted by 914 | February 7, 2008 12:58 PM


Very observant question/comment! Fake is exactly what Huckabee is.

My opinion is that from the beginning Giuliani (who supports President Bush 1000 times more than McCain) was the best choice to prevent this from happening and our best chance in Nov.

Romney was no fiscal conser... (Below threshold)
BarneyG2000:

Romney was no fiscal conservative. He spent 1.16-million per delegate won. We could not have afforded his style of leadership.

"We could not have affor... (Below threshold)
914:

"We could not have afforded His style of leadership"

Barney..... STFU

I think it bears noting tha... (Below threshold)
Jayemay:

I think it bears noting that while I'm not a huge McCain fan (he was my 4th choice, at best, beating out only the nutty Ron Paul, and the Carteresque Huckabee) it's patently unfair to refer to him as Liberal, especially when compared to Hillary or Obama.

McCain has a lifetime ACU rating of 82.3. Even his 65 for the current term looks pretty appealing next to Clinton's 9.0 or Obama's 8.0.

Barney..... STFU12... (Below threshold)
BarneyG2000:

Barney..... STFU

12. Posted by 914

Make me (I just stuck my tongue out) so there!

Bad for Conservatives ..... (Below threshold)
Brian:

Bad for Conservatives ... and bad for America.

Except that it was America, and specifically conservatives, that voted him out of the race! They apparently don't see it as bad.

Damn. McCain should, if he... (Below threshold)
iurockhead:

Damn. McCain should, if he has any political sense (about which I have doubts), tap Romney for VP. He needs the conservative on the ticket, and someone who understands economics.

This further underscores that it is imperative for all us right-wingers to get out and fight for our congressional candidates. They are the last barrier to this country going down the tubes, even if they only have enough numbers to block the really, really bad stuff. If the dems have solid control of the House and Senate, they will also have control of McCain.

Mitt Romney showed enormous... (Below threshold)
irongrampa:

Mitt Romney showed enormous class in that farewell speech,one could hope Huckabee shows a fraction of it in his goodbye.

Nice try Brian, but it was ... (Below threshold)
DJ Drummond:

Nice try Brian, but it was Liberals and Indies that gave McCain the wins. Conservatives were split, and that is what did in Romney.

McCain is a conservative the way Barney is a conservative.

any chance Dick wants to st... (Below threshold)

any chance Dick wants to stay on as veep for a shot at another 4? :D

Jindall in 2012!VW... (Below threshold)

Jindall in 2012!

VW

John McCain is your candida... (Below threshold)
Myronhalo:

John McCain is your candidate. You vote for him.

myronhalo

Romney was no fiscal conser... (Below threshold)
LoveAmerica, Immigrant:

Romney was no fiscal conservative. He spent 1.16-million per delegate won. We could not have afforded his style of leadership.
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This is another stupid comment from a communist mind-set. How much "free" media the MSM has given McCain? No wonder they like McCain-Feingold so much. Should we ban the media from spouting propaganda disguised as news report?

Anyway, we should give Barney and Brian the chance to gloat. They get their most liberal extremists running on their side. So they only need to choose which one they like the best. For us, we have to choose which one we dislike the least. They are salivating at the real opportunity for killing surving aborted babies and some genocides to boot.

That 's why i am going to wipe my nose and vote McCain.

McCain is about to speak. ... (Below threshold)
BarneyG2000:

McCain is about to speak. Let's hear the reception.

McCain is about to speak. L... (Below threshold)
LoveAmerica, Immigrant:

McCain is about to speak. Let's hear the reception.
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And Barney still will vote the socialist extremist Obama.

Romney is a good man and we... (Below threshold)
LoveAmerica, Immigrant:

Romney is a good man and we conservatives should thank him for carrying the campaign from 3% recognition up to this point.

Anyway, this post summarize where I am at

http://confederateyankee.mu.nu/archives/254167.php

« At PJM: Gunning For a Concealed Carry Permit | Main
February 07, 2008
Biting the Bullet
I don't like John McCain. He is no better than my third-place choice for President, and I cannot drum up any enthusiasm to vote for him in November.

But I will.

I frankly don't care if he plans on trying to make nice at CPAC today. Whatever olive branch he extends will be quickly forgotten once he finally clinches the nomination from Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee, two candidates that so far refused to concede, but have very little chance of turning the tide of McCain's improbable run for the nomination. Once nominated, McCain will tack even further towards the center as his leftward lurch continues.

I don't like John McCain, but I will vote for him. I won't stay home in protest. I won't write in another candidate, either. This election is too important for that.

The eventual Democratic nominee, whether it is inexperienced committed socialist Barack Obama, the most liberal voter in the Senate, or the woman of a thousand scandals, Hillary Clinton, who preemptively declared that any report of good news coming out of Iraq would be a lie, is unacceptable as President. Both promise higher taxes, a far more intrusive and meddling federal government, and defeat in the war against Islamic extremism. This is the actuality of the "change" they refuse to clarify in their vacuous campaign speeches

By far Romney is the most h... (Below threshold)
kb:

By far Romney is the most honorable and honest as well as the least corrupt person in this election cycle.

Big applause from the ultra... (Below threshold)
BarneyG2000:

Big applause from the ultra conservatives. McCain will get their vote. It looks like conservatives are trashing their convictions faster than they trashed this great nation.

It looks like conservatives... (Below threshold)
LoveAmerica, Immigrant:

It looks like conservatives are trashing their convictions faster than they trashed this great nation.
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Barney is right again. He is staying true to his conviction of killing surviving aborted babies and more genocides. No wonder he is so excited. He has Clinton smear/racist machine with a history of killing American women/children at Waco. Obama is on record for denying medical care to surviving aborted babies. He is a good con-man (liar) too. No wonder there is so much excitement on the left.

McCain is the best Democrat... (Below threshold)
Vegas Vic:

McCain is the best Democrat for the Job! You go Girl!

It will be interested to se... (Below threshold)
mantis:

It will be interested to see how fast the fevered egos on the web and talk radio will turn around and decide McCain really is conservative.

Conservative has become a completely meaningless term.

Mantis, You have yo... (Below threshold)
LoveAmerica, Immigrant:

Mantis,
You have your liberal extremists to root for. Congratulations!

I have been a Republican al... (Below threshold)
Headzero:

I have been a Republican all my life. I campaigned for Ronald Reagan on his first term as I was not old enough to vote.

That is about to change. If my only choice for president is a liberal senator - I am going to vote for Obama.

Thanks John - you have managed to drive people away from the party they grew up with.

The Clinton baby-killing, t... (Below threshold)
Don'tReallyKnowAmerica, Immigrant:

The Clinton baby-killing, tax laden, health-care denying death machine is rolling ahead at full speed. It's too bad I'm a dittohead who doesn't really know what he's talking about, so I better get out of the way.

Conservatives rule!...well, did.

Too many people have remove... (Below threshold)
Pretzel_Logic:

Too many people have removed themselves from the process or have never been there to begin with. The entire Democrat Primary certainly is a good example of this. Too many are choosing candidates like they're voting for American Idol or Dancing with the Stars. Just look who the Dems have propped up there... and, who we're left with. Far too few have not considered the issues that should be important to them and what they really view the role of the Federal Government to be.

I got some amusement today.... (Below threshold)
LoveAmerica, Immigrant:

I got some amusement today. When I agree with the liberals that the Rep party has strayed from the conservative principle. I give them credit for staying true to their liberal principles of "killing babies, not terrorists" big gov. I just look at the facts and the records at the top two candidates in their primary. One is a known corrupt cesspool, the other is a known liberal extremists. They have chosen their leaders well to represent their true convictions (just look at the records of these two).

Tough crowd to please. They are happy even when you acknowledge their points and give them credit.

Rush, Hannity and the rest ... (Below threshold)
BarneyG2000:

Rush, Hannity and the rest will totally rollover and play nice with McCain, and the ditto heads will fall in lock step as they always do.

It must be comforting that your party thinks with only one mind, one heart with no convictions and controlled by a few northeast elitist.

Barney, Again congr... (Below threshold)
LoveAmerica, Immigrant:

Barney,
Again congratulations on staying true to your conviction of "killing babies, not terrorists" big gov. Your party has done well in terms of staying true to those liberal principles. You should be proud and happy since you have a real good chance at implementing those convictions.

I give them credit for s... (Below threshold)
Brian:

I give them credit for staying true to their liberal principles of "killing babies, not terrorists" big gov.

Good thing when Bush and the Republican Congress had control they exerted all that effort to outlaw abortion, reduce spending, and shrink government.

Oh, wait...

Brian, You are righ... (Below threshold)
LoveAmerica, Immigrant:

Brian,
You are right. Bush has strayed from the conservative principle of small/limited gov and we are paying a price for it. Your party has done well to stay true to your principles of "killing babies, not terrorists" big gov.

The calculus of Romney's Mo... (Below threshold)
SPQR:

The calculus of Romney's Mormon faith does have to be evaluated because we've already seen that the Clinton's are happy to use whatever religious bigotry they can against their opponents.

WOW-This is Unb... (Below threshold)
Rory:

WOW-

This is Unbelievably CLASSY-

"If I fight on in my campaign, all the way to the convention, I would forestall the launch of a national campaign and make it more likely that Senator Clinton or Obama would win. And in this time of war, I simply cannot let my campaign, be a part of aiding a surrender to terror," Romney told the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington.

Too bad his surrogates will not or have not followed his LEAD.

Thank you Governor Romney-

God be with you and thank you for this graciousness and consideration.

For the troops!

Too bad his surrogates will... (Below threshold)
LoveAmerica, Immigrant:

Too bad his surrogates will not or have not followed his LEAD.
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Rory,
Please cut this out. This is uncalled for.

It's their ugliness that hu... (Below threshold)
Rory:

It's their ugliness that hurt him most.

It's their ugliness that probably caused him to quit.

In comparison to what I have had to read smeared about MCCain's military service (as a member of the acitve duty community)

You having to read the truth of that is not that much.

Baghdad barney - "Make ... (Below threshold)
marc:

Baghdad barney - "Make me (I just stuck my tongue out) so there!"

And due to the normal placement of your head, it's full of feces.

Rory, Romney is mor... (Below threshold)
LoveAmerica, Immigrant:

Rory,
Romney is more gracious and classy given all the smear/distortion directed against him by the McCain campaign. McCain people have been whining about 2000 S. Carolina campaign (with the aid from the MSM for sure).

Baghdad barney - "Rush,... (Below threshold)
marc:

Baghdad barney - "Rush, Hannity and the rest will totally rollover and play nice with McCain, and the ditto heads will fall in lock step as they always do."

And that WON'T happen on the Dem side? Are you trying to suggest the Dems won't coalesce around whoever comes out on top? Come on nitwit, even the DKos Kiddies, who have mostly abandoned her, would pull the Shillary lever if it comes down to it.

If so you once again show your ability to post utter nonsense as opposed to reasoned commentary.

This part from Romney is go... (Below threshold)
LoveAmerica, Immigrant:

This part from Romney is good. IT certainly doesn't fit into the liberal anti-American template

"First," he said, "I must put something in context. America is unique in the history of the world. In the history of the world, whenever there has been conflict, the nation that wins takes land from the nation that loses. One nation in history, and this during the last century, laid down hundreds of thousands of lives and took no land. No land from Germany, no land from Japan, no land from Korea. America is unique in the sacrifice it has made for liberty, for itself and for freedom loving people around the world." The best ally peace has ever known, and will ever know, is a strong America!

The speech here<a hr... (Below threshold)
LoveAmerica, Immigrant:
Oh, well, this is just prob... (Below threshold)
LoveAmerica, Immigrant:

Oh, well, this is just probably an isolated example of blue-blood liberals straying from their anti-military principle. Obama still got a ringing endorsement from MoveOn for not voting on a resolution to condemn the smear of Gen. Patraeus.

http://www.nbc11.com/news/15245031/detail.html?dl=headlineclick
Berkeley Backs Off On Banning Marines

Marc, you wouldn't know "re... (Below threshold)
Skippy:

Marc, you wouldn't know "reasoned commentary" if it came up and bit you in the ass.

Lovie, if you weren't so obviously insane, you would be a truly offensive person. Just stay on the meds, bud.

So I figure now that the Mittsters kids aren't serving their country by helping get him elected, they're on their way down to the recruiting office right now.

Romney at his DROP OUT QUIT... (Below threshold)

Romney at his DROP OUT QUITTING the RACE SPEECH, said that he didn't want to continue the debates which could support the "Democrats who want to SURRENDER to the terrorists.

A. Romney has never served in the Military, never seen combat and is ensuring that none of his five children will see combat.

B. Romney must have never read a newspaper or watched TV or he would know that Bush LIED about going to war on Terror in Iraq, since he knew that the terrorists are in Pakistan after he let them ESCAPE from our Troops who had them surrounded and ready to be killed by our troops in 2001.

C. Romney must be confused since the real War on Terror is going to be fought in Pakistan. How could we possibly elect another President who like BUSH wants to keep us in his tyranny?

GOOD NEWS that ROMNEY dropped out of the Race on grounds that he is INCOMPETENT and regrets wasting 40 Million dollars of his own money to get to live in the White House. What a MORMON, I mean, Moron!

Now, all we need is for the rest of the MORONS to drop out of the race.

www.realdemocracyinamerica.com

Skippy - "Marc, you wou... (Below threshold)
marc:

Skippy - "Marc, you wouldn't know "reasoned commentary" if it came up and bit you in the ass."

And that means what? That you do know reasoned commentary and are willing to bite my ass to prove it?

whatever fella, can I put it up on Utube?

Mike Mathiesen - "A. Ro... (Below threshold)
marc:

Mike Mathiesen - "A. Romney has never served in the Military, never seen combat and is ensuring that none of his five children will see combat."

And so? Has Shillary? Has Obama? Did Edwards? How about The Kook?

"B. Romney must have never read a newspaper or watched TV or he would know that Bush LIED about going to war on Terror in Iraq, since he knew that the terrorists are in Pakistan after he let them ESCAPE from our Troops who had them surrounded and ready to be killed by our troops in 2001.

Please... your tired old canard is trite and doesn't wear well with reasoned logical minds.

Try tossing that red meat to the DKos Kiddies or over at Huff & Puff's place, they'll go wild another member has entered their echo chamber of horrors.

Skippy, As Bunyan p... (Below threshold)
LoveAmerica, Immigrant:

Skippy,
As Bunyan pointed out, lying is a job requirement for the dem leaders. So you are excited about the good con-job by Obama.
Sorry that you haven't shown any truth to dispute my facts or logic. You are not even happy when I give you liberals the credit for selecting your leaders well. Hillary and Obama truly represent the liberal convictions/principles. If that is not true, then let me know.

More facts about Obama here... (Below threshold)
LoveAmerica, Immigrant:

More facts about Obama here. All I can do is to give you the facts and the credit where it is due. If you don't want to face the facts, then it is up to you.

http://wizbangblog.com/content/2008/02/07/obamaniacs.php




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