(CNN) – Presidential hopefuls reacted to Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann's decision to suspend her campaign on Wednesday after a sixth place finish in the Iowa caucuses Tuesday night.
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney
“Ann and I salute Congresswoman Bachmann. She ran a campaign to advance the principles of limited government that I hold dear. Michele is a friend and a strong competitor. Her tenacity on the campaign trail and her fierce intelligence in the debates have left me no doubt that, as advertised, she does indeed have a titanium spine. Michele inspires millions of Americans by the way she has lived her life, raised her family and served her country. With leaders of her caliber coming up the ranks, the future of the Republican Party – and the future of the country – is bright.”
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich in Concord, N.H.
"She was courageous and she had – I hope she will either run for re-election or will run for statewide office. She is a considerable talent. She has great courage. I agreed with many of her issues. She was a leader in opposing Obamacare. She is a leader in trying to repeal Dodd-Frank. These are issues that she and I were in total agreement on. She did a great job in one of the debates in pointing out how disastrously misinformed Ron Paul's foreign policy is. I thought she was superb in walking through the reality of terrorism at a time when Congressman Paul seems to have a fantasy foreign policy that is enormously dangerous to American national security."
Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman
"Michele Bachmann brought an energetic and passionate voice to this race, and she should be proud of the ambitious solutions she offered to reduce our national debt and rebuild our economy. I wish Michele and her family nothing but the best, and know she will continue to be a powerful force in the fight to defeat Barack Obama and restore America’s greatness."
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I don't mean to be disrespectful, but those who are praising this yahoo Perry must not live in Texas. Old slick Rick preacher Perry is not at all a man of good character. How could this so called apparent Christian execute nearly 500 prisoners, and BTW some were apparently innocent, and be so joyful about it? Perry has hurt our Children, Women, the Elderly, the Disabled, and many minorities in this State, and many here in Texas are sick of him. He continues to run knowing it's costing ttax payers over 400,000 just for security while on his little arrogant jaunt. He's not to be trusted at all in my opinion. I've lived in Texas for 60+ years, and we've never had it so bad. Please don't judge all Texans as idiots, because many of us have never voted for him, dislike him greatly, and frankly find him embarassing. Not all of us belong to the "good old boys club"!
So, the token black republican's gone, and the token female republican lost abysmally and is also gone.
I wish I were more surprised, but a party that thinks women are too dense to make reproductive decisions was never going to nominate one to the presidency.
I never expected Bachmann or Herman Cain to win a single primary.
Now the republican party can continue to run in it's natural design, as a party of old white men.
Good luck to them, and God help anyone who doesn't fit that description that votes for them.
What I cannot believe is the fact that all of the candidates truly believe that each one of them qualifies to be president; they claim anyone on the stage can beat President Obama!! That's one of the FIRST lies that came out of their mouths. Then they turn around and beat up on each other?
Same with the right-bloggers here; each time a candidate rose to the top, the bloggers here were "all for them," including Cain, Bachmann, Perry, etc.That does not say much about the right-voters or the candidates!
Michele Bachmann choose to 'SUSPEND' her candidacy so the she can continue to reap millions of dollars for disillusioned supports and continue to spend money on her GOP propaganda machine. If she would to do the HONEST and RIGHT thing should just go away and pray.
Great news for SNL and late night talk show hosts!
I wonder if God told her to quit...