January 22nd, 2008
02:27 PM ET
11 years ago

Thompson drops out of GOP presidential race

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Thompson had a disappointing showing in the GOP's South Carolina primary. (Photo Credit: AP)

In a statement issued by his campaign, Fred Thompson said:

"Today I have withdrawn my candidacy for President of the United States.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."

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soundoff (160 Responses)
  1. Don Ptacek

    Huckabee will be next.........

    January 22, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  2. Sam, Manchester, New Hampshire

    Well Fred. It was nice knowing you. You seem like a nice guy, but just not Presidential material.

    January 22, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  3. Mark

    Fred Thompson could have made a great president, but he didn't seem like he really wanted the job. I love his politics, but his lack of drive was a real letdown.

    January 22, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  4. Mike, Milwaukee, WI

    Fred wasted about 5 months of his life running for a the most important job in the world, knowing he did not really want to. He jumped in this race way too late. Look for him to endorse his former colleage John McCain.

    January 22, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  5. Neutral No More

    Well, what will this now do for/to Mike Huckabee/John McCain? Many feel that Thompson siphoned votes off of Huckabee in South Carolina, which helped McCain win. Thompson dropping out could mean a boost for Huckabee to get more of the evangelical vote (there are a lot in Florida).

    I still see Romney taking Florida.

    January 22, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  6. X-Man From Boston

    OH NO! He can't, wait- Fred who is dropping out of what?

    January 22, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  7. Becky in Vegas

    Bout Time!!!

    January 22, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  8. Steve,

    I'm sorry to hear that Fred has dropped out. I thought he was a good candidate. Looks like I will be voting for Mitt now.

    January 22, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  9. Conan

    Fred who?

    January 22, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  10. Matt

    Loved Fred, but he lost me back in November!

    January 22, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  11. Briggon

    Despite a possible McCain endorsement we might see many of his conservative supporters supporting Romney in his bid for the nomination. This could very well be a big boost to Romney.

    January 22, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  12. James Holt

    Argh. Now I really have no clue who to vote for, Thompson was the only candidate I believed it.

    January 22, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  13. Jack

    It is about time...he hasn't done particulrly well anywhere. I hope that Guiliani loses Florida and that he drops out and stops exploiting 9/11 at every occasion

    January 22, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  14. C C

    I think his sick mom has something to do with this.

    January 22, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  15. John

    Goodbye to the only real conservative. Huckabee supporters will be sorry!

    January 22, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  16. Ryan

    One crazy conservative down, unfortunately at least 5 to go.

    Poor GOP. They have ZERO good or viable canidates.

    January 22, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  17. chris

    This is the best news I have heard all day!

    January 22, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  18. Jay

    About Time.

    January 22, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  19. Joe, Austin, TX

    He won't be missed.

    January 22, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  20. Dave

    Finally, the Republican playing field is closing up. Hopefully Huckabee and Paul will drop out soon and leave it up to Giuliani, McCain, and Romney. For my peace of mind, it will be better to have three on both sides of the aisle before Super Tuesday.

    January 22, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  21. Pat

    Actually, Guilliani will be next

    January 22, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  22. Tburnett

    That is sad!! I would have voted for you!!

    January 22, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  23. Steve

    Wait...was he even really running?

    January 22, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  24. Bob H

    He woke up long enough to issue a statement?

    January 22, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  25. Eric

    Correction, Giuliani will be next

    January 22, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
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