January 22nd, 2008
02:27 PM ET
10 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"Today I have withdrawn my candidacy for President of the United States.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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  1. Matt

    One less idiot thinking he can be president.

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

    When are the Democratic bottom candidates dropping out?

    January 22, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  3. Bob

    Who will he endorse?

    January 22, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  4. Blonde

    I hope Gulliani will be next.

    January 22, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  5. Romney NC

    I sure hope he endorses Romney over McCain!!

    January 22, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  6. Real Conservative

    With Fred out, it looks like we can all finally come together on Mitt Romney, the only true conservative still in the race!

    January 22, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  7. It's Clear....

    This is down to Romney or McCain...total no brainer here. Huck and Rudy will drop out after poor showings in Florida.

    January 22, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  8. Mike

    Thompson started his campaign way too late.

    January 22, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  9. Joel, Corona, CA

    I wonder who he'll endorse

    January 22, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  10. Clint

    I am sorry to hear Fred is dropping out of the race. Thank you for your service to our country, the American people made a huge mistake in not supporting him.

    January 22, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  11. Jeff

    It's not like he was ever really "in" the race to begin with.

    January 22, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  12. Fred Who?

    I didn't realize he was running.

    January 22, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  13. Luther

    I'm black. I'll vote GOP this time

    January 22, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  14. Cill Blinton

    ...but Hillary could actually BEAT Huckabee...

    January 22, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  15. Mark - Irvine CA

    I didn't know he was running...

    January 22, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  16. richard

    He was never really in the race.

    January 22, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  17. ashleyincanada

    What a waste of time and money he came into the race late and is the first to go, sad...LOL.

    January 22, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  18. Jonathan

    Gone are the days when a southern drawl and a smile can win you the White House. Perhaps Sam Waterston will will you your old job back?

    January 22, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  19. CC

    It's about time, he never had a chance!

    January 22, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  20. Greg

    Bye bye, Fred. We'll miss your ... uh ...

    No, we won't miss you.

    January 22, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  21. kevin

    Next in order – Guiliani, Huckabee, Romney. I don't think Ron Paul is going to drop his bid. But it will be hard for Mccain to beat Hillary. I HOPE he wins.

    January 22, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  22. Linda Harmon

    I really did not count on hearing this. I was so hopeful that Fred would stick in there until Super Tues. Anything can happen. The way the candidates are beating up on each other, I think people are finally tired of it. It really seems like so many people here in Tennessee are for Fred. I hope that this is not true, but if it is I still have so much faith in Mr. Thompson, that I really hope he will run for vice president. Please Fred stick in there until Super Tues. I am so sorry to hear about your Mother. I understand if this has helped you make up your mind on getting out of the race. God Bless you and your family. Linda Harmon

    January 22, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  23. Denis, NJ

    Thompson has my respect, even though I wouldn't have voted for him.

    January 22, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  24. Josh

    Yeah, this is way overdue. I'm suprised he stayed in for as long as he did.

    January 22, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  25. Mike Sacks

    Can't they all just quit and let McCain win? I love him so much!

    January 22, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
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