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"Today I have withdrawn my candidacy for President of the United States.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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  1. george, andover, NJ

    Hurry Fred, Law & Order still has a vacancy – NO, not as D.A. chief, that position has already been filled....how 'bout a guest spot as a con man

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

    What a shame. The only man not trying to win by cramming his religious beliefs, race or sex down out throats.

    January 22, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  3. Joe G, Washington, DC

    Why did he bother running in the first place? Answer: EGO

    No thanks for wasting our time.

    Please take that idiot Chuck Norris with you back to LaLa Land.

    January 22, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  4. Daniel

    I think if Giuliani beats out Huckabee in FL (somewhat regardless of position), Huckabee will drop out.

    January 22, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  5. J

    This doesn't surprise me. It's sad that the only "True" Conservative in the race has to drop out. This is mostly his own doing because he started so late and didn't get aggressive until the last couple of weeks. I think he would have made a good president. Get ready for our country to be like socialist France if any of the Dems or John McCain win. Universal Health Care???? Kyoto???? Open Boarders??? Path to Legalization???? WHAT A JOKE!!!!!!!!

    January 22, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  6. lawrencewalker

    Let's just hope Bush isn't next, leaving us with Cheney as president.

    On the Democratic side, I feel Edwards is the most presidential candidate, which just goes to show that star power is the best polling criteria. Star power put Reagan and Thompson on the map. And star power is keeping the novelty of Hillary Clinton and Obama afloat.

    Otherwise, we might really be getting somewhere.

    Of all the candidates, McCain probably depends the least on star power.

    January 22, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  7. Enough said.

    I liked Fred on 'Law and Order' .

    I have no idea why he ran for president though.

    January 22, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  8. Dave in Houston

    Even his departure statement is lazy, uninspired and boring!

    Rudy, get your towel ready - to throw in, that is! Maybe you can get on the Bloomberg ticket on a "Vote for the May-ahs" Party.

    January 22, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  9. Mechelle

    Fred, it was nice knowing you! Thanks for giving the other candidates something to think about. Who knows you may end up with a VP spot because so many still like you and your ideas.

    As for Huckabee, he isn't smart enough to bow out yet. Oh well, he's in it for the Kudos, give him a few more states so he can have a few more pats on the back from his "followers".

    McCain will have spurts of support because the Media is so behind him (why, I'll never know), but he will be the first to be defeated by the Dems in November, so yes, he is a Media favorite, but we republicans will pick our own candidates, thank you.

    Mitt, he's the man. Through and through. Educated, business savvy, and very much a uniter. We really need a season of peace. He will bring it.

    January 22, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  10. Joe, Florida

    Finally!

    January 22, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  11. Cathy

    Good! Its about time. Fred Thompson's candidacy was a joke. And do us the favor Mr. Thompson of not going back to your day job on Law and Order.

    January 22, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  12. Amanda

    Fred Thompson was actually a much better option than most and he beat up a bunch of them at the debates...He called all to the mat on their policies and record, except for Ron Paul...in case anyone missed that!

    I witnessed an unspoken respect between Thompson and Paul. Afterall, Thompson was the only one who actually understood what Paul was saying at the debates...all the rest had little to no idea how much knowledge and history was behind all he said, so they laughed him off!

    Congratulations to Fred Thompson on his run and I appreciated having him in the debates!!

    Prediction: I'm thinking he might team up with Romney as VP.

    January 22, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  13. Gorbashov, Long Beach, Ca.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! His support will go to Hickabee, and make him a stronger candidate. Now he may pull off Florida.

    Oh please Lord, make Huckabee the Rep. candidate!

    Edwards in 2008!

    January 22, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  14. Shari

    He was the only true conservative running,and he was well informed. He gave Huckabee some reality checks during the debates! We'll miss you,Fred.

    January 22, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  15. Don

    Seriously does anyone really notice, GOODBYE SLEEPY FRED!

    January 22, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  16. Steve, Amherst Ohio

    Guilliani or Huckabee are both so beatable in an election. I would love to see either on the republican ticket.

    January 22, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  17. Boruch

    Fred: Thanks for the effort. I don't regret a penny of my donation towards your campaign. Now that you dropped out, please endorse Romney. You and him were the only two conservative top tier candidates. We need Romney to absorb your fans, or our next president is a liberal! Heaven forbid!

    January 22, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  18. Scott Schrader, Mounds View, MN

    Congratulations, retire with dignity, and go back to sleep.

    January 22, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  19. dd

    Actually, Giuliani may be on the block next. We'll see following Florida.

    But in turn, Huckabee's popularity among the southern states might swell with Thompson bowing out. I can't say I understand all the hatred for Huckabee, myself–seems like an honest man and a fair leader. He would definitely need to surround himself with wise, solid counselors...but every President must do the same. The Presidency is too large for one man alone.

    I could see Giuliani, for example, fitting better in an administrative role (national security? defense?), and even Thompson as a part of an administration. As long as we select a sincere and resolute man for executive...

    January 22, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  20. SB

    What a pathetic candidate. Guy is an uninspiring zombie. The last thing we needed was another actor in the White House.

    January 22, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  21. Dave C - NJ

    Yes Fred, thank you so much for an enlightening campaign. You taught us that there are not enough middle-aged overweight religious conservative backward southerners to upset a GOP primary.

    Can't wait to see you in the next Tom Clancy thriller.

    January 22, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  22. Amanda

    Fred Thompson was actually a much better option than most and he beat up a bunch of them at the debates...He called all to the mat on their policies and record, except for RP...in case anyone missed that!

    I witnessed an unspoken respect between Thompson and RP. Afterall, Thompson was the only one who actually understood what RP was saying at the debates...all the rest had little to no idea how much knowledge and history was behind all he said, so they laughed him off!

    Congratulations to Fred Thompson on his run and I appreciated having him in the debates!!

    Prediction: I'm thinking he might team up with Romney as VP.

    January 22, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  23. Dan

    My moneys on Guilliani dropping out next

    January 22, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  24. harry

    Another right wing candidate bites the dust!

    Next to go will be the Huckster from Hope. After that? Probably Mitt, leaving either McCain or Guiliani to lose to Obama in November.

    January 22, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  25. Denny McKinney

    I hope Huckabee isn't next. He's the only candidate that makes sense.

    January 22, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
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