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"Today I have withdrawn my candidacy for President of the United States.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. Darth Vadik, CA

    Good ridance.

    Now if Paul, Huckabee, Giuliani, McInsane and Romney would drop out too, this country would be in a much better place.

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

    He was in the race?

    January 22, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  3. Mark Marcinowski

    Guilliani and Huckabee will both drop out after super duper whatever Tuesday then it will leave just mitt john and RON PAUL. The media was harsh on ron for coming in second in Nevada because he was the only person who advertised ( i don't even want to talk about how sad that it is that people are influnnced by advertisments ) but in any case Paul and Mitt are the only two who can afford to the adverts for tuesday. This one aint over by a long shot for ron paul !!!!!!!!!!

    January 22, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  4. Tim in VA

    Once Guilliani quits, the major networks will eliminate Ron Paul from the debates.
    The box will be set and all the remaining candidates will be allowed to play inside.

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

    Huckabee will be next to drop out along with Ron Paul.
    Fred, you are probably getting at acting.

    January 22, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  6. La Chatte

    How many people actually knew he was running? Come to thnk of it, was he running?

    I guess he must feel hurt that nobody begged him to stay in! Maybe he and Chuck (the solution to the immigration problem) Norris will form a bond over all of othis.

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

    I can hear him mulling this decision over. "Wow...this campaignin' stuff is kinda like...workin'".

    January 22, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  8. Paula

    I liked Fred Thompson. He said it the way it was and I admire him.

    January 22, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  9. Nalla

    Was he ever "in" the race to withdraw now? Get back to bed please.

    January 22, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  10. Denise

    Fred Thompson is a great American. He had my vote. I am truly sorry he has dropped out of the race. He is the only candidate with the background in foreign relations capable of representing our country in this global marketplace. I hope he will continue to serve our country in other political capacities.

    January 22, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  11. Jason

    Fred Thompson was running for president?

    January 22, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  12. Bryan Whitehead Anniston, AL

    It's too bad that Fred Thompson had to drop out. I liked his intelligence and plain-talk way of communicating. Unfortunately, I think he waited too late to get in the race and then just seemed to sit there waiting on votes and supporters rather than going after them with energy and enthusiasm.

    January 22, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  13. Nik T, Houston, TX

    Fred Thompson was running?

    January 22, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  14. John

    Hopefully Fred's supporters will choose to follow John McCain. McCain is the only one with a prayer at beating Romney. And everyone knows that the Democrats would love to have Romney on the ticket because not even true Republicans will vote for him. Now if we can just get McCain to add Huckabee as his V.P. Candidate the Republicans will walk away with the general election.

    January 22, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  15. Rox

    I love it when 'Mericans insult France–have you ever been there? It is fantastic! Best food, best architecture, best public transportation, best healthcare...and on and on. Try visiting a country before you trash it.

    January 22, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  16. Mesay

    Thompson, America is really greatful to your contribution. Thank you for exploring the issues, your participation was not a failure by any means. It really helped voter choose the right nominee for the highest office. I wish you well, may the peace and love of Jesus be up on you. Thank you................................

    January 22, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  17. Robert

    He served his purpose–making sure McCain won SC and now he is out.

    January 22, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  18. Steve

    Romney/Thompson 2008!

    January 22, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  19. SF, CA

    He was running?

    January 22, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  20. Louie

    wow...what was that...a whole 4 months (give or take a few weeks) in the race? Why did he waste his time? Now go home and enjoy your trophy wife, Fred.

    January 22, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  21. MM

    By electing Huckabee America can become again a prosperous country with strong moral base on biblical principle. Moral is absolute not relative

    January 22, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  22. Gi

    I believe Ron Paul is in it for the long run. I am supporter of his, and feel he is the only one intelligent enough to become president. He knows a LOT about the history of America (and has actually experienced a majority of it)...and he realizes what works and what doesn't. Afterall, don't we need someone who can learn from our past mistakes instead of recreating them?

    ~Vote Ron Paul~

    January 22, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  23. Vino

    what a lazy prez you would have made, thanks for leaving

    January 22, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  24. Patrick

    As an avid Thompson supporter I am sad to hear this. It seems the only other small government candidate is Ron Paul. He has my support now.

    January 22, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  25. Rhino

    Freddy's heart wasn't in it – anyone could see that.
    Hopefully Jeri takes it easy on him, doesn't beat him up too bad about not fulfilling HER dream of him being president.
    Now Fred, you go on and endorse Senator McCain like a good boy, then you and the kids can go out and play.

    January 22, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
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