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"Today I have withdrawn my candidacy for President of the United States.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

    Boy, you Americans... It's embarrasing!

    January 22, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  2. Jim A

    well, at least we can get back to the good episodes of Law & Order. I am not a Fred supporter, but I do enjoy his role. As for the GOP, it is like trying to complete a jigsaw puzzle, but each of the pieces is from a different puzzle.

    January 22, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  3. Paul Thompson

    What a bunch of media bigots...I make a comment about protecting the unborn and you delete it...news...my foot!

    January 22, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  4. Hucka-Believer

    Next on the chopping block:
    1)Giuilani will bow out after Florida. He beat everyone to Florida, and is WAY behind in the polls considering his head start
    2)Ron Paul – He lost all national electability with his "Abandon Isreal" policy
    3)Mitt Romney – If every state were Nevada and Utah, he'd be okay. Nationally he's up the creek.

    Come on Huckabee.......!!!!!

    January 22, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  5. np

    My question is why won't Cheney run? Aren't incumbrent VP's usually in some position to win? He's been a great life insurance policy for Bush! Unfortunately, the Republicans didn't look far enough down to the road to pick a more viable candidate leaving the all the others scrambling. Fred was dead ball from the beginning of the game. Too bad....

    January 22, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  6. S Jonathan, UT

    I've tried 6 times now to post this comment, but it never gets through the moderators.

    I'm sad to see Thompson go, he's a good and honest man. I hope he endorses Mitt, but either way, it will help him in Florida.

    Do your homework, Huckabee won't drop out, he's got his focus on the VP spot and helping McCain. He has no clear plan in Florida and has actually spent more time in Georgia.

    It's looking more and more like all-against-Romney.

    January 22, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  7. Louie

    Guiliani will be next to drop out!

    January 22, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  8. Tom Masters

    Fair well, Fred.

    January 22, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  9. andrew k

    fred who?

    🙂

    January 22, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  10. Ben

    There is no way Guilliani is going to win Florida, as for Huckabee I think he's pretty much done too. So, who do I like between Mitt & McCain? Neither, but if I had to choose I'd choose McCain. Why? Mitt is a flippity flip-flopper, and if the Democrats don't give him the same treatment the republicans gave Kerry in 2004 I'd be surprised.

    January 22, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  11. Heather, Chicago IL

    Let me see... Thompson is out. Huckabee has no money and will be out after Super Tuesday. Guiliani is the same as Huck – broke, dried up fundraising, and poor results will push him out. Romney will only be in as long as he feels like wasting his money, so who knows how long that will be. McCain, the man who blew his entire budget over the summer and couldnt even afford plane tickets or campaign staff – will suddenly get all of the others' endorsements, and probably a boost in fundraising. Ron Paul has cash – just raised another $2 million yesterday – and an untapped supporter base that continues to grow exponentially. He's in it til the very end, the battle vs. McCain of the independant voters. So who are the "Front-Runners" now?

    January 22, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  12. jay

    Good bye and good riddance. Don't go away mad, just go away.

    January 22, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  13. Paul

    I believe that Mitt Romney will get the majority of Thompson’s supporters because he is the strongest conservative and ready to lead this country. I do not get why people like John McCain? He is running for the wrong party. Pretty soon it is going to be a race between Romney and McCain. Romney will win because on February 5, when Americans go to the polls, they will ask themselves. Who is going to improve the economy? Who is going to keep us safe? Mitt Romney will win the Republican nomination and then the Presidency. Mitt Romney 08!

    January 22, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  14. Fred, TN

    I hope true conservatives who supported Fred Thompson will now choose a true conservative and patriot: Ron Paul.

    January 22, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  15. William Pruett

    This will go down as a sad chapter in US history! In order to run for president in the United States you now must have friends in the media in order to have a chance. If they don't like you, they will ignore you till you go away. May God bless Fred and his family, and may his mother make a speedy recovery.

    Bluefield Virginia

    January 22, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  16. Russ C, Seattle, Wa

    Poor, poor Fred.

    Ya ask me the only Republican candidate worth considering is McCain but if he were stupid enough to run with Huckabee he would kill his chances. I don’t think he’s going to choose anyone from the current flock of Republicans that are running. Better to go outside and choose someone the base can respect and who doesn’t advocate replacing the constitution with his own interpretation of “God’s laws”.

    January 22, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  17. Renaisauce

    That's too bad. He looked like he was just starting to get going. I was going to vote for Romney as the competent candidate, but Thompson was, by far, the coolest character in the race. He was always completely unfazed, and that was refreshing. He and McCain can share a pitcher of lemonade and a pair of rocking chairs as they watch the general election from a porch in Arizona.

    By the way, Ron Paul supporters, we all understand what he says. There's just too few of us who actually think he can do anything except complain. He's simply not a qualified or even serious contender. Even if no one votes for Giuliani, I'd still say there's a very strong majority who would vote for him over Paul any day of the week. Stop wasting your time.

    January 22, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  18. Jufus, Milwaukee, WI

    The Republicans now have NO VIABLE CANDIDATES!

    Here's a suggestion: Contact the Taliban, have them come back for another visit to the White House to see Bush, and perhaps they can suggest someone viable.

    January 22, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  19. Andy L.

    Fred has a great deal of potential... may have made a good President, but he never really showed the voters he wanted the job. He seemed to go through the motions but never exhibited the passion!

    January 22, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  20. J. Calendine

    Before all you liberal Dems (or socialists) jump for glee, go to Judicial Watch and read up on how that scoundel Hillary tried to screw this country with "Hillary-Care."
    At least Fred Thompson is an honest, decent man!!!

    January 22, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  21. Aaron, Indiana

    "Poor GOP. They have ZERO good or viable canidates"

    And the socialist....I mean democrats do???

    January 22, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  22. The rock

    This country needs Romney, an economic savvy and business turn around candidate. Romney will benefit from Thompson supporters. McCain is looking fragile. Giullani does not have support from NY police and firemen or from his own family.

    January 22, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  23. Faiza, Los Angeles, CA

    surprise surprise, Thompson dropped out. Honestly, he should have done that 5 months ago, or really should have never bothered running to begin with. He seemed like he didn't really care and just forced into it.

    January 22, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  24. Another Steve

    Just the type of job a lazy politician wants. Come in late and leave early. Thanks for nothing Fred.

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

    What happens to a candidate's pledged delegates after that candidate drops out of the race?

    January 22, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
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