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

Thompson drops out of GOP presidential race


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"Today I have withdrawn my candidacy for President of the United States.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. Scott, Toledo OH

    One less CFR War Monger to worry about becoming president. GO RON PAUL!

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

    Thompson is quite an entertainer, to say the least. I kinda like the guy, maybe not as President, but anyway – God bless him!

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

    If Thompson was in it for the cause, then he will endorse Romney (McCain and Huckabee are liberals and must be defeated, besides for the fact that Mitt happens to be a mega talented conservative guy).

    But Fred, please don't request of Mitt to be his running mate, because it will do harm to his candidacy. People perceive you to be the laziest guy on earth, and for that reason alone (especially after the "where is waldo" Dick Cheyney") you will be a liability to his candidacy.

    Fred, please don't have hard feelings towards Mitt, and give him your endorsement. If you do, and Mitt wins, you will be a part of history, in saving America from losing the Republican party to the liberals (although the Republican Party is half way there by now).

    January 22, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  4. Gwen

    John Edwards should be next. He will lose his birthplace state of South Carolina Saturday. It's too much to hope that the SuperEgo candidates: Duncan Hunter, Dennis Kucinich, and Ron Paul will show enough class to drop out and let the contenders run.

    January 22, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  5. Jay

    Hucka-Believer, we sent 3x as much money to Arab nations as we do to Israel. Meanwhile our "alliance" with them is making everyone in the region hate us and them as well. They have proven before that they can defend themselves handily. And of course if they were invaded we'd step in to support them, just have we have joined wars to defend against aggressors all through the past. It would honestly be better for both us and Israel if we didn't tout this "support", when we are not really supporting them anyway. By the way, I am Jewish.

    January 22, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  6. Larry, Hazleton, Pa

    Another "conservative without consious" out with 5 more to go. Good riddance.

    January 22, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  7. John

    We have to remember that half of America agrees with our Republican ideals. To get anything done in politics you have to get support from the other side of the aisle. Reagan is a perfect example. During his presidency he worked with a democrat congress and democrat senate. Study his record – it illustrates a great American. Whoever becomes President must bring both sides together. We are all Americans.

    I am not picking on Hillary. It should be obvious to everyone that she is the most polarizing individual of both parties. Therefore not a good choice. She is negative and she points out problems about everyone else but has no solutions for these problems.

    Interesting to note : Mitt is the only candidate that could possibly change a blue state to a red state. Michigan and Mass. This = Presidency. Look at the history of our elections. It is quite simple.

    January 22, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  8. james, newport, KY

    Fred, I liked you better before you decided to run for Prez.

    You might take a good cabinet postion under a Huckabee/McCain administration?

    January 22, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  9. Cam

    And study history we can all learn from it.

    January 22, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  10. AJ - Montpelier

    What effort? Did he make an effort? When he entered this race, his numbers were high and he had a good shot. But he didnt pick up the ball and run with it. One more GOP candidate down!!

    January 22, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  11. David

    "...It's too much to hope that the SuperEgo candidates: Duncan Hunter, Dennis Kucinich, and Ron Paul will show enough class to drop out and let the contenders run."

    hahaha, what a statement. I can't believe someone would say this. Good job Gwen.


    Move out of the country.

    January 22, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  12. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Fred is one more example that Americans aren't voting on experience. I think Fred would have probably made a better president than Bush but unfortunately his time has come and gone. Best of luck to his wife Jeri and his kid.

    January 22, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  13. Val Davydov, MA

    I just wanted to say that I agree with you Lenny. Fred should endorse Romney if he cares about our country and our future, but I don't like Fred as Romney's running mate. Romney will greatly benefit if he had a female running as his VP. He and Kerry Healey were a powerful ticket here in MA.

    January 22, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  14. oop

    finally, a rational decision on his part.

    January 22, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  15. Linda, Salt Lake City, Utah

    I was surprised that Fred woke up long enough to give a speech. God save us from the GOP.

    January 22, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  16. josh

    Make way for Mitt Romney. One less conservative in the running = McCain is going down.

    January 22, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  17. Mike F.

    Fred is a federalist. He is a strong constitutional supporter. His common sense approach reminds me a lot of Jim Leach from Iowa. He too wasn't some fast-talker that you didn't want to trust, but was a straight shooter who would not tow the party line at all costs. It's too bad Thompson couldn't generate more support. He won't go in for VP just like McCain won't go in for VP. I could see either McCain or Romney having Huckabee as a VP candidate. With him on the ticket, it would draw the social conservatives. For Romney, it would really help with the likeability factor. Guiliani will go back to the speaker circuit. I hope Hillary wins the Dem. nomination. I think she's a guaranteed loss. Look at how much trouble she is having within her party for something that was hers to lose. McCain would trounce her as independents would vote for him in droves. Obama appears to have a stronger character and ability to unite people. Unfortunately, his positions right now are a bit too far left for me.

    January 22, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  18. LQ Rochester MN

    I didn't even like him on Law and Order.

    January 22, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  19. R Morris

    Amanda (posted 2:47 p.m.), good note. We should all respect Fred Thompson. I contributed to his potential campaign before it started. Unfortunately, the GOP left him. Ron Paul is the right man for the job and I now contribute to his campaign. To those of you who do not bother to read and study the most important issue of our time, it is regretable. Ron Paul will restore our Republic; thereby restoring your freedom and your financial security. His policies, defined by The Constitution, will restore our national security. Please, out of respect for yourselves, your families, your children, and our forefathers, please go to RonPaulforPresident2008.com and study. Know the man before you discredit him, before you sell out.

    January 22, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  20. Patriot

    Fred Thompson wasted everyones time and was a true conservative, wanted everything handed to him on a silver platter without wanting to work very hard. But of course everyone else has to work hard. What a communist.

    January 22, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  21. Bob

    Good to hear that there will be no new episodes of Thompson on the trail.....I will only be able to catch re-runs of his presidential talks on youtube. Waste of space and time at this point in the race.

    January 22, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  22. Peter, Wausau, WI

    This is really too bad, he was a faithful conservative candidate. Hopefully we can get Mike Huckabee as President, he would be 2nd best to Thompson.

    January 22, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  23. Chris Schuler, Belleville, IL

    Giuliani has been doing worse than Thompson. How long before that faux-conservative finally drops out?

    January 22, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  24. John Allan

    Time to vote for Mitt Romney, the only other conservative candidate in the race.

    January 22, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  25. Right Said Fred

    Fred Thompson was running for President? Who knew...

    January 22, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
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