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Romney Drops Out of Race

Headline: Romney Officially Quits Race


In a speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference, Romney exited the presidential race, saying "today we are at war." He went on to say, in his fieriest speech to date, that his staying in the race would "forestall a national campaign" and make it easier for Clinton or Obama to win. He said, "it's never been about me. I entered this race because I love America. So I have to stand aside for my party, and my country . . . We cannot allow the next president of the United States to retreat in the face of evil extremism."

He also said, "America is unique in the sacrifice they've made for liberty . . . the best ally peace has ever known, and will ever know, is a strong America."

Does this move surprise you? Dropping out, Romney is set to keep the delegates he's won so far — he has won 11 states so far compared to John McCain's 13 wins. Is this move Romney trying to free himself from the race so he can be a Vice Presidential contender? What's going to happen now?

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