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Headline: Fred Thompson Drops Out of Race

Though people have been speculating about it for weeks, Fred Thompson just officially ended his bid for the White House. Some credited Thompson's presence in the race for splitting the religious conservative vote and handing John McCain his victory Saturday in South Carolina. Thompson drops out less than a week before the next Republican contest in Florida.
From his statement,

"Today I have withdrawn my candidacy for President of the United States.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

How do you think the effect of this announcement will shape results in the Sunshine State?


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tiff58 tiff58 9 years
I think it's incredibly ridiculous to call him lazy, just because his campaign was unlike others that we have seen. I do wish he would have campaigned a little differently, but I would never call him lazy.
cine_lover cine_lover 9 years
Oh my gosh he totally does Jenna! I could not place the face!
JennaV JennaV 9 years
He looks like that eagle from the Muppet Show in that picture :rotfl:
mommie mommie 9 years
mommie mommie 9 years
He looks really mean in this photo. I would never want him as the President. Besides, he's just a lazy ass.
divinedebris divinedebris 9 years
It's about time he dropped, he's a half hearted candidate and really didn't say much during debates except for the ever present talking points. I think Ghouliani should be the next to drop, he's coming in behind almost everyone in the primaries. Ron Paul '08
tiff58 tiff58 9 years
I knew that this was going to happen, even though I hate that it did. I really hope that McCain chooses him as VP, too, so I'm with you cine_lover.
rickimc rickimc 9 years
I agree with ladybugrenee. I had a feeling he would drop, but I was hoping he wouldn't.
ladybugrenee ladybugrenee 9 years
i really like him, he was the one fiscally responsible candidate!
Kaysnowboarder Kaysnowboarder 9 years
Too bad for Fred that he was Nixon's gopher boy during watergate. I think that all caught up with him.
Zahara-Pitt Zahara-Pitt 9 years
Go McCain..Fred is too lazy to be president
cine_lover cine_lover 9 years
Oh and I wanted to add, if Republican's were smart, they would vote for McCain, because I truly feel he is the only one who has a chance of beating the Democratic candidate.
cine_lover cine_lover 9 years
I actually thought that Rudy was going to do much better then he is. The GOP is up in the air that is for sure.
blondie01 blondie01 9 years
Fred did seem genuine however I was never truly convinced he really wanted the Presidency that bad. It almost seems like he was forced into running because he seemed like the best conservative candidate. And he wasn't too competitive, the last time he was in a running like this (correct me if I'm wrong) was 1994? But do you guys really think McCain is going to get the Republican nom? I'm still not sure, I can see things turning around now that we get into the bigger states. Rudy has been planning and campaigning away in Florida this whole time, so if he doesn't win Florida, then there is a possibility he could go...but I just don't see him leaving without a fight, or at least just yet.
cine_lover cine_lover 9 years
Oh I soo hope it is Fred for two reasons now! I love a good bet!
CitizenSugar CitizenSugar 9 years
Now, now, I'm not hopping on the Fred as VP bandwagon--if that was the case, I think he'd stay in as a Mitt spoiler at least through FL. But I'll come up with a suitable running mate, you'll see :)
Arthur Arthur 9 years
you're on :).
cine_lover cine_lover 9 years
Well I don't have a thousands dollars, but you can have the right of taunting me and telling me how wrong i was.
Arthur Arthur 9 years
Once the nomination is nailed, all candidates (both parties) move to the middle, not the other way around. But if you want to take my bet, it's open to all :) Lieberman's former campaign spokesman Jano Cabrera had this funny little gem on the topic (heavily edited by me) ..."in a nation as politically polarized as ours, a bi-partisan maverick ticket could be incredibly formidable....Before the imaginary general election comes the real primary. Since Sen. Lieberman hasn't declared he's running, talk of him picking McCain as his running mate is premature.
cine_lover cine_lover 9 years
I think Fred will get chosen because he was the most conservative candidate. He will help bridge the gap that the conservatives need to vote this year. People like Fred, Fred and McCain are friends. The only reason I think that Fred did not get more votes is 1) the media did not push for Fred and 2) I think people felt that he was not going to win so they did not want to feel like they were throwing away their vote. Even if people don't agree with everything that Fred has to say, people trust him. Heck even his ex girlfriends came out and said that he treated them like gold. And as I said, I truly feel that if it is McCain and Thompson on the ballot, it will be a really hard ticket to beat. I think McCain is the Republicans only hope in beating the Democrats this year.
Arthur Arthur 9 years
So if McC gets the nom, and selects Fred, you win. If McC gets the nod and selects Lieberman, I win? If you're game for that bet, how bout $1k?
CitizenSugar CitizenSugar 9 years
Okay Arthur, if your money's on Lieberman, I'll take that bet! :)
bailaoragaditana bailaoragaditana 9 years
Not really surprising... It's going to make things better for McCain rather than Huckabee, I think.... which I want, because I have quite a lot of respect for McCain, but which I really don't want, because he's the one Repub I really and truly fear in a presidential election!!!
Arthur Arthur 9 years
you think mccain would pick fred? my money is on joe lieberman as vp candidate if he gets the nomination. if he can get past the conservatives side of the repub party to get the nom, he wont need em anymore and would have no reason to select fred.
Bettyesque Bettyesque 9 years
Just got this update from NY Times... sadly I knew it was coming. I believe he is genuine and agree with him a great deal on several issues.
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