Fred calls it quits

Fred withdrew his candidacy today. :(

UPDATE: Mitt Romney issued this statement:

Throughout this campaign, Fred Thompson brought a laudable focus to the challenges confronting our country and the solutions necessary to meet them. He stood for strong conservative ideas and believed strongly in the need to keep our conservative coalition together. Ann and I would like to extend our best wishes to Fred, Jeri and their family and congratulate them on their efforts during this campaign.

UPDATE2: Fred would likely have won Louisiana:

Louisiana’s social conservatives created the winning “Pro-life, Pro-family” slate in early January largely because we didn’t know if Fred was still going to be a candidate at the time of our caucuses (turns out that he wasn’t, by a few hours). Because we had almost all the state’s social conservative leaders for Fred, we were also able to stave off Huckabee by use of this “pro-life, pro-family” slate. I was really pleased with the win last night, as it’s not easy to beat McCain, Romney, and Paul without a candidate, but that’s what we did.

About 90 percent of the pro-family slate was actually Thompson supporters. If Fred were to jump back into the race, he would almost certainly pick up all 47 of Louisiana’s delegates (the whole point of LA’s complicated system was to have an early vote while still not losing half our delegates like all the other early states have). That would put him AHEAD of McCain in the delegate count and only narrowly trailing Romney.

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9 Responses to “Fred calls it quits”

  1. Lincoln says:

    I know, I’m crying too. :(

    It’s Freddie’s fault though. He should have capitalized on the buzz prior to his entering the race and hit the ground running, but he ran a limpy donged campaign, so much that I almost believed he wasn’t even all that interested in winning. Instead we had to see Huckabee racing ahead in the polls. Ah well, at least Schmuckabee ran out of money. :D

  2. Ash75 says:

    What do you think of a Romney/Thompson ticket?

  3. casey says:

    Sounds better than a Romney/McCain ticket. :)

  4. Music Site says:

    I agree. It does appear he is not interested in winning. Withdrawal was expected any time.

  5. Rick Rouse says:

    Fred entered the race late, and once in he seemed to lack that “fire in the belly” attitude that is so important for building momentum. He was my candidate of choice, and I hope to see him on the bottom of the ticket come November. Sometimes I wonder if that hasn’t been his strategy all along.

    My guess is the eventual Republican nominee will recognize the need to build a little confidence among the party’s conservative base, and what better way to do it than choose Fred as a running mate?

  6. Sicarii says:

    I know this is definitely OT, and I apologize if some find it somewhat offensive, but I thought it might appeal to some (personally, it cracked me up):

    The old priest lay dying in the hospital. For years, he had faithfully served the people of the nation’s capital in Washington, DC. He motioned for his nurse to come near.

    “Yes, Father?” said the nurse

    “I would really like to see President Bill and Senator Hillary Clinton before I die,” whispered the priest.

    “I’ll see what I can do, Father” replied the nurse.

    The nurse sent the request to the Senate and waited for a response. Soon the word arrived; the Clinton’s would be delighted to visit the priest.

    As they went to the hospital, Hillary commented to Bill, “I don’t know why the old priest wants to see us, but it certainly will help our images and might even get me elected President. After all, I’m IN IT TO WIN IT.”

    Bill agreed–it was a very good thing for her campaign once they put out a press release about it.

    When they arrived at the priest’s room, the old priest took Bill’s hand in his right hand and Hillary’s hand in his left. There was silence and a look of serenity on the old priest’s face.

    Finally Bill Clinton spoke. “Father, of all the people you could have chosen, why did you choose us to be with you as you near the end?”

    The old priest slowly replied, “I have always tried to pattern my life after our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”

    “Amen” said Bill.

    “Amen” said Hillary.

    The old priest continued…
    “He died between two lying thieves. I would like to do the same.”

  7. casey says:

    Thanks, Isaiah. I found it funny. :))

  8. childlife says:

    So sorry Casey :( Told ya you should have thrown your had in!

    LOL Isaiah – that was hilarious! Ken got a good laugh too :-j

  9. childlife says:

    Hat… I meant hat… :embarrassed: