Tommy Thompson was a fine candidate who knew how to keep a promise.
“I’ve said all along that if I don’t come in first or second, I’ll drop out of the race,” said Tommy Thompson, a former governor of Wisconsin and Bush administration Cabinet official.
Now, from the Bush adminstration official, it becomes official.
Former Wisconsin governor Tommy G. Thompson dropped out of the race for the Republican presidential nomination last night, a day after finishing sixth in the straw poll in Ames, Iowa.
A big man in defeat.
Thompson had pledged to leave the race if he did not finish first or second in Saturday’s straw poll. His showing reflected the fact that, though he devoted considerable time to campaigning in Iowa, traveling to all 99 counties, he never generated excitement among Republican activists for his candidacy.
He meant what he said and he said what he meant. An elephant’s faithful 100%.
“I have no regrets about running,” Thompson said in a statement released by his campaign. “I felt my record as Governor of Wisconsin and Secretary of Health and Human Services gave me the experience I needed to serve as President, but I respect the decision of the voters.”
Kudos to you Tommy.
Tommy can you hear me?
Can you feel me near you?
It was a good run, but all things must come to an end.
And then there were eight.
The John Cox deathwatch continues unabated. Developing….
Update: Actually I think I successfully called this one:
Next is Tommy Thompson, who will pull out of the race after today if he doesn’t place first. Good luck, Tommy! Actually it started out like a concession speech. Thompson has seen the writing on wall.