Fred Thompson quits U.S. Presidential race
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Republican Fred Thompson has officially withdrawn his bid for the United States presidency. This announcement comes after Thompson's third place finish in the South Carolina Republican primary, in which he received 16% of the vote, trailing Mike Huckabee and John McCain.
"Today I have withdrawn my candidacy for president of the United States," Thompson said today. "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."
|We will always be bound by a close bond because we have traveled a very special road together for a very special purpose.|
—Fred Thompson to his supporters
Thompson's campaign began in September when he announced his candidacy on The Tonight Show. However, this was long after the other Republican candidates had already started their campaigns. He had been contemplating a presidential bid since March and formed an exploratory committee in June.
- "Thompson abandons White House bid" — , January 22, 2008
- Michael D. Shear. "Fred Thompson Drops Presidential Bid" — , January 22, 2008
- Adam Nagourney, Michael Powell. "Fred Thompson Drops Out of the Presidential Race" — , January 22, 2008
- David Espo, Liz Sidoti. "Thompson Quits Presidential Race" — , January 22, 2008