It disappointed me to hear this news today. What follows is Fred Thompson's statement ending his campaign and then my thanks to Fred Thompson for what he did for us.
Today I have withdrawn my candidacy for President of the United States.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. (source)
I would like to thank Fred Thompson for running and standing so well for conservatism as it is, rather than as what some would prefer it to be. He didn't pander, he spoke clearly and intelligently on the issues that matter most to the future of this country. I hope that he and Jeri will find some way to continue to keep conservative principles important to our elected officials and those aspiring to lead this country. Should you decide rather to lead a quite family life, I'll be saddened, but I'll also understand, it has been earned.
God bless you and your family in the days and years ahead.
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