Tommy Thompson’s campaign just released the following statement:
Thompson Thanks Supporters, Exits Presidential Race
Madison – Saying he has ‘no regrets’, Governor Tommy Thompson thanked his supporters Saturday night and officially left the campaign trail.
“I want to thank the people of Iowa who were welcoming and supportive as well as my volunteers and contributors from around the country,” said Thompson. “I have no regrets about running. 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. I am leaving the campaign trail today, but I will not leave the challenges of improving health care and welfare in America.”
I just noticed I never made Tommy Thompson a category to begin with so apparently I knew this was inevitable.
He says, “my campaign was completely shocked. We absolutely thought we were coming in second [at the Iowa Straw Poll]. We had no doubt in our minds. The worst we thought we’d come in was third and it didn’t happen that way. Something happened between the 50-yard line and the goal line. They pulled a reverse on us and we didn’t see it coming.”
Count me not shocked.
His campaign site is still silent on the issue. Farewell Tommy boy!