Well, I think we all saw this coming – he was going to his mother’s house in Tennessee after the South Carolina primary instead of campaigning and he said he’d make a decision later.
That was the point that I knew – he was out.
Today, he announced that he’s pulling out, but does not plan on endorsing anybody. In a press conference he said, “Today I have withdrawn my candidacy for President of the United States.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.”
I liked Fred Thompson – although I don’t think his heart was ever fully in the campaign, but being with his mother is a good and noble thing to do.
I think this will help Romney – Huckabee has scaled back his Florida campaign after his second place finish in South Carolina, but either way, this is a move which will hurt Giuliani and may hurt McCain (although McCain is a close friend of Thompson’s, his support comes from a different area than Thompson’s did).
We’ll see what happens!