As of right now, there are officially no men named Thompson in the race for President.
Tommy Thompson — the former Governor of Wisconsin and former Health & Human Services Secretary — officially withdrew from the race for the Republican nomination yesterday. The New York Times political blog, The Caucus, included a copy of his statement:
“I want to thank the people of Iowa who were welcoming and supportive as well as my volunteers and contributors from around the country,” Mr. Thompson said in the statement. “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.”
Let’s see. Tommy Thompson’s out. McCain’s broke. Sam Brownback is almost broke, and was beaten by Mike Huckabee in Iowa over the weekend. (Brownback is hurting because he is attacking fellow Republicans.) The GOP really needs to winnow this field down over the next few weeks.
With Fred Thompson about to get in, and Newt Gingrich waiting in the wings, September could be an interesting month in Republican politics.