Sunday, August 12, 2007

Tommy Thompson drops out

This is not a big shocker. I think Tommy Thompson would have been a much stronger candidate 8 years ago when he had better name recognition as Wisconsin Governer. With his credentials as one of the two major leaders of welfare reform in the 1990's (other being John Engler), he should have been a stronger candidate.

From CNN
Former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson dropped out of the race for the GOP presidential nomination.

Thompson, who also served in the Bush Cabinet, did not meet the expectations he set for himself in the Ames Republican straw poll held Saturday.

"I want to thank the people of Iowa who were welcoming and supportive as well as my volunteers and contributors from around the country," Thompson said in a written statement.

Thompson, former secretary of Health and Human Services, had hoped to place second in the poll. Instead, he finished sixth.

Speaking to reporters Sunday, he smiled and said he simply needed to accept that he "lost."

"There's no sense in looking back," he said.

In his statement, Thompson said he had "no regrets about running."

Thompson and Gilmore are now out. When will the field narrow futher?

1 comment: said...

I'm not sure the others have the sense to get out at this point... you've got a few "Alan Keyes" type candidates who are committed to sticking it out just to influence the debate and the direction things head AT the debates.

And there's a role for that I suppose. After all, I was a huge Keyes guy back in 2000.

But you make an interesting point about Thompson and Engler and welfare reform that sends my mind off on a series of rabbit trails... just the way I am I suppose.

But who'd have though at the time that just a few years later Michigan would be the ONLY state in the midwest WITHOUT a limit on welfare benefits for able-bodied adults?

Even the Feds have limits and the rest of the states in the midwest are pretty much at one or two years. But here we have lifetime benefits.

Hopefully that's one thing the Senate is able to address in the next month.