Mitt Romney Says He's Out

By: Associated Press/KKTV 11 News
By: Associated Press/KKTV 11 News

Mitt Romney is putting a stop to his presidential campaign -- saying he's doing so for the sake of his party and his country. Romney came out on top of the Colorado Republican Caucus just this week.

And that means that John McCain has effectively wrapped up the GOP nomination, even as the Democrats continue a hard-fought battle between Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama that could last until the party's convention this summer.

Romney told conservatives gathered in Washington that if he were to continue his campaign, it would delay the launch of a national campaign against the Democrats. And he said he can't let himself be part of what he calls "aiding a surrender to terror."

McCain is now the top man standing in the GOP race, with Mike Huckabee and Ron Paul far behind in the delegate count. Just seven months ago, McCain was out of cash and losing staff.

As for Romney, the former Massachusetts governor launched his campaign almost a year ago in his native Michigan. He invested more than 40 million dollars of his own money in the race, and counted on early wins in Iowa and New Hampshire that never materialized. On Super Tuesday, he won just seven states, mostly small caucus states.

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  • by ChgrBill Location: colorado springs, CO on Feb 8, 2008 at 12:37 AM
    Good Luck, Mitt. Excellent speech. Maybe a VP office in your future? Sen. McCain also gave an oustanding speech & said a lot of the right things, but time will tell. GOP has it's fingers crossed.
  • by mary Location: Colorado Springs on Feb 7, 2008 at 02:44 PM
    I understand how you feel, Amy, I felt much the same way. But I definitly agree with annonymous about voting!
  • by Ron Location: C/S on Feb 7, 2008 at 02:38 PM
    The world is in deep kimchi if a Demoncrat gets in office.
  • by Rich Location: C/S on Feb 7, 2008 at 01:40 PM
    What a shame :-(
  • by annonymous Location: c springs on Feb 7, 2008 at 01:06 PM
    You should always vote. There are parties other than republicans and democrats eventhough one has yet to win an election. But if you don't like what you're hearing from the republicans and democrats the best thing that you can do is research the other parties' candidates and vote for who you think is best instead of not voting at all. The more people who do that, the more of a chance we have for making a change even if it is over a long period of time. It is important that you always make your voice heard.
  • by Amy Location: Colorado on Feb 7, 2008 at 12:07 PM
    That is too bad!!! Romney was the only canidate with enough sense and to run this country how it should be run. I will not be voting!! There is not an Republican or Democrate deserving of my vote!!
  • by Jeffrey Location: Atlanta on Feb 7, 2008 at 10:46 AM
    With 3 times the primary turnout as republicans, the democrats will easily walk over the war-monger McCain.
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