As expected, Representative Michele Bachmann (R-MN) is dropping out of the campaign for the Republican presidential nomination:
Bachmann exits presidential race
By Alex Leary
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — — Michele Bachmann left the race for president Wednesday morning, becoming the first casualty of the Iowa caucuses.
“The people of Iowa spoke with a clear voice, so I have decided to stand aside,” she said at a Marriott hotel, flanked on a podium by her large family. “I have no regrets. We made a very important contribution to this race.”
Bachmann finished sixth, just ahead of Jon Huntsman, who did not compete in the Hawkeye state. She won the Ames straw poll in August and for a brief time led the field. But Bachmann was undone by a string of false statements and gaffes that shook the confidence of her tenuous support.
Dozens of reporters were on hand for the announcement, the last gasp of action in Iowa as the race shifted to New Hampshire. Bachmann invoked her faith and said she ran to oppose President Barack Obama’s health care law and insisted she made an impact in raising issues.
“I didn’t try to spin you, I listened to the people of Iowa, and all across America, that President Obama and his socialist policies must be stopped,” Bachmann said.
Thank You America!
I will be forever grateful to Iowa and its people for launching us on this path with our victory in the Iowa Straw Poll. While I will not be continuing in this race, my faith in the Lord God Almighty, this country, in our republic, has been strengthened. As I have traveled around Iowa, and the country, I have seen the very best in America, our people. And I will always believe in the greatness of them and the greatness of our God.
And, of course, I am deeply grateful to our entire campaign team, here in Iowa, in South Carolina and everywhere. I have no regrets. We never compromised our principles and we can leave this race knowing that we ran it with integrity and that we made an important contribution.
Thank you, God Bless you.
Mrs Bachmann was certainly the best looking candidate, but her penchant for gaffes hurt her. Her lack of any meaningful executive experience was a factor your editor considered.
Governor Rick Perry (R-TX), who finished in fifth place in Iowa, initially said that he was going to return to the Lone Star State to evaluate his campaign, but today tweeted that he was staying in the race, planning to make his next (last?) stand in South Carolina. South Carolina is the first state in the Republican primary process which restricts voting to registered Republicans; the New Hampshire primary allows independents to vote, and the the participants in the Iowa caucuses includes, according to CNN last night, 24% independents and 2% Democrats.1 That should considerably weaken the support for Representative Ron Paul (R-TX), the third place finisher in Iowa, and will leave Governor Perry fighting with former Representative Newt Gingrich (R-GA) and former Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA), both of whom have less money available than Governor Perry, for the anyone-but-Romney vote. But after his own series of gaffes in the early debates, he’ll have to display a sharpness he hasn’t shown before.
To put it in terms of the NFL, he still has a chance to make the playoffs, but he’s going to need to win out and get some help.
- It was in South Carolina’s closed primary that Governor George Bush (R-TX) finally shook off Senator John McCain (R-AZ) in the 2000 campaign. ↩