1/22/08 – Statement from Sen. Fred ThompsonMcLean, VA – Senator Fred Thompson today issued the following statement about his campaign for President:

“Today I have withdrawn my candidacy for President of the United States.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.”

Fred Thompson would have made a stellar president and I’m sorry to see the best man for the job bowing out of the race. There are still other very qualified and capable GOP candidates still competing for the nomination. I’ll be waiting to see if Fred endorses one of them. His opinion will certainly be a big factor in choosing where I put my support. And who knows, perhaps come next fall there will be a ????? / Thompson ticket.

Today, I’m leaning towards Mitt Romney, or perhaps Mike Huckabee, but certainly not John McCain nor Ron Paul at this point. I’ve got a few issues I need to look into before making any firm decisions.