Romney Ends White House Bid

Former Mass. governor fared poorly on Super Tuesday
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 7, 2008 11:23 AM CST
Republican presidential hopeful former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney drives into the parking lot of his campaign headquarters in Boston, Mass., Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2008. The day after his Super Tuesday...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – In the wake of his poor Super Tuesday showing, Mitt Romney ended his presidential campaign this afternoon, CNN reports. In a rousing address at a conservative conference today, the former Massachusetts governor said, “If this were only about me, I’d go on”—but that his presence in the race was preventing a Republican nominee from taking his candidacy national.

Blasting the Democrats for wanting to leave Iraq, Romney conceded defeat: “I simply cannot let my campaign be a part of aiding a surrender to terror.” The fate of Romney's 270 delegates remains unclear, but the former Olympics exec spoke as though the GOP nominee was now decided: “I disagree with Senator McCain on a lot of issues…I now have to stand aside for our party and our country.”