Mitt Romney, who “had vowed to press on despite disappointing results in the Super Tuesday primary contests,” has suspended his campaign. He made his announcement at “the annual Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington,” leaving John McCain as the clear front-runner. (video below)
CNN reports: “Mitt Romney suspended his bid for the Republican presidential nomination Thursday, saying if he continued it would “forestall the launch of a national campaign and be making it easier for Sen. Clinton or Obama to win.””
“In this time of war, I simply cannot let my campaign be a part of aiding a surrender to terror. This is not an easy decision. I hate to lose,” the former Massachusetts governor said.
“If this were only about me, I’d go on. But it’s never been only about me. I entered this race because I love America, and because I love America, in this time of war I feel I have to now stand aside for our party and for our country.”
The full transcript of Romney’s speech is available at TIME’s blog, The Page. Watch the video: