[Guest post by DRJ]
Mitt Romney has ended his battle for the GOP nomination. According to a spokesman, Romney decided to quit as he wrote his CPAC speech. He announced his decision to a stunned CPAC audience this morning.
Courtesy of Fox News, here are selected excerpts from his speech:
“If I fight on in my campaign, all the way to the convention … I’d forestall the launch of a national campaign and frankly I’d be making make it easier for Senator Clinton or Obama to win,” Romney told the Conservative Political Action Conference. “Frankly, in this time of war, I simply cannot let my campaign, be a part of aiding a surrender to terror.”
“This isn’t an easy decision. I hate to lose,” Romney said Thursday, as many in the crowd booed the decision. “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.”
Mitt Romney is a man of principle in a party that used to stand for principle.