MILWAUKEE -- Former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy G. Thompson said yesterday that he is dropping out of the race for the Republican presidential nomination after finishing sixth in an Iowa straw poll.
"I have no regrets about running," he said in a statement released yesterday evening by his campaign.
"I felt my record as governor of Wisconsin and secretary of health and human services gave me the experience I needed to serve as president, but I respect the decision of the voters," said Thompson, 65. "I am leaving the campaign trail today, but I will not leave the challenges of improving health care and welfare in America."
Thompson had said before Saturday's Iowa event that he would drop out of the race unless he finished first or second.