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Bolling Reacts to Romney's Departure

Anita Kumar

Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling, chairman of Mitt Romney's campaign in Virginia , released the following statement after Romney decided to drop out of the presidential race:

I am very disappointed by Governor Romney's decision to suspend his campaign for President. We had put together a strong organization for Governor Romney in Virginia , and I am confident that we would have been very competitive in next week's Virginia primary.

"However, I understand and respect the reasons for Governor Romney's decision, and I greatly admire his desire to put the interests of our country and our party ahead of his own personal interests. That is the mark of a true leader, and it will long be remembered by Republicans across our country.

"I chose to endorse Governor Romney for President last July because I believed he was the best person to carry our party's banner into the fall campaign and the right person to lead our country into the future at a critical time in our nation's history. After working with Governor Romney for the past eight months, I am more convinced than ever that I made the right decision in supporting his candidacy.

"Through this campaign Mitt Romney has emerged at the conservative conscious of the Republican Party. He is a full spectrum conservative who understands the need to remain committed to the conservative principles and values that Ronald Reagan told us about. I am confident that Governor Romney will remain actively involved in our party, now and in the future. He has a lot to give our party and our country, and I look forward to working with him again in the years to come.

"I also want to thank the hundreds of dedicated volunteers that had actively supported Governor Romney's campaign in Virginia. I know they share my disappointment in Governor Romney's decision to suspend his candidacy, but they should know that their steadfast support is deeply appreciated."

"On a personal level, I have enjoyed developing a deep friendship with Governor Romney and his family over the past eight months. I wish Governor Romney, his wife Ann, and their wonderful family all the best in their future endeavors."

By Anita Kumar  |  February 8, 2008; 7:11 AM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Bill Bolling , Election 2008/President , Election 2009  
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Endorsements from Bill Bolling and his cronies are precisely why Governor Romney had no chance of prevailing in Virginia. The GOP is in some sorry shape with such leadership as our LT. Gov provides. He will be another in a long line of gubernatorial losers.

Posted by: B McMahon | February 8, 2008 10:26 PM | Report abuse

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