Then There Were 13 Republicans
Tennessee Senator and Republican majority leader Bill Frist, will not be running for president in 2008.
Frist made the announcement in a statement:
My dad in his later years wanted to impart some wisdom to his grandchildren and great grandchildren he would never meet. One thing he wrote that has stuck with me- in fact been a clarion call to me - was “there is so much good to do in the world and so many ways to do it.
Politics is a noble occupation. Medicine is a noble profession. Service to others underlies both.
The people of Tennessee elected me twice to the U. S. Senate, and I was humbled and honored by their support and every day I did my best to serve them with integrity and common sense.
Twelve years ago, I pledged to the people of Tennessee that I would serve two terms in the Senate – to serve as a true citizen legislator – and then return home. I said I’d come to the Senate with 20 years experience in healing, spend 12 years serving in Washington, then go right back to Tennessee to live where I grew up. I’ve never deviated from that commitment. And I will do just that.
In the Bible, God tells us for everything there is a season, and for me, for now, this season of being an elected official has come to a close. I do not intend to run for president in 2008.
The 13 potential 2008 Republican candidates now include:
- Virginia Senator George F. Allen
- Kansas Senator Samuel D. "Sam" Brownback
- Illinois attorney John H. Cox
- Former US House Speaker and Georgia Congressman, Newton L. "Newt" Gingrich
- Former New York City Mayor Rudolph W. "Rudy" Giuliani
- Nebraska Senator Charles T. "Chuck" Hagel
- Arkansas Governor Michael D. "Mike" Huckabee
- California Congressman Duncan L. Hunter
- Arizona Senator John S. McCain III
- New York Governor George E. Pataki
- Massachusetts Governor W. Mitt Romney
- Colorado Congressman Thomas G. "Tom" Tancredo
- Former Wisconsin Governor Tommy G. Thompson
Senate Majority Leader and Tennessee Senator, William H. "Bill" Frist
With Frist's decision not to run, there remain 25 potential 2008 presidential candidates.