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2:00 PM ET, February 7, 2008


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Krooney / The Page:
Romney Quits Race  —  Says time of war is not the right time to continue GOP fight: “I feel I have to stand aside.”  —  Read full remarks at the CPAC conference here.  —  Did not endorse McCain.  —  AP: Decision effectively cedes nomination to McCain.  —  HALPERIN'S TAKE: TEN THINGS MITT ROMNEY COULD HAVE DONE DIFFERENTLY
Byron York / The Corner:
Romney Pulling Out?  Campaign Doesn't Want “To Look Destructive At What Might Be The End.”  —  We are beginning to see signs that Mitt Romney might be preparing to pull out of the Republican race.  —  Everyone is looking for tea leaves from the campaign, and we'll know more about the governor's state …
Eric Pianin / The Fix:
Romney Announces He Is Dropping Out of GOP Race  —  Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney announced today he will suspend his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination.  —  He revealed his decision during a a speech to the Conservative Political Action Committee conference a few minutes ago in Washington, D.C.
Discussion: Politics Plus
Michelle Malkin:
Live from CPAC: Romney speaks..."Frankly in this time of a war, I cannot let my campaign be a part of aiding a surrender to terror...I feel I need to stand aside"  —  12:43pm Eastern.  I'm starting a new thread for Romney's speech...awaiting his official announcement of the suspension of his campaign.
Discussion: The Newshoggers
Associated Press:
Romney suspends presidential campaign  —  Fears a fight to the convention would make Democratic victory more likely  —  BOSTON - Former Massachussetts Gov. Mitt Romney is supsending his presidential campaign, effectively ceding the Republican nomination to Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.
Discussion: Where's the Outrage?
Marc Ambinder:
AP has Excerpts of Romney's Drop Out Speech  —  “If I fight on in my campaign, all the way to the convention, I would forestall the launch of a national campaign and make it more likely that Senator Clinton or (Barack) Obama would win.  And in this time of war, I simply cannot let my campaign …
The Caucus:
Romney Quits Presidential Race  —  Updated Mitt Romney is suspending his campaign for president.  —  “If this were only about me, I'd go on,” he said during a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington.  “I feel I now have to stand aside for our party and our country.”
Mark Halperin / The Page:
Transcript of Romney's Speech Withdrawing From the Race
Discussion: GINA COBB
Rick Moran / Right Wing Nut House:
“EXCLUSIVE!”  JOHN McCAIN CPAC SPEECH  —  A secret operative working for this website has gotten a hold of the speech John McCain will deliver to attendees of the Conservative Political Action Conference.  She says I shouldn't ask how she got it although she mentioned that she had a real …
Anne Schroeder Mullins / Anne Schroeder's Blogs:
CPAC to all CPAC-ers: Don't boo McCain  —  John McCain may have it easier than he expected today when he commandeers the podium at CPAC this afternoon.  Conservatives from all over will predictably fill the room to the brim to listen to what the now GOP front-runner has to say, despite a hate/love relationship with the guy.
Discussion: Hot Air, Macsmind and Riehl World View
Sam Graham-Felsen /
Message from David Plouffe: Matching the Five Million  —  David Plouffe just sent out this email...
Marc Ambinder:
Money Pours In For Clinton, Obama
Discussion: The New Republic
Jennifer Parker / Political Punch:
And Obama Wept  —  Inspiration is nice.  But some folks seem to be getting out of hand.  —  It's as if Tom Daschle descended from on high saying, “Be not afraid; for behold I bring you good tidings of great joy which shall be to all the people: for there is born to you this day in the city …
Joe Klein / Time:
Inspiration vs. Substance
Discussion: Firedoglake
Sharia law in UK is ‘unavoidable’  —  The Archbishop of Canterbury says the adoption of certain aspects of Sharia law in the UK “seems unavoidable”.  —  Dr Rowan Williams told Radio 4's World at One that the UK has to “face up to the fact” that some of its citizens do not relate to the British legal system.
Obama Advisers Foresee a Delegate Draw With Clinton  —  Feb. 7 (Bloomberg) — Barack Obama's advisers are anticipating the possibility of a Democratic presidential race deadlocked past the last primary, and the outcome may hinge on a fight over whether delegations from Florida and Michigan …
Discussion: MSNBC, Spin Cycle and Reason Magazine
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
CPAC: Dick Cheney Speech Live-Blog  —  Dick Cheney is giving one of the first speeches here at CPAC.  He got a very warm welcome from the crowd, which is SRO.  The Cheney we're seeing now is the relaxed and funny speaker that we've known from many speeches here and other places.
Discussion: The Newshoggers and Atlas Shrugs
Mister Leonard Pierce / Sadly, No!:
The Beast is Red, Chapter 4: In a Mad Frenzy, Stinging Themselves to Eternal Death
Discussion: Hold Fast
Sonia Verma / Times of London:
Religious police in Saudi Arabia arrest mother for sitting with a man  —  A 37-year-old American businesswoman and married mother of three is seeking justice after she was thrown in jail by Saudi Arabia's religious police for sitting with a male colleague at a Starbucks coffee shop in Riyadh.
Discussion: Little Green Footballs and Hot Air
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