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Bachmann Bids Adieu

Two candidates have plenty to be excited in the race for GOP Republican nomination. Last week at the Iowa Caucus, Mitt Romney came in first with 30,015 votes edging out Rick Santorum who had 30,007 votes.

However it wasn’t all  bright and cheery for Michelle Bachmann, the only woman running for president, came in sixth place with only 6,073 votes, a startling difference from coming in first place in Iowa’s summer straw poll. Now, according to ABC News, Bachmann has decided to end her campaign, the second notable candidate to do so since Herman Cain.

Just last week after the results, Bachmann vehemently denied claims and resisted pressure to withdraw from the campaign because of her sixth place finish.

As reported by the Wall Street Journal, Bachmann spoke in a statement about how she is the only “true conservative” and that Republicans must realize that they have a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” to help her repeal “Obamacare“.

But with only 5% of the votes, she has decided to call it quits.

Around mid-morning on Wednesday in Des Moines, Iowa she gathered her supporters to release this statement:

“Last night, the people of Iowa spoke with a very clear voice, and so I have decided to stand aside. . .We must rally around the person that our country and our party and our people select to be that standard-bearer . . .I will not be continuing this race for the presidency.”

To have this announcement, she cancelled her trip to South Carolina, another state voting later this month.

Bachmann began to hit rock bottom once Rick Perry entered the picture, a man with more money to generate ads and help keep his camp running. It did not help that one of her advisors, Ed Rollins, who worked for Mike Huckabee as well as Reagan and Bush in 1984, publicly criticized her when he left her campaign.

He stated to the media that Bachmann was “out of money and ideas” and when it came to her character she had “no substance.”

Before she officially left the limelight, Bachmann had one more attack to launch at our current president, Barack Obama. She said:

“President Obama and his socialist policies need to be stopped.”

She even left a goodbye message on her offical website:

“I will be forever grateful to Iowa and its people for launching us on this path with our victory in the Iowa Straw Poll. While I will not be continuing in this race, my faith in the Lord God Almighty, this country, in our republic,  has been strengthened.  As I have traveled around Iowa, and the country, I have seen the very best in America, our people.

And I will always believe in the greatness of them and the greatness of our God. And, of course, I am deeply grateful to our entire campaign team, here in Iowa, in South Carolina and everywhere.  I have no regrets.  We never compromised our principles and we can leave this race knowing that we ran it with integrity and that we made an important contribution. Thank you, God Bless you.”

Well, it seems the voters have chosen, and Bachmann’s campaign needed to be stopped.

What do you think Franklin High? Was it right for Michelle Bachmann to leave the race? Who should earn the GOP nomination?

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