CNN) — Mitt Romney suspended his bid for the Republican presidential nomination Thursday, saying if he continued it would “forestall the launch of a national campaign and be making it easier for Senator Clinton or Obama to win.”
“In this time of war, I simply cannot let my campaign be a part of aiding a surrender to terror. This is not an easy decision. I hate to lose,” the former Massachusetts governor said.
“If this were only about me, I’d go on. But it’s never been only about me. I entered this race because I love America, and because I love America, in this time of war I feel I have to now stand aside for our party and for our country.” . . .
I think Romney’s statement makes it clear how low at least some Republicans will go in this election, to equate a Democratic victory with a “surrender to terror.”
I’m no fan of Clinton or Obama at this point, and am undecided whether I’ll be able to vote for one of them in good conscience or not, but I have to say that statements like Romney’s are the kind of thing that might force me to vote for a lesser-than-two-evils democrat.
I think that given the tone that the Republicans are taking, that it is time for the Democrats to hit back and to hit back hard. Obama and Clinton need to quit making wishy-washy statements about the war and instead state clearly that under their watch that the war will end, and it will end soon. Then the people of American can decided — do they want eternal war and deaths out of a fear of “terror”, or do they want want an end to war and solid diplomatic action to prevent future terror. It is a given that the Republicans will accuse the Democratic stance as being that of surrender, whether the move to end the war is mushy or for real. So, if you are going to catch hell for it, then why not go all out. A clear stance to end the war soon (within 12 months or less) will make it clear to the American people what they are going to get. If the Democrat will take this stance they will get my vote and I think the votes of many more.